How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day

I less than three (<3) fashion!

I think a big part of the Valentine’s Day marketing blast is lost on me. And for the most part many Asians. I and most of the Chinese people I know don’t really care much for candy and other sweets. We just didn’t have it when we were kids. Although I have an occasional piece of chocolate, just to be polite of course, it’s not something I crave. I save a lot of money and avoid a lot of empty calories on Valentine’s Day, Easter, Sweetest Day and any other holiday that has candy as a central theme. I’ll see someone’s picture of a decadent dessert on Instagram and just sort of yawn. But show me a photo of a beautiful sushi plate or fruit bowl and you’ve gotten my attention! I did ask my husband to buy me a heart shaped box of chocolates but it was mostly to be used as a prop for my photo shoots. Of course we may have to eat the chocolate just to keep it from going bad. After all, I hate to be wasteful! And I can reuse the box for my Valentine’s Day posts next year so it was really sort of a business decision! Just to make sure you know, I really don’t like the chocolate I’m eating, it just goes to show how dedicated I am to my blog!

How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day

Well, we’re in the last couple posts of my Valentine’s Day suggestions. And if I do say so myself I’m finishing strong! As I hope you’ve read, I love animal prints. They are versatile, on trend chic and timeless. For today, I’ve gone with a rust color leopard print velvet dress. The neck and sleeves are soft black velvet so add a second layer of texture to the piece. There’s even a very cool faux fur collar on the dress to add a fun and warm feature. Adding even more depth is a mesh outer layer that gives a little shimmer and a lot of interest to the animal print. The length of the dress is about mid-thigh which is just right for my petite frame. If it were any higher I couldn’t wear this to work and too long and it would shorten my appearance more than my lack of height does alone. Wine colored suede heels echo the color of the dress and add a splash of contrast against my black tights.

Yellow winter coat
Yellow winter coat

I added another flash of color with my fun and shiny carousel horse pin. I love to search for vintage pins at thrift shops and yard sales and have assembled a bit of a collection over the last few years. They are a great way to put a pop of bright color on any outfit. They also are a nice accent to go with my bracelets and rings. Accessories can really make an outfit special and I’m always on the lookout for that just right bangle at that just right price! The leopard print has quite a bit of color as my focus piece so I kept it more neutral when I chose my purse. My metallic silver leather clutch with matching silver chain strap gives great shine without any clash. And keeping in the color palette family was easy when I went out the door by covering up with my sunny yellow coat. The colors in this outfit put a smile on my face. Since it was there I brightened it up with a kiss of orange lipstick. Now that’s a look I can live with.

How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
Animal print dress
Animal print dress
silver bag
silver bag
vintage pin
vintage pin
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day
How to rock an animal print dress for Valentine’s Day

Coat @Macy’s
Dress @China
Silver purse @Michael Kors
Shoes @Nordstrom Rack

Cheers!
Grace

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