Am I alone in really disliking animal print?

(296 Posts)
escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:28:29

I really, really dislike it. I'm happy to see it on others but I just can't see myself in it. I got given a lovely Lola Rose scarf for my birthday but it's an animal print design so I'll never wear it.

bunnymother Thu 23-Jan-14 16:32:39

Yes grin

Hopefully Thu 23-Jan-14 16:35:19

It just doesn't work on some people. Life would be very boring if we were all the same, style/body shape/personality-wise. I love it though grin

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:37:27

I'm glad to hear that hopefully I was seriously thinking I should start trying hard to wear it grin

I'm sure it can't just be me bunny sad

I can only see Bet Lynch when I see it on me!

marceline Thu 23-Jan-14 16:38:11

No. Hate it. Literally makes me shudder. Lose a little bit of respect for anyone wearing it.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:39:24

YAY Marceline thanks

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 16:40:47

I hate it too. Def Bet Lynch.

Each to their own, but whenever I see it touted on fashion pages, I think "Why? Why?"

HellsGranny Thu 23-Jan-14 16:40:47

Everytime I see leopard or zebra print I shudder!

I think there should be more fresian cow print available though!

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:42:38

rosegold and HG shall we start a campaign? grin Have you ever told anyone it looks cheap and nasty or just thought it?

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:43:28

I went into a restaurant once where there were cowskins on the wall. That definitely made me shudder!

I hate it. I think the only time animal print looks good is when an animal is wearing it ! It just looks cheap to me (and all the tango orange girls where I live seem to vie to see who can wear the most!)

I hate it. My mother loves it, I see a lot of animal print... grin

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:44:37

Oh I feel SO much better, this is music to my ears!

burnishedsilver Thu 23-Jan-14 16:44:49

I like zebra and snake print but not leopard. I don't do brown.

dontcallmemam Thu 23-Jan-14 16:45:35

Is a discrete navy & black scarf acceptable may be glancing at neck?

Helpyourself Thu 23-Jan-14 16:45:49

My people!
I was utterly shaken when I first clicked on a link to the Mumsnet scarf. It rocked me to my core. How can so many people be so wrong.

MarshaBrady Thu 23-Jan-14 16:46:56

I really can't wear it.

Oh except I would really like some leopard flats.

But can't do shirts / dresses etc.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:47:37

Is it tucked under your coat dontcall so that we can't see it? grin

I doubt that would be too bad TBH, it's the actual animal print in animal colours that bothers me the most!

awaywego1 Thu 23-Jan-14 16:47:48

hate it..bleugh.

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 16:48:30

of course I've never told anyone I think it looks cheap and nasty. I just hope it isn't written all over my face.

However "Why? Why?" probably is.

Any Mumsnetters who love and wear animal prints, no offence, I wouldn't expect you to love all my clothing choices. ( But really, why?")

gastrognome Thu 23-Jan-14 16:49:20

I am so glad I am not alone. I cannot bear animal print, except on animals!
Leopard print definitely the worst. I forever associate it with Bette Lynch. Would never wear it. Zebra is pretty grim too.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:49:33

Oh no marsha step away from the leopard print flats! shock

Budge up help there's room for more! grin

Owllady Thu 23-Jan-14 16:49:34

I don't like it either but my fourteen year old daughter loves it

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 16:50:43

For any Archers listeners, I imagine Lilian wearing it. Especially leopard print. The worst.

HortenMarket Thu 23-Jan-14 16:50:55

Actually totally agree with you. I've always thought it was horrid. Then I bought a pair of leopard print flat ankle boots and I actually quite like them. But that's as far as I will go. Really dislike all animal print clothes and could never have the mumsnet scarf.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:51:27

Oh look at all these sane people on our thread welcome away and gastro!

Why indeed rosegold confused

ExcuseTypos Thu 23-Jan-14 16:51:45

I always think of Bet Lynch (shows my age)

MarshaBrady Thu 23-Jan-14 16:52:35

These flats were one of my first pins way back when. Do they make people shudder? grin

Also a bit animaly quite like those.

But can't do coats etc. Think it merges with my freckles. That's it, I need the distance from my freckles to my feet.

marceline Thu 23-Jan-14 16:52:57

I have only told very close friends. And my mum. I judge everyone else silently. shock

dontcallmemam Thu 23-Jan-14 16:53:00

escargot it's a tiny, thin cotton one. If you saw it from a distance and weren't wearing your specs you'd think it was just a nice blue pattern...

Darn you MN, you told me to buy leopard print pumps.

Bowlersarm Thu 23-Jan-14 16:53:14

Hate it. All of it. Tried to like it, but just can't.

TimeToPassGo Thu 23-Jan-14 16:53:27

Agree it is horrible and to my shame I also find it quite cheap looking. Round here it seems to be lots of tanned, brassy women of a certain age who love it. I very rarely see younger people wearing it.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:53:33

horten, owl and excuse welcome one and all (even if the odd pair of flats gets through I feel in such good company!

Hate it too rarely looks anything but cheap

furbaby Thu 23-Jan-14 16:54:56

I hate animal print cheap and tacky .
I know someone who wears lots of animal print and all at the same time .... think zebra print top, leopard print bottoms , snake print handbag sad

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 16:56:38

Marceline I have never, ever told anyone before. I have come out and I'm proud.

My name's RosegoldRuby and I hate animal print.

What a relief smile

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 16:56:50

Ok don't you can keep it! marsha I'd rather you had freckles on your feet!

Oh look at all these new people we have on our side. Yay!

I will soon need to go and lie down on my animal print bedspread next to my tigerskin rug!

MarshaBrady Thu 23-Jan-14 16:58:43

lol grin

Glad I didn't get them after all that then.

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 16:58:52


Floisme Thu 23-Jan-14 17:00:54

Blimey! It's not my personal cup of tea either but, unless someone is forcing you to wear it, what's the problem? Live and let live people.

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 17:00:54

That angry was for escargot lolloping around on her tasteless bedspread.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:02:20

I wondered why you were cross rose! Thankfully my taste in clothes extends to my interior too - no prints here - honest! smile

Mm I used to hate it, and I still hate some sorts - but I am starting to come round to some bits, especially when it is in more muted colours (e.g. grey & black, or navy/black like someone mentioned). I do also now have some leopard-print (actual colours but bit muted/fluffy) flats which I love!

I think it's partly down to one good friend who wears it a lot, our styles are quite different and I'd never wear a lot of the things that she wears (and probably vice versa!), but she still wears it well and it is very "her" IYSWIM so I think I like it more by association smile

dontcallmemam Thu 23-Jan-14 17:03:13

I best buy this one to match my scarf/pumps/escargot's bedspread

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:03:24

Well flo there are clearly quite a few people feeling shuddery at the mere sight of it so we have to protect them!

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:06:50

myname I think you're going to the darkside. Come back!

leopard print goat don't ?? Step away!

Floisme Thu 23-Jan-14 17:07:07

I can see that, Escargot! And here's me thinking they're only clothes grin

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:07:39

Welcome not
furbaby that's a lorra animals! shock

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:08:48

Ha 'only clothes' indeed! Pah! We need protecting from wannabe leopards parading their spots!

Floisme Thu 23-Jan-14 17:11:51

Ok, Escargot this is clearly something I don't get - along with bag-love!

Wuxiapian Thu 23-Jan-14 17:12:23

I quite like leopard in small doses - a slim belt, flat pumps, a bag, but not en masse; too cheap looking.

I cannot abide zebra or snakeskin prints.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:14:46

I win flo I win! grin (I don't get bag-love either but you start that thread!

Oh wuxi quite like isn't good enough - try harder! grin

hardtostayfocused Thu 23-Jan-14 17:15:16

I'm with you escargot and I'm training 8yo to hate it too.

Someone I know has a zebra-skin feature wall. Hope I managed to hide my shock when I saw it.

RosegoldRuby Thu 23-Jan-14 17:16:27

Myname, tis a slippery slope you're starting on. Give it six months and people will be calling you Bet. You'll probably be wearing those loo-seat earrings too. ( an episode in the eighties, burned into my memory).

Step away from the animal prints myname, you know it makes sense.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:17:07

Excellent work on training hard! Try not to make them point and guffaw though eh?

Back2Basics Thu 23-Jan-14 17:18:17

I love animal prints, with bright red lipstick. Love it love it love but then I'm a nice shape, blonde and 25, I hope I'll grow old disgracefully wearing it to.

Floisme Thu 23-Jan-14 17:18:51

Yup, Escargot you definitely win this one grin I've thought about starting an I-don't-get-bags thread but I'm too scared!

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:19:33

Waaaaaa geroff our thread back2 You're a bad influence and making us shuddery grin

HortenMarket Thu 23-Jan-14 17:22:07
sansucre Thu 23-Jan-14 17:22:32

Not a fan of zebra or snake print but I do love leopard print, especially if it's black/white. (My favourite flat ankle boots are black/white leopard print and I adore them). However, only on accessories, I'd never wear it on clothing mostly because I don't really wear patterns.
I think a leopard print belt, bag or shoes can really pull an outfit together, although not all worn together, obviously!
The flats marsha posted are exactly my cup of tea.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:26:18

san Nooooo0o not even leopards wear black and white leopard! shock

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:27:08

oh horten! Buy them all and bin them Save the world!

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:27:55

I dare you flo I'll bite! grin

Back2Basics Thu 23-Jan-14 17:28:50

Debating whether to post a pic of me wearing my lush leopard print silk trousers... primarni stylee

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:30:07

If you do that back2 I'll have to go back to Woman and Home grin

sansucre Thu 23-Jan-14 17:30:33

I don't care, I think it's rather chic and punctuates navy, black, grey and denim perfectly! Oh, and you'll be pleased to know I don't wear animal print in the summer, it's definitely a winter pattern!

Olivegirl Thu 23-Jan-14 17:30:36

I know what you mean, don't like animal print at all

But I think It made a come back a couple of years back both my teenage daughters would wear it ..scarfs flats etc.
Just asked one of them ...they wouldn't wear it now.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:30:38

Do they itch by the way?

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:31:48

Smart girls olive I'm very proud!

plum100 Thu 23-Jan-14 17:36:31

Oooh i love animal print - especially pink and black! I have the most beautiful grey snake skin effect shoes! Dd loves it too - we love a bit of Bet lynch!!!!

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:40:51

Now look here plum, you're making us all shuddery!

plum100 Thu 23-Jan-14 17:50:01

Im sorry i know its awful but ive always loved it - i am over 40 though so surely thats allowed! grin

mathanxiety Thu 23-Jan-14 17:53:17

I associate it with women my mother's age (80) and my teenage DDs.

escargot Thu 23-Jan-14 17:54:52

math now you'll be able to associate it with our plum (who should know better at her age grin

MelanieRavenswood Thu 23-Jan-14 18:02:21

have never liked anything animal print - glad to see so many like minded people

Ditavontitty Thu 23-Jan-14 18:12:12

Yabuwink-I love animal print and wear it a lot. I also have blonde hair,wear red lipstick and my dh regularly tells me I look like Bet Lynch. Its not a compliment but I could not give a shiny shite.

MinesAPintOfTea Thu 23-Jan-14 18:20:03

Its dreadful, reminds me of the woman in the bed on the big breakfast. Cheap and nasty, even just accessories.

Twinklestein Thu 23-Jan-14 18:20:15

I like a very subtle leopard print or snake print - not many that pass the test but I do like some. But I hate zebra, cow print, and anything with animals on.

plum100 Thu 23-Jan-14 18:30:15

I do
Look 80 if that helps

ShreddedHoops Thu 23-Jan-14 20:52:55

I have two leopard print scarves - one browns, one teal/navy; one snakeskin scarf, two navy/black Dalmatian print dresses (one day, one party), snakeskin flats and leopard flats.

So, er, not my thread then grin Am a by shocked at the genuine judginess of losing someone's respect for wearing it though, eek!

ShreddedHoops Thu 23-Jan-14 20:53:14

Oh and I'm only 31!

Madlizzy Thu 23-Jan-14 20:56:44

I really don't like it at all.

gastrognome Thu 23-Jan-14 21:10:25

Is this a good time to admit that I don't like skull print either? Makes me feel a bit ill.

permaquandry Thu 23-Jan-14 21:25:58

I luffs it, though only stick to one print per outfit leopard print pants on outside plain leggings etc

newgirl Thu 23-Jan-14 21:38:15

on a really really cool vintage-style wearing person it looks great - on me it would look dreadful

MissPryde Thu 23-Jan-14 21:43:46

I have never owned one bit of animal print. I dislike it so.

I had a horrible cow roommate at uni who LOVED animal prints, especially a zebra print paired with the most lurid shade of hot pink. She put up a shower curtain in this combination in our shared bathroom. Every morning, I considered sharpening my toothbrush into a shiv to start slashing at it.

carlywurly Thu 23-Jan-14 21:45:13

Totally with the antis. I have an almost physical reaction to it. Odd.

Scarletohello Thu 23-Jan-14 21:49:29

My ex gave me some leopard print leggings. Never worn them. Tacky!

Do have a beautiful fake fur snow leopard coat tho...

littlebillie Thu 23-Jan-14 21:53:00

I bought a lovely animal print cardigan and when I put it on it looked like trying too hard and made me look old

Twinklestein Thu 23-Jan-14 22:26:22

I hate skull prints too gastrognome.

polyhymnia Thu 23-Jan-14 22:28:15

I like it a lot as long as it's classy (eg I have a lovely L K Bennett scarf in dark navy and teal and another by Lily and Lionel). Don't like bright orange or yellow versions.

Love snake print - again in subtle greys and taupes.

But hate skull prints - never did like them and now they really have been done to death!

ToysRLuv Thu 23-Jan-14 22:35:01

This is pretty much the only way I'd wear it. Maybe. But I'm not PJ Harvey sad

ToysRLuv Thu 23-Jan-14 22:37:31

I think I'd wear it ironically like most of the stuff I wear

I hate animal prints. They are just nasty, tacky and completely without class. And this from someone who loves Crocs.

When I found out the Mumsnet Scarf was a leopard print monstrosity I died a little inside.

Catypillar Thu 23-Jan-14 22:51:31

I'm so happy to see this thread! I really don't like it either- on me anyway, I don't care what other people wear.

boogiewoogie Thu 23-Jan-14 22:54:49

I have yet to see anyone in RL look decent in animal print.

I think the one that made me shudder was a woman wearing a leopard print onesie with Uggs and one of those bear ears hats.

polyhymnia Thu 23-Jan-14 22:56:56

Think there's a huge difference between wearing it all over and on subtle accessories.

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 10:14:50

Wow! I feel thoroughly vindicated in bringing up the subject seeing all these new posters! grin

I hate skull prints too. Ick.

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 10:15:19

plum you don't look a day over 75 ;)

StyleOverSubstance Fri 24-Jan-14 12:00:52

Sorry - but I luffs it - but only if it is tastefully done. Don't like the ott versions of it. I noticed Zara have crocodile pattern trousers in their range - now that's not something you see every day.

PrimalLass Fri 24-Jan-14 12:31:24

I love it in small doses.

I assume the Mumsnet scarf is the rip-off LV one? I had that before I was on Mumsnet so I am just guessing. It is very flattering colour-wise for me, and goes with lots, if you wear black or grey with tan shoes/bag. I haven't worn it this winter however.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 24-Jan-14 14:57:33

I like it sometimes, it can look wonderful in a retro way but often is done badly nowadays. I am hmm at people who judge others for wearing it - it's a piece of fucking clothing, not a lifestyle decision.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 24-Jan-14 14:59:03

Fwiw I generally don't like zebra or tiger print, prefer snake print to leopard print. I luffs skull print though and not a single shit is given.

GiniCooper Fri 24-Jan-14 15:08:06

I hate it.
SIL loves it. ( we don't see eye to eye really) she gave DD1 a cardigan in leopard print. A CHILD. shudder.
She would also be of the tutu skirts as day wear for the children persuasion.

AGoodPirate Fri 24-Jan-14 15:09:57

I think animal print looks tacky. Always. Also fake fur.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 24-Jan-14 15:11:27

I would like animal print more if the kind used in plus sized clothes wasn't so shit.

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 15:19:19

Little: That link.. fucking hell! confused

BettyBotter Fri 24-Jan-14 15:31:33

Oh thank God! I thought I was the only one in the world who secretly loathes all animal print. I thought I was just weirdly out of touch with the world, but now I know that there are many other weirdos just like me. smile

I know somone with a zebra print sofa. Why would anyone think that something like a dead stripey horse in the corner of a living room is a good look?

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 15:40:33

betty you're in good company here grin

LegoCaltrops Fri 24-Jan-14 15:48:29

I'll join the club! I really dislike animal prints, I think they look cheap on most people. I've never told anyone before though, I know I tend to dress quite simply boring. I prefer bold colours instead of patterns, thinking about it now I've got very few clothes with patterned fabric.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 24-Jan-14 16:00:12

I dare the naysayers to call Jackie O or Audrey tacky grin

<tracks down leopard print pillbox hat>

Na, still tacky. Even those beautiful women would look better without the print!!

NinjaPenguin Fri 24-Jan-14 17:20:50

I hate animal print. Especially the OTT fake leopard styles, or zebra style. Looks all wrong to me.

SugarMiceInTheRain Fri 24-Jan-14 17:24:09

No I hate it. Have always thought it looks tacky. My DM bought me a pair of fleecy leopard print PJs a couple of years ago. I think they look awful but otoh they are so cosy (and the only pyjamas that fit me in my current whale-like 37 week pregnant state) that I have resorted to wearing them, but would never wear animal print where other people could see me!

MissBetseyTrotwood Fri 24-Jan-14 17:25:14

I love it. DH hates it though. He says it makes me look unhinged.

MissBetseyTrotwood Fri 24-Jan-14 17:26:33

But leopard print only. Nothing else is right.

I love the tackiness!

TheFallenMadonna Fri 24-Jan-14 17:27:27

I used to hate it, but since I've turned 40 I've embraced my inner Bet Lynch and have a bit of a thing for it.

fussychica Fri 24-Jan-14 17:34:07

No hate it, would never buy anything like that but I'm old & boring

Orangeanddemons Fri 24-Jan-14 17:46:33

Me too, I hate it. I particularly hate children in it.

I can just tolerate zebra and cow, but loathe the rest. They just look cheap.

I also hate twee animal prints. Sick of little dogs/horses/birds. Hate skulls too

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 17:49:46

Music to my ears! La la la la la la cheap, cheap grin

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 17:55:50

Animal print is bad - really baaaaaad. Screams black silk sheets and mirrors on the ceiling. Anyone who thinks they look good in leopard skin should think again - they actually look like this

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 17:57:55

Oooer [hmmm] that's a very good reason, in fact the only reason we need to send animal print to Room 101. Bwahahahahaha poor old Rod.

miffybun73 Fri 24-Jan-14 17:59:58

No, I hate it and will never wear it.

tilliebob Fri 24-Jan-14 18:01:03

God I love this site, there's Sporners here and now I find a thread for people who also detest animal print. I bloody HATE it with a passion!

Yuck yuck yuck. Never liked it, never will. Re-inforced by a recent boss who wore leopard AND zebra AND some other poor animal print AT THE SAME TIME. Including print effect nails. Gave me a fecking migraine and she looked bloody awful

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 18:03:02

Welcome miffy, Tillie and others - you're safe here grin

Plateofcrumbs Fri 24-Jan-14 18:12:31

I used to hate animal print but I've softened to it lately.

I don't own very much in 'classic' animal print (I've got a pair of flats with a small amount of classic leopard print, I think that's it). But I've got quite a few animal-inspired prints.

As I type I'm wearing a pair of black trousers with a splotchy white/grey pattern which is sort of animal print.

In fact here they are. Asos says they're "floral camo" actually so what do I know:

4paws Fri 24-Jan-14 19:18:07

Leopard print is 100% Bet Lynch to me. The visual equivalent of nails scraping down a blackboard. I. can't. bear. it.

And as for skulls. Jolly Roger party hats for 6 yr olds, ok. Anything else, well, what is it with people and death? Can't the world just be a bit, shiny happy instead?

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 19:27:13

If pressed for an answer: skulls seem a bit emo to me. For people who want to underline how alternative they are.. It's a bit boring. But actually, it's good that we don't all have the same tastes pulls on trouser waistband to cover the top of Bridget Jones pants

soberton Fri 24-Jan-14 19:35:05

Wow, I've been reading this thread with interest. Up until now I thought I was the only one who absolutely loathed animal print, of any type but particularly the leopard print stuff, just screams cheap, nasty, chavvy to me, brings back childhood memories of Bet Lynch (the 'tarty' barmaid look was never going to be sucessful or 'classy'). I think these opinions have rubbed off on my three DD's (well, I hope!)
Unfortunately, not everyone 'gets' it and a close friend of mine bought my youngest DD a leopard print 'onesie' (can't abide them either on older children and adults, but that's another story) for Christmas, albeit in muted pastel colours - have thanked her for the gift but honestly, it will never get worn!

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 24-Jan-14 19:41:55

sober think that's a wee bit classist.

Leopard print was extremely classy and de rigeur in the 50s and 60s, it's only seen as distasteful now because working class and fat people are associated with it. Also I feel like being snobby about pyjamas is a bit weird, they're worn in bed and nobody sees them.

As a fat person there is SO MUCH leopard print done badly in plus size stores so it's not my favourite, but it has a very respectable history when it comes to fashion.

I quite like skull prints because I'm a bit of a secret goth, they feel inappropriate and I enjoy that, and last but not least they're one of the less offensive prints to adorn fat person clothes.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 24-Jan-14 19:43:17

Also I enjoy looking tacky because it fucks off naice middle class people.

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 19:47:53

I like ironic stuff/kitsch, but there is a fine line there with tacky..

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 19:50:41

Also I enjoy looking tacky because it fucks off naice middle class people

Oh the irony - given your earlier "classist" comment grin

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 19:51:51

I love leopard print but it has to have a vintage 60s vibe, as a previous poster mentioned. The coat Kate Moss wore for her fortieth was fantastic.

Morgause Fri 24-Jan-14 19:52:24

I loathe animal prints. Never, ever, ever seen them look good on anyone.

DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 19:56:46

I love it. LOVE. I see leopard print as a neutral - dark blue jeans, black ankle boots, my crombie coat and a leopard-print beret, and I'm good to go.


DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 19:57:48

ginzillas exactly. I like it for a 60s, garage-y, girl group look. (60s girl groups, obvs. Not the Saturdays or something.)

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 20:05:27

Gah! geroff my anti-animal print thread, you're making us shuddery <brrrrrrrr>

This isn't about class, it's about good taste! grin

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:06:59

Dancinglady Leopard print is a neutral in my eyes too (Caitlin Moran holds this view too, I think).

People dismissing it's're doing it all wrong!

Look at photos of Bridget Bardot in her sixties leopard print swing coat for pointers....

Iwillorderthefood Fri 24-Jan-14 20:07:02

I can't stand it.

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:08:15

Dismissing it as tacky, that should read....

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 20:08:48

I love animal print. Its how you wear it as with pretty much everything.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 20:09:21

Strokes leopard print scarves/bag and shoes wink

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 20:09:48

I need a lie down

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 20:11:07

Who's Caitlin Moran and why does her opinion count?

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 20:11:27

Is she a big game hunter?

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 20:14:37

I guess, if the only way you can style clothes is bet lynch style - well animal print isnt' for you wink

However, if you're a little more stylish then it seems silly to rule out all animal print. But hey, I don't like black much so just don't wear it - but I don't think it looks rubbish on everyone.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 20:15:19

Caitlin Moran is a journalist with a penchant for leopard print which I think she refers to as a neutral

DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 20:25:09

Ooh I didn't know Caitlin Moran had stolen my idea! She's a bit annoying but also a breath of fresh air.

Other neutrals, imo:

breton stripe
polka dots

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 20:30:18

This is Caitlin Moran. Use her as your sartorial reference point at your peril.

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:33:59

Nope, still think she's fab.
A nice leopard print scarf would sort out that outfit anyway.

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 20:36:49

Oh deary me. I think Rod has the edge over Caitlinconfused

Since Breton stripe was mentioned - what's Breton about a stripe? Did the Bretons invent it?

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:39:04

This is how you do leopard print.

FuckingWankwings Fri 24-Jan-14 20:42:02

I love animal print and it totally is a neutral. Goes with anything. Perks up the dullest clothes, instantly.

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 20:42:27

Sorry gin but that's a black and white photo - I doubt the original coat is black and white. It doesn't look good at all - I'm guessing it's actually a real fur sad

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 20:43:23

That's how leopard print was done once upon a time when it was de rigueur. This is how it's usually done nowadays.

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 20:43:38
SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 20:44:47

escargot - good point. Most, if not all, of the fur from the 60s which is being held up on here as the look to aspire to, is real sad

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 20:45:31

Oh fucking hell ToysRLuv - what is that??

DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 20:46:53

escargot course they did! They wear it with their onion necklaces and black berets (at a jaunty angle).

I think it's just a white (ideally boat-neck, long sleeved) T-shirt with dark blue horizontal stripes. It's a 20/30something mum uniform in south London.

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:49:20

Just to be clear, I don't do real fur - never have, never will. I only do fake or animal print.
That photos is from years ago, which is why it's black and white. I guess it could be real so bad example.
Here's a better example from last week - fake fur.

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 20:50:28

You tell me, SirChenjin! confused

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 20:53:36

I'm not sure I even want to try Toys grin

Kate Moss looks fab in pretty much anything - but if you look at the photo I posted of Billie Faiers (whoever she is) then you'll see what the vast majority of people look like in leopard print. They see KM in their heads, the rest of the world sees BF/Rod Stewart/Bet Lynch wink

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:54:56

Dancinglady Breton striped tops are definitely the mum uniform in south London (at the last count I had five!)

justdrankacappuccino Fri 24-Jan-14 20:55:06


Just makes me think of Bet Lynch and Lily Savage...

Yuck yuck yuck!!!

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 20:56:34

SirChenjin I think the glowing white teeth, Tango tan and shades at night are also contributing to the 'look' in your piccy - bad all round!

Everything in moderation and all that.

DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 21:02:35

Ha, gin, me too... They do go with everything (meaning a pair of jeans and low-top converse).

You leopard haters just need to open your minds... Me, my mum and my younger sister all have the same leopard-print beret (and my mum is 75). Sometimes we're all wearing it when we meet up. We look like a cross-generational Shangri-Las covers band (I tell myself).

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 21:09:07

It seems that the difference between people who like animal print and people who don't, is that the ones who do like it, really don't have a problem with the ones who don't like it!

Wear what you like! Stop worrying about what other people wear. Then you might have the time to pull your judgy pants out of your bum.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:13:17's another. And I challenge you not to judge that look as being one better kept under wraps Mrsap grin

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 21:18:13

Sadly I can't see your link but i agree with lots of posters, cheap animal print is not something I want, nor would I go head to toe or dress my children in it. However animal print in well cut, good fabric...what harm is it doing to the naysayers?

I guess I just don't expect everyone to like what I wear in the same way I don't like what everyone else wears. Big deal.

ODearMe Fri 24-Jan-14 21:19:14

Dislike it immensely

Hoppinggreen Fri 24-Jan-14 21:21:13

For me, only shoes.
I've got a pair of Dune pony skin zebra ones. Ballet flat leopard print ones from Crocs, kitten heel leopard print ones from M&S.
Would consider a scarf.
I wear them with smart black suits and think they look good.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 21:24:26

I fucking HATE a Breton stripe. Boooooooooorrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnngggg.

Ah. That's better.

I flipping LOVE a bit of leopard print. BUT a tiny amount. See, I wear a collarless leopard print silk shirt under a lose black jumper. Un-tucked with either black jeans or leather biker style trousers. All you can see is the cuffs and the hem. And I also wear Top Shops army boots with said leopard print. I would kick Bev Callards arse in this outfit. It rocks!

You naysayers are wrong. It just takes style sweetie(s)! grin

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 21:24:53

Dancinglady totally coveting a leopard print beret now. FABULOUS.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 21:25:07

Oh. And I do hate leopard print shoes. Unless they are Brothel Creepers.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 21:26:11

Aarghh * loose. Not lose.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:27:53

Style and leopard print do not go together in the same sentence Single grin

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 21:28:09

And breton stripes and leopard print have a place in the same wardrobe - both as neutrals! But not in the same outfit...

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 21:28:49


ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 21:30:32

I think the problem I have with leopard print is that to me it (most of the time) looks like the wearer wants to scream: "Yeah! I'm soo sexy me! Look, I'm a free spirit, practically an animal: Raaargh! Meaow.. Raaaaargh!" That's it articulated.. blush grin

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 21:36:01

SirChenin when it comes to the Teresa May kitten heel pump style of leopard print I would agree with you. You win, hands down.

When it comes to a hint a la my style described above? You are wrong.

Soz about that. grin

4paws Fri 24-Jan-14 21:36:55

MrsCB It isn't about how anyone 'styles' it. I just think it all looks awful. There's much I like about Ms Moran as it happens. But if someone walks towards me in leopard print, my first thoughts will always be "Ugh. Nasty, cheap, trampy" But it's their clothes, their choice

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 21:37:08

SirChenjin apols for the incorrect spelling of your name.

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 21:37:36

Do the leoparders all have Bretons as well I wonder hmm

Lighten up mrsap we've been having fun up until now grin Start your own leopard appreciation thread if you like!

I'm still waiting for back2 to share her leopard skin trews grin

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:39:08


<head tilt> Is Kate Moss stylish? Really??

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 21:40:20

Eww she looks a bit ick in that sirch

I like Rod better.

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:41:52

Just for you escargot wink

escargot Fri 24-Jan-14 21:43:36

OMG (I just typed that for the third time in my life)

Rod in a Breton with a Britt!


MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 21:47:15

Wow. Has someone actually suggested I'm trampy shock

Am I flattered or insulted, I just can't decide wink

And it is all about styling. But some people I guess just don't get that sad wink

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:47:49

I am the gift that keeps on giving grin

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:48:39

And it is all about styling. But some people I guess just don't get that

Yeah - the ones who wear animal prints grin

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 21:53:24

Fair enough. Thinking about it I probably did come across as if I should lighten up....but really, trampy?

It's the judging that amazes me. I just hope all those judging (as opposed to having an opinion) are immaculately turned out?

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 21:53:50

Yes, someone have a word with Kate Moss et al about their dreadful style. wink That poor deluded style icon. Bless her. She should get herself down to white stuff and buy some nice flystuff boots.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 21:55:18

They are Mrsap - a bit dull but not trampy in the slightest. But then as Bonsoir once said 'I'd be rather mutton than mumsy' wink

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 21:56:06

Who decides someone is a style icon, I wonder? confused It's all subjective, innit?

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 21:58:34

Of course, but Kate Moss is a pretty long established style icon isnt' she?

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 21:58:57

True Mrs CB. Give me mutton over mumsy any day. Just my opinion though!

nicky2512 Fri 24-Jan-14 21:59:57

DD (12) loves it, always has. I will never forget her crying her eyes out in Next when she was only tiny for a leopard print top. She was sobbing for the lovely "cheetah top". Yes I did buy it. Hated it.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:01:10

Its all just our opinions smile

I don't feel the need to call other people trampy/frumpy etc for what they wear though just because its not to my own personal taste.

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 22:03:11

Love animal prints

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:04:10

Looks at sm in new favourable light [like she cares] wink

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 22:06:48

KM is only a style icon for people who like her style.

I'd rather have stylish over mutton or mumsy wink

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:10:13

Well I like to think I'm uber stylish but what do I know. According to the many 'rules' on mn I am far from it. I wear animal print, I wear white jeans, I use fake tan and I love the ultimate mum boots 'pistols'.

Yes, I am Liz Hurley.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 22:10:32

MrsCampbellBlack always did like your through a screen so who really knows? You could wear mum boots for all I know style.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 22:11:33

Haha! Cross post MrsCB! Pistols are not mumboots and you knows it.

Giraffeski Fri 24-Jan-14 22:12:07

I hate it on me too, I think if one is norky it makes you look cheap.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:12:28

Single - funny mum boots cross post smile

Am currently obsessing over control slip for slinky dress at party tomorrow - tis all glamour here wink

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 22:14:24

There's the line too animalistic=kat slater
Just right,funky

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:15:36

Seriously though, I do wish more people would just treat clothes as something fun. I hate all the rules people seem to have.

Some stuff doesn't work on me but I can appreciate it on others.

The constant judging is just dull really. Wear what you like and enjoy it be it a leopard print coat or a seasalt mac.

DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 22:16:01

Are you calling my mum trampy?! angry grin

All personal choice innit. I love clashing prints, vintage dresses from the 60s and 70s, looking like a frumpy cartoon librarian or a 70s boy. If I think I look great, then I don't really care what strangers think. (My 3-yo DD tells me I look 'weird' sometimes. That's the highest praise grin.)

I'd rather wear things I find beautiful and interesting than a) what everyone else is wearing and b) things that are 'safe' and (that dreaded word) 'flattering'.

DancingLady Fri 24-Jan-14 22:16:38

What Mrs CB said, too.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:17:21

Quite Dancing lady. Trampy is a horrid work up there with mumsy and mutton really.

Interesting there's no male equivalent.

bunnymother Fri 24-Jan-14 22:17:36

Jackie O wore a leopard print coat often, what a tramp. No style at all.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:17:59

word not work - trampy work is perhaps a different subject.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:18:51

Yes, poor deluded trampy Jackie O. sad

bunnymother Fri 24-Jan-14 22:19:00

Grace Kelly and Barbra Streisand both wore theirs often, too. But then, Grace lacked elegance.

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 24-Jan-14 22:21:30

She did Bunny, she did.

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 22:23:50

That's it. It's the judging. My grandma judges people on appearance alone. She has nothing else to occupy her time with, never has had. She is not a happy lady, never has been.

I on the other hand, don't have all the answers but am pretty comfortable with my own choices (in clothes and other stuff). I may not have it right but I am fine with that.

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 22:24:11

I wouldn't take any of this personally. We ALL have preferences, and reasons why we wouldn't wear something. Whether we see the offending item as "mumsy", "trampy", "emo" or whatever.. I don't believe anyone is completely neutral about clothing. Doesn't make anyone "bad", though, unless they went around telling people how awful they look in RL.

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 22:26:07

I kinda like trampy chic,better than Asinine ugg boot skinny jeans mammy uniform

ToysRLuv Fri 24-Jan-14 22:28:45

See, for me the Ugg boots are definitely not in the mumsy category- they are just fucking awful and trampy grin

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 22:30:21

Agree MrsAp. Enough with the judging. Fashion should be fun and I'll take mine with a dash of leopard print, thanks. And I love a bit of Rod Stewart whatever he's wearing!

SirChenjin Fri 24-Jan-14 22:32:26

Really - the stripey vest with matching pants do it for you ginzillas??!

DownyEmerald Fri 24-Jan-14 22:33:41

I have a totally irrational hatred - I do blame Bet Lynch.

Thought DP had bought me a zebra-print scarf (which is not as bad as leopard etc but I still don't like), was composing my face into a "thank you darling" suitable response, when I realised it was actually a scarf with two zebras on it. Which is somehow better! And I do actually like it.

But it looks ok on others. I don't judge. Apart from the woman on the bus the other week - hat, shoes, coat, jumper, all different prints. confused

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 22:36:52

Ugg boots are v v warm though. Very warm.

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 22:40:24

Ps. Ginzillas, your name made me go and pour myself a G&T. Might as well just stick a label on myself saying, animal print wearing, ugg boot owning trampy lush.

At least I know what I am nowblushgringrin

4paws Fri 24-Jan-14 22:42:16

Gee CB who is calling you trampy?

I really really dislike leopard print. That's my view. And yes, I think it looks cheap (and clearly I'm not alone here). Do I run down the street shouting "Oi, you, trampy! Just what are you wearing?" No.

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 22:44:20

Always like my men to coordinate their vests with their budgie smugglers, SirChenjin.

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 22:44:52

Round my way if you'd be chasing half street shouting oi trampy with that criteria
I'd quite like to be chased and called trampy
How exciting

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 22:47:09

gringrin Being shouted at and called trampy would be first for me.....(and quite exciting too), mind you who knows, people may have been thinking it behind my back for years. The mind boggles.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 22:55:13

If there is such a thing, then I like trampy clothing!

Tight jeans? Check.
High heels with said jeans? Check.
Leopard print? Check again.
Leather pencil / skater skirts and leather trousers? That'll be a check.
Mini skirts? Why, check!
Sheer (navy) blouse with navy bra? Check check check.
Dress slashed to just level with the (plunge) bra line? Check. Sigh.
Silk shorts with heels on a night out? Oh, this 'checking' is getting boring now.

I'm 44 and often, frequently and regularly get complimented in my style by other women. Younger, older and same age.

I've no style, clearly. Except, it's not what you wear, it's how you wear it.

ginzillas Fri 24-Jan-14 23:09:49

Mrsap Happy Friday from one trampy missus to another.

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 23:14:46

Love that list,single.your a game burd

Mrsap Fri 24-Jan-14 23:19:09

Single....check on all fronts. Clearly the cap fits. Moment of self realisation gringringringringrin

Happy Friday indeed, she says tottering around in leopard heels, clinking her G&T. Hiccup.

PrimalLass Fri 24-Jan-14 23:36:10

I'm failing to see how my huge leopard print scarf - that pretty much covers me from stomach to chin - is trampy.

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 23:44:58

It's the pat butcher/kat slater brassy thing with animal prints=trampy

PrimalLass Fri 24-Jan-14 23:49:05

Thankfully the rest of me is far from brassy.

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 23:49:06

Why thank you ScottishMummy and MrsAp. I too am drinking a G&T. We're just too darn stylish wink!

Thing is, I've got a banging better body and more confidence in my own style plus more money for better quality cuts / fabrics than I ever had in my twenties or thirties and I've worked sodding hard for those things. Balls to hiding my light under a bushel.

'Trampy' and be damned I say!

<<totters off in leopard print pjs & fluffy marabou heeled slippers>>

scottishmummy Fri 24-Jan-14 23:50:44

See I like trampy as opposed to stifling middle class per una

SinglePringle Fri 24-Jan-14 23:59:04

Agreed ScottishMummy. I'd rather go naked than wear yer Fat Face, Boden, Wright Stuff or the like but I've friends who wear those brands and look good in them - that's their style.

Horses for courses innit.

Mrsap Sat 25-Jan-14 00:16:32

Confession.... I do wear boden. They do lovely (plain) knitwear and some pretty good animal print. Does that mean I can't be trampy? But I want to be trampy. Stamps leopard print clad foot.

scottishmummy Sat 25-Jan-14 00:21:38

I like white company

SinglePringle Sat 25-Jan-14 00:24:43

Is that a tramp stamp MrsCB?!

I see people in nice clothes that have come from both those places. I just don't see them when I browse.

Another example of not what you wear but how you wear it?

WordOfTheDay Sat 25-Jan-14 01:09:59

Just Bet Lynch.

SinglePringle Sat 25-Jan-14 07:29:42

mrsap nor MrsCB. Apologies... (Too much leopard print had clearly addled my brain!).

MarshaBrady Sat 25-Jan-14 07:34:46

It doesn't only have to be trampy/mutton or fat face/middle class/mumsy.

Not that I think a calf hair leopard print belt and the like is either.

But you always see people say that on here -and assume if you're not one you're the other.

SirChenjin Sat 25-Jan-14 08:00:07

Goodness - this thread has become incredibly serious over the last few hours! I'm sure you're all very stylish - but animal prints are still bogging (check)


God I LOVE animal prints of all varieties; leopard, zebra, tiger, snake, croc - you name it, it's in my wardrobe.

I also like skulls, houndstooth, stripes, stars, camo etc. Spots too fucking twee - I'm not Cath Kidston.

The day I start wearing White Stuff or Fat Face you can euthanase me - I'm already dead.

Zebra is my current favourite - in the past year along I have acquired Isabel Marant high tops, Gucci heels, a Jimmy Choo clutch and an Equipment shirt in the print. I only wish I had the balls to wear it all together! wink

SirChenjin Sat 25-Jan-14 08:17:42

Bit like the animals whose skins you're wearing, eh?!

<Disclaimer: yeah, yeah, you're not wearing the actual skins>

PlumSykes Sat 25-Jan-14 08:44:08

I was discussing with a mum at school yesterday, who commented on my leopard beanie, that I was considering getting rid of all my non-leopard items, and just going full-on animal from now on. Was it one of you?

bunnymother Sat 25-Jan-14 08:49:13

No, it was me, Plum.

Hoppinggreen Sat 25-Jan-14 09:33:15

Boden do leopard print - it can't be trashy!!!

buttercrumble Sat 25-Jan-14 10:00:25

Ooh I love leopard print , same as above I class as a neutral it goes with lots of things. Looks great with a breton top grin

Galaxymum Sat 25-Jan-14 10:59:53

I knew I was right in always thinking it looked trashy when MIL said she got a classy leopard print top from Next.

Oh dear it did bring out my bitchiness. But it reminds me of Bianca in Eastenders

So, not really at all then? hmm

Mrsap Sat 25-Jan-14 11:18:39

I love the idea of getting rid of all my non animal print clothing. Brilliant. grin

Love LP and other animal prints <sits proudly on trashy bench>

MadeMan Sat 25-Jan-14 15:16:43

I quite like animal print on women; Kat in Eastenders wouldn't be the same without it. smile

pinkon Sat 25-Jan-14 17:14:51

LOATHE! It's cheap and vile looking

wetaugust Sat 25-Jan-14 17:18:18

May I offer you these photos I took in the Zebra bar on the MSC Poesia.

Zebra print walls, carpets, furniture lamps etc.

You do actually feel quite disorientated when you walk through it.

newyearhere Sat 25-Jan-14 17:39:59

I think it looks tacky and try-hard.

SinglePringle Sat 25-Jan-14 18:30:00

Then, newyear, you've not seen it worn well.

Migsy1 Sat 25-Jan-14 19:08:02

I'll wear it on a scarf but anything else is too Bet Lynch

MmeGuillotine Sat 25-Jan-14 19:59:22

I LOVE leopard print. I'm an alternative dresser and it's just part of the overall look for me - I have leopard print coats and some ace vintage styled dresses from Collectif and Vivien of Holloway. I don't like any other sort of animal print though! I don't really care if the general consensus is that I look trashy, cheap or vulgar as I dress for myself, not other people. smile

I have a thing for skull and cross bone prints too but don't like the more generic skull patterns about the place.

Lioninthesun Sat 25-Jan-14 22:17:37

I went into a carpet shop the other day. I noticed a leopard print square on the side and picked it up - at this point the owner informs me that it is very 'on trend' and that both the leopard and Zebra print next to it are now frequently being asked for stairs and bedrooms. They cost about three times what I was looking to spend, sadly grin

madmomma Sun 26-Jan-14 07:48:52

I have leopard print capris.
I look like a fat Lesley Joseph in them.

My DD (2.6) had on a little leopard print twinset (top and cardi) yesterday - you'd all have been so proud smile

Eliza22 Sun 26-Jan-14 11:28:19

Blousey Barmaids circa 1975. That's what animal print says to me.

And what, pray, is wrong with that look? wink

escargot Sun 26-Jan-14 16:05:31

I'm glad you're not my Mum amber She made me wear a ed crimplene trouser suit shock

I still think animal print is a cheap and tacky look. The pics of Bardot, Jackie and Grace from the 60's were more than likely real furs. The reason they looked gorgeous was because they weren't print but real.

Animal print is just plain nasty and tasteless to boot!

Ner, ner, ner, ner, ner.

escargot Sun 26-Jan-14 16:08:36

*red, not ed blush

missmartha Sun 26-Jan-14 16:22:58

Ooooh rosegoldruby, you're right and i have one word for you….


Eliza22 Sun 26-Jan-14 18:45:38

Erm, not for me Amber but then! you'd probably not like what I like to wear. I will never wear animal print.

MarshaBrady Sun 26-Jan-14 19:27:13

So op, I take it you'll be buying this outfit grin

BanoffeeSplitz Sun 26-Jan-14 22:24:55

Hmm - don't mind leopard if it's worn vintage style, like a big coat.
Not keen on fussy little bits of yellow / brown leopard (shoes, scarves, bits of bra, anything with a bow or velvet trim) - makes me think of Theresa May.

She loves animal print, bless her - she is mooching in her cow print pyjamas as we speak. I draw the line at red crimplene though.

PlumSykes Mon 27-Jan-14 10:53:13

I thought of you all when I put my coat on this morning.

FuckingWankwings Mon 27-Jan-14 11:00:00

It's got quite cats-bum-mouth on here, hasn't it?

Who'd have thunk a bit of animal print would inspire such judgypant-hoicking.

I think the opinion that animal print is trashy, tarty or vulgar is very old-fashioned. It went mainstream and workwear ages ago.

DISCLAIMER I know there are trashy animal-print items available. But there are trashy items of all kinds available.

Plum, I like your coat!

I haven't got any on today, actually. <<lets side down>>

Bonsoir Mon 27-Jan-14 11:01:31

DD has to have a plain navy coat for school (any make) with no logos etc. She is, however, allowed free rein as to the colour of her scarf.

We cheated a bit this year and she has a navy coat with a leopard-print collar. It's very sweet!

Mrsap Mon 27-Jan-14 11:15:21

Just realised I have no animal print on today either. Will rectify that as soon as I go out again.

Love, cats bum mouth. I know so many people who have that down to a fine art. grin

bunnymother Mon 27-Jan-14 11:16:11

High fives gorgeous Plum - I am wearing my leopard print coat today, too. The DDs were delighted and DD1 has asked to have it when she is bigger.

PlumSykes Mon 27-Jan-14 11:19:35

Two little girls stroked me in the playground. I like being The Leopard Lady.

Bonsoir Mon 27-Jan-14 11:21:25

PlumSykes - I too have a fake fur coat that attracts little girls! It's a magnet in the playground!

mathanxiety Tue 28-Jan-14 05:00:05

SirChenjin, I just got your name.

<neither here nor there>

Snowdown Tue 28-Jan-14 06:22:48

I like a bit of animal's lace I'm not too keen on.

EugenesAxe Tue 28-Jan-14 06:38:56

No - it's tacky and inappropriate, especially if it mimics hide of an endangered species. I know we wear cow but I see that as not wasting resources we have at our disposal anyway.

FuckingWankwings Tue 28-Jan-14 09:49:34

'inappropriate' hmm In what way, Axe?

KatnipEvergreen Tue 28-Jan-14 09:59:07

Two words: BET LYNCH. (Not you, Plum, btw, you look lovely).

That's what animal print means to me, so it's not my style. Too vampy.

I have a pink leopard-print dressing gown, but I think dressing gowns are allowed to be loud and naff. Other than that, I don't do animal print.

EugenesAxe Wed 29-Jan-14 04:58:43

Wankwings - kind of like I said; it's giving a message that people want to wear animals that are endangered. Although I'm aware that things like zebra & probably crocodile aren't endangered. It's just potential fuel to the illegal poaching fire.

Chottie Wed 29-Jan-14 05:00:41

I dislike animal prints intensely too. They just scream Bet Lynch to me.

Floisme Wed 29-Jan-14 07:14:34

I'm not a huge fan of animal print but I adore Bet Lynch smile

HugoTheHippo Wed 29-Jan-14 09:15:38

I like animal print, but my husband hates it. We've made a deal that I won't wear animal print if he won't wear pink shirts - works for us!

FuckingWankwings Wed 29-Jan-14 09:25:11

Axe, I think that's a very tenuous argument. If anything, surely it means that people are wearing fake because they don't want to wear real?

But really, I suspect that the issue of real/fake doesn't even enter a lot of people's heads. Personally I just think of animal prints as nice prints/colours, just like a stripe or a floral print or whatever.

PrimalLass Wed 29-Jan-14 19:37:42

it's giving a message that people want to wear animals that are endangered.

No, I just like the pattern. I definitely would not want to wear real fur.

FuckingWankwings Thu 30-Jan-14 14:59:32

Quite. And judging by the amount of faux fur and animal print around, if there is a demand issue then the demand is for the fake stuff that's produced in such huge quantities.

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