As much as I hate admitting it, sometimes I do get swayed by popular trends. But I always try to personalise a trend and give it my touch. This season, the animal trend has caught my attention once more.  As I mentioned here, I absolutely love the animal trend. It is daring, powerful and feisty. This AW animal prints have taken a whole new level with designers experimenting with all kinds of prints from leopard to python and also unabashedly using animal motifs.  I can’t deny I am happily smitten.

On a Prowl

leopard print for AW13

Here, I’ve paired a leopard print pencil skirt with a chambray shirt. I absolutely love the pencil skirt; nothing compliments your curves like a pencil skirt. It is subtle and sensual at the same time. I think everyone should have a chambray shirt, it is perhaps the most versatile garment ever invented. I love both and here I thought why not combine my two loves?

on a prowl

 

On a Prowl

 

I’ve accessorised with a waist-cincher belt statement earrings, a subtle necklace, cocktail ring and a simple clutch to ensure the focus remains on the skirt.

On a Prowl

 

skirt: Topshop (last year), Shirt: Next, Earrings: Topshop, heels: new look, clutch: French Collection, Necklace: Swarvoski

So, tell me would you join the bandwagon and let loose the animal in you? C’mon don’t be shy it is daring I promise you.

Coco Chanel once famously said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Now, who could argue with an icon like her? I definitely feel that every girl should have an ensemble that feels like a perfect marriage between class and fab. Yes, I would love to have a Chanel trousseau in my wardrobe but times are tough. And tough times call for smart measures.

To emulate the Chanel mantra, I’ve combined a black lace pussy-bow blouse with a dip hem skirt to re-create my own classy and fab look right from the British high-street.

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There is something so subtly romantic about the pussy-bow blouse, it is timeless yet feminine whilst a dip-hem skirt lends an ethereal charm yet is modern and trendy. A waist-cincher is a must-have to accentuate those curves.

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Lace insert blouse: Next, Dip-hem skirt: Topshop, Belt: Jane Norman, Clutch: Gifted, Kitten heels: Dune

top final

top face

Earrings: Topshop, Coral Lippy: Maybelline, Green Kohl: L’Oreal

What makes an outfit classy and fabulous for you? And how do you give a classic twist to a trend. Would love to hear your thoughts.