Okay, that’s two words, but I mean it. It is hard, if not downright impossible, to do animal print on a budget without it looking campy (at best) and French-tipped New Jersey velour-sweatsuit enthusiast at worst. Now I love camp like John Waters loves eyeliner mustaches, but there is a time and a place for camp. That place is Paramus.
A black shirtdress from Ross can look like you bought it Bergdorf’s but –and sad to say, I must relate this from experience– a low-budget animal print will always look cheap. Cheap? Cheap. Always? *sigh* Always.
Expensive animal print can look cheap too (sadly this is another lesson I had to learn in person via a $700 pair of zebra-print calf hair pumps I bought on clearance that still have never seen daylight) so please, be vigilant. Your best bets are scarves and shoes.