Animal Prints & Your Professional Image

Animal PrintOne of the season’s fashion trends is animal prints. They are showing up every where, from earrings to shoes. The question is how to wear them and maintain your professional image.

Like all good things, moderation is the name of the game. Resist the urge to wear your animal print from head-to-toe. Balance it with a solid color. If you are wearing an animal print dress, wear a solid jacket (a jacket makes most any outfit more polished, you know) or a “neutral print” jacket such as a close pinstripe. Wear an animal print jacket or sweater over a solid dress. If you have a pair of the (really sharp!) animal print pumps, wear them with a solid or “neutral print” dress, skirt or pair of slacks.
My style.com lookbook has a few of my favorite animal print looks. Some are office-ready; some may require a bit of modification. Check it out for some ideas on incorporating animal prints into your professional image.

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About Bonnie Mahaffey

Bonnie believes that the business casual environment has made it very challenging for women to compete in the corporate arena. "Perception is everything and women, historically, are not perceived as seriously business-minded when they are dressed casually. The mission of Polished Professional Image is to help women choose the most effective business image based on their professional goals and work environments."
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