The Right Kind of Animal Print

First and foremost, I can’t thank you enough for the overwhelming support I received from you all regarding my dad’s health.  I feel undeservedly privileged to have you guys as readers.  🙂  I’m also sorry to hear about those of you who are going through or have just gone through something similar.  For what it’s worth, I spent some time last night praying for each of you and your families by name for strength, encouragement, and peace.  
So, from that…is there any real good transition to talking about style?  If someone has one, let me know because I’m stumped.  This is another outfit from my time in St. Louis, and it’s the first time I’ve worn my new LOFT dress.  The idea of an animal print dress used to freak me out a little because the immediate image was one that was also slinky, usually too tight, and overall generally too “sexy” of a vibe for my taste.  But this dress is none of that.  
I think an animal print dress, when the cut and pattern is right, can be very versatile for parties, dates, and an office setting.  I could pair this with a blazer for a more professional look, or peep toe heels and blinging jewelry for going out.  I was delighted to find a bunch of other animal print dress options that I think could work for multiple settings:
Links to Shop:
1.  Target  |  2.  Kohl’s  |  3.  Jones New York
4. Anne Klein – 6pm  |  5.  Target  |  6.  Dorothy Perkins

Shop for the Look:
Dress: LOFT (exact but sold out online)
Cardigan: Tilly’s (similar, similar, similar)
Fleece lined tights: Bare Necessities (similar)
Boots: Target (exact, similar, similar)
Necklace: c/o Love Shopping Miami (almost exact)

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    Sabrina Nooruddin
    January 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely love the leopard print – it gives such an edge to an otherwise neutral color! Great picks!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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    Phoebe Limanta
    January 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I do adore leopard prints on other people and I think it looks beautiful but I could never have the guts to pull it off unfortunately!

    You look beautiful doll 🙂

    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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    January 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Love this dress Audrey. Gorgeous and just enough animal print.



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    Jessica Davis
    January 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    This outfit is freakin AMAZING!!!

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    Jessica Davis
    January 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Hi All, I'm kind of new to this blog. Is there a way for me to view all the older posts? I've been clicking on the archives drop down to the right, but it doesn't take me anywhere. Thanks for your help!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Oh no! Thanks for pointing that out about the archives. I was working on some minor adjustments and I think the search and archive functions got funky in the process.

    For now I think the easiest way is to go to the Facebook page and click on the photo albums. I have all outfits from 2013 posted in one place and you can click into each picture and get a link to the individual post if you want more info or views of each outfit:

    Otherwise, you can also scroll to the bottom o the blog and look for "Older Posts" and go back like that until I get the archives fixed. Sorry about that!

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    Jessica Davis
    January 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    No worries! Thanks so much for your response. I think I'll head to FB 🙂

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    January 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I am in LOVE with that Jones New York dress and will be scrimping and saving my pennies for it starting RIGHT NOW.

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    January 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I just bought myself a leopard print dress (my first leopard print) so I can't be more excited to see how you styled yours. When did your hair get so long?? It looks great!

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    Christie Priem
    January 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I couldn't think of a good transition between serious life stuff and fashion, either, or last night I would have added to my comment that I LOVE your blog and admire the teaching strength you so clearly display. I have forwarded many friends and family members to your blog because the way you put things together is amazing! Your style is consistent and you make everything you wear work with your "brand" – even things like an animal-print dress! My favorite posts were the ones where you showed us the entire wardrobes you helped women choose – along with the many outfits that were possible from those purchases. I love that your posts are always accessible (you shop at Target, too!) and colorful (so many wardrobes on fashion blogs are far too sedate – read "boring"! – for my taste!) Even though I don't often comment, I have saved a bunch of your outfits in my inspiration file and have printed a few posts out to refer to when I'm headed out shopping. Thanks for the huge amounts of time and energy you put into teaching us! After I referred my Mom to you, she printed the wardrobe you did for your Fall Packing 2013 post so she could recreate those outfits. 🙂 And I will continue praying for your Dad and your family. It is very sweet of you to take the time to pray for your readers.

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    Abbé Faria
    January 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    That dress you're wearing looks great! And with the cardigan it's a perfect outfit.

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    January 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    This is super cute – I like how the spots change size a bit, which makes it a little more interesting and a little less in-your-face animal print.

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    Whitney @ Whitney à la mode
    January 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I just bought this same dress and I LOVE it! Thanks for inspiring me to style it another way. You are the best

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    Tracy Miller
    January 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I know what you mean about the thought of a leopard dress freaking you out. My image is of Gloria on Modern Family ha ha. But this is the opposite with the cut, subdued print, and the way you styled it. The whole outfit is so cute! How did I miss this dress. I shop there all the time.

    Tracy @ Its Mostly About

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    Dani Shapiro
    January 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    You look ADORABLE!

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    Autumn Rosenbaum
    January 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Gorgeous! I just love love love the dress! Love it with the mustard cardi and black.

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    January 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Did you end up cutting your hair? Regardless, I really, really like how you have it styled here! LOFT is probably one of my favorite places ever, and this is one of my favorite blogs ever. I'm in favorite land at the moment. 🙂

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    January 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I love leopard & bright colors paired together — that yellow cardigan is the perfect accent.
    xx Abby | a geek tragedy

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    January 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    i think my favorite part of this outfit is the necklace against the dress. subtle but with contrast 🙂

    rhea @
    latest post: Rhea, Et Cetera – chevron dress & blazer

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    January 21, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Those are very cute…I have never been brave enough to try animal prints but am easing my way into it with a pair of zebra striped wedge sandals from Anne Klein. Very fun. 🙂

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    Sarah Christine
    January 21, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Those are all such cute dresses. I had an animal print dress on my wish list a little while back and all my male coworkers made fun of me and said I would never be able to wear it, it might just go back on my wish list after this post!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 21, 2014 at 2:37 am

    I love that one too!

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    Steph Allen
    January 21, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I love the way you have worn animal print! I have only owned a couple of coloured 'zebra print' items because I am not a fan of traditional leopard, maybe because I don't like tan or warm colours much? Your dress is a great way to wear full animal print but in a less traditional, more fun way, love:)

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 21, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I want to see how you styled yours too! And my hair was getting long in this pic, but I had to cut a couple of inches this weekend cuz the ends were DEAD. It'll grow back though 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 21, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Thanks so much for your encouragement and even taking the time to write it all, Christie! I really appreciate it!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 21, 2014 at 2:54 am

    YES, Gloria EXACTLY! On that note…I love Modern Fam! 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 21, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I did cut it! But I have like 3-4 outfits that i haven't posted yet with it longer so you won't see it until later. The change was really subtle, though, so you might not even be able to tell haha.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 21, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Ooh, sounds like a cute pair of shoes!

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    January 21, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I have that exact same dress! I need to find a better cardigan to wear with it other than my black.

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    January 21, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Love this dress! I always like the look of leopard + mustard 🙂
    I really like how this dress fits–it looks so polished and professional, which isn't always the case with animal print!

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    January 21, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Good point – before my obsession with animal print began a couple years ago, I would have thought of a leopard dress as something for Vegas (like tight & revealing – not my style). Now I know much better and it's a great staple in my closet that I consider on many cases a neutral – it's all about the cute and material! 🙂

    Megan from Chasing Davies

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    January 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

    That is such a nice printed dress! I like it with the bright cheerful cardi too. Hope it kept you smiling as you visited family and your dad.

    Away From Blue

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    Priya Pappu
    January 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Audrey, you're just awesome. The fact that your reaction was to pray for others in the midst of your own heartache is just so, so inspiring. I am also glad (and impressed) to hear that your father's health issues may help with some family issues. Sending many prayers your way, lady!

    On a lighter note- this animal print definitely looks classy on you! I love the affordable but still stylish options you shared as well!!

    perfectly Priya

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    January 22, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I am a little scared of animal prints myself because I think they tend to dominate the rest of the outfit. I thought the yellow cardigan was a nice counterpoint to the gray tone on tone dress. (I have seen you wear the yellow cardigan in other outfits and it always looks nice.) I did think the black bib/statement necklace just fades a little into the dress – maybe because stones in the necklace are close in size to the spots on the dress?

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    January 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I am also in the group hesitant about animal print–doesn't matter if it's dress, top or shoes. Makes me squeamish. Same with the color red. Maybe because my mental picture is the same as yours. Not sure how I managed this, but I do have one leopard print scarf that I love but don't wear often. I do really like the 3rd dress option.

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    January 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    This outfit is incredibly cute! I want the entire thing. 🙂

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    Bri Marie
    January 22, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    This is definitely a tasteful way to wear animal print! It's hard when there is so much animal print, I think, but this really works!

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    January 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Yes! I agree that animal print can be really tricky. Too much of it can be overwhelming and too sexy/tacky, I think. However, your dress is just beautiful and I love how you styled it. I think it helps that the dress isn't a bodycon dress or anything – it's a flattering, simple cut that looks perfect on you.

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