When it came to packing for New York I started to sense a theme with everything I was taking with me, besides a camel colour palette featuring heavily there was also one constant in each planned outfit and that, as the title suggests, was animal print.
It all started off with this gorgeous animal print shirt (£59.99)* that I was gifted by Double Two. When they offered me a pick of their designs I was of course drawn to this beautiful print! And as soon as it arrived I knew it would be perfect to take to New York as it was the softest cotton, the sleeves were a perfect length for me (cuffs can be turned up for those with normal length arms!!) and it was light enough to layer under a jumper if I needed to without bulking up.
The neck tie can also be removed easily as it just fastens under the collar at the back so if you didn’t want to layer it over a jumper you could remove it. It would also look good tied in the hair as you know I love a little matchy matchy! Turns out as we had a pretty warm day I just wore it under my trusty River Island bobble sleeve cardigan(£46) . It was sunny on and off on that day and unseasonably warm for New York so I was happy I didn’t have to cover it up especially when standing in the queues inside for the Top of the Rock even if it was a little blustery at the top.
If I had needed to I’d have layered with this River Island Leopard Print jumper (£39) of course which I wore the day after when it cooled down. Underneath was this River Island Snake Print Tunic Top (£15) which I only got one photo of in the Park Cafe as it was so cold I never took the jumper off! I was proud of my double animal print efforts though. The jumper is super soft and has washed well too which can sometimes be a problem with this softer kind of acrylic I find. The top is a size 18 and it is tight. I never planned to wear it as a tunic style but if you do then size up if you can. It’s just been reduced to £15 so it’s worth buying to wear as a normal top like I have and just cut the tie belt loops off.
On the rainiest day I wore my Nasty Gal It Snakes Sense shirt, this is from their ‘ more sizes’ range and goes up to a size 24, I’m wearing a size 20 here. It’s not the longest for a tall girl like me but tucked in it’s just right. I worse this one in Brussels too and it was comfy enough to travel in so it gets bonus marks! Of course I got it when it was 50% off everything so it was just £12.50 which is a good price for it I would say.
Last but not least, more snake print and this chiffon blouse from George at Asda (£14) . It’s part of their Partywear range so I grabbed it when there was 25% off (plus then my discount for working for them!). With a vest top under its fab for work too. It’s a little short on the arms for me as most things are but I still love it! It buttons at the neck to make it super high neck but I left it unbuttoned here as I hate when I can feel a high neck on me if that makes sense!
To travel in I wore this New Look Curves Snake Print T shirt (£12.99). It’s another comfy one, I turned up the sleeves slightly as found them to be a little longer than I like them, (they fell down though!)but it was another comfy travel top.
It’s pretty clear that I’m a band wagon jumper and have well and truly got obsessed with animal print, it’s hardly been difficult as the high street has been flooded with it. I also discovered I had an underlying obsession with snake print when I started to look at shoes and bags with the print on but none of those made it to New York because they just weren’t practical enough! Tell me in the comments what your fave animal print is OR if you hate it as much as my husband ages leopard print!?
*Indicated item provided for consideration of review. As always thoughts and views are my own.