Animal-Print Pants

Animal-Print Pants
Friday, December, 23, 2011 Let's be frank: when the skies go gray, so do most wardrobes. There's something about cold weather that inspires-if that word even applies-our most "blah" outfits, and we know we're not the only ones. Take a look at the street on a winter day and you'll see a sea of dark soldiers dressed in black, charcoal, and navy, which is exactly why we all need to break the pattern and try something new. Our suggestion: why not go for a pair of animal-print pants? As Hilary Rhoda demonstrates, you can keep things in the neutral family, while creating an outfit that's anything but! In short, it's the perfect response to a dismal forecast and an ideal option for a GNO, so we're putting these pants in the spotlight for today's Get The Look!

The second we spotted Rhoda at The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty-hosted screening of Young Adult in New York last month, we knew we had our poster girl for this look. The stunning model turned up in a delightful and easily emulated ensemble that was assembled around Current/Elliott's The Leopard Stiletto Jeans ($198) in Camel. Styled with a simple black Alexander Wang blazer, cozy camel scarf, and black Isabel Marant heels, Rhoda's outfit stands out, but isn't shouty, and looks chic in a relaxed way.

With this ensemble in mind, we found a cool quartet of animal-print jeans for your consideration, as well as a handful of understated pieces to style them with. Read on for our selections and be sure to try this look yourself!

Tripp NYC Leopard Jeans ($66)
While we adore the larger leopard print on Rhoda's Current/Elliott jeans, we also are smitten with the petite pattern on this Tripp NYC pair. If the camel color isn't quite bold enough for you, please note that these jeans are also available in red, a hue that definitely ups the meow factor.

J Brand Leopard-Print Mid-Rise Jeans ($215)
There's something so kittenish and flirty about J Brand's leopard-print jeans, which is why we think they're perfect for channeling your inner Marilyn Monroe. Two more reasons why we adore this pair: the ankle-grazing hem will show off your favorite shoes and the mid-rise silhouette makes sure you don't get the dreaded muffin top!

David Kahn Nikki Power Stretch Skinny ($184, 719.635.6833) in Red Venom
Sometimes we like to ask ourselves a question when prepping for a GNO-WWARW? (That's "what would Axl Rose wear?")-and use the answer as inspiration for creating our look. While we never saw the Guns 'n' Rose frontman in red snake-print jeans, we have a feeling he would definitely approve. Considering how stretchy and saucy these jeans are (in a good way!), we have to give this pair a thumbs-up too!

Joe's Jeans The Wild Skinny ($189) in Velvet Leopard
If you want to go wild out with this trend, but still like a luxurious look, you simply must check out these skinny jeans from Joe's. Not only are they velvet-perfect for holiday parties-they're also available in a muted gray and blue that's unquestionably sophisticated.

Wondering what to wear with your animal-print pants? No worries: we've got you covered there too! The key to elevating these jeans is to style them with refined, classic pieces, like Madewell's Midnight Glow Sweater ($98) in Metallic Honey. A streamlined belt is always a great idea too, hence our inclusion of Mango's Leather Belt ($45) in Black, which has just the right amount of hardware. Another great add-on is Faliero Sarti's Miche Scarf ($254) in Light Heather Grey, a goes-with-anything, lightweight option that you're sure to wear all year long. Last, but not least: shoes! In addition to loving a pointy-toe pump a la Rhoda, these skinnies will also look chic with an ankle boot; try Maison Martin Margiela's Line 22 Pull-on Ankle Boots ($825) for a mid-heel option or KORS Michael Kors' Byford High Heel Booties ($395) for a taller iteration. Whatever pieces you pick, just make sure they don't compete with your animal-print pants and you'll look fabulous!

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