Animal Instinct

Fashion can be a tease and, much like the perpetually late dude who promises to pick you up at 7 and ends up strolling in around 10, sometimes fashion is kind of a jerk.


While you're waiting longingly for spring, designers are sending their best fall creations down the runway at New York Fashion Week -- inspiring a sick sense of nostalgia for freezing temperatures and overcast skies.


Rather than stashing the looks away in your mental filing cabinet, which may or may not be in a disastrous state like mine, embrace the last few weeks of chilly weather by incorporating your favorite looks into spring-appropriate outfits.


For instance, I'm all twitterpated over Jill Stuart's latest fall collection. Seriously, I give three cheers to any show that encourages wearing animal prints based on my three favorite woodland creatures -- the fox, the deer and the owl.


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Even if you don't feel like wearing what is essentially a giant fox billboard on your chest, there are plenty of ways to make this look work right now. By incorporating the burnt orange, cream, white and navy blue color palette that is seen throughout the collection, you can put together several springtime looks that appease a need for instant gratification.



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Orange fedora

Scoopneck navy blouse

Burgundy bag

Skinny jeans

Fox ring




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White dress

Faux fur vest

Black shoulder bag

Tan heels




Fashion ideas from

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Denim shirt

High-waisted brown pants

Owl studs

Beige oxfords

Coral skinny belt



Posted by Amanda Mears

Amanda Mears



Mar. 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM

I too sometimes long for a fedora, ring or hoodie emblazoned with my power animal.

Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I want ALL of that, especially the heels, oxfords, owl studs, belt and fedora. What a fun way to interpret runway styles!

Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I'm almost positive I can't pull off any of these outfits, but I love the owl top (it's very Twin Peaks to me) and the fox ring. Maybe I can start small with animal-inspired pieces and build up to a full outfit.

Mar. 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

The fox ring reminds me of Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog (you know, the little fox with two tails!) Very geek chic!

Mar. 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

I absolutely love all of these looks! The orange fedora and tan oxfords are particularly appealing. I want to love that denim shirt, but I feel like it would look less contemporary-chic on me, and more mid-90s drab.

Mar. 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I really like the deer vest, the owl shoes and the owl pants! Critters rule!

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