how to wear animal print this summer

 you would think as much as i love animal print, i would’ve featured it more this summer.  well, i’m correcting that “wrong” today and showcasing one of my favorite tunics so far this summer.  we’re also revealing our next top summer blockbuster, so stay tuned for that.  but first,  let’s talk  how to wear animal print this summer.

how to wear animal print this summer

we preach it all the time here on the blog:  animal print is a neutral that can be paired with other neutrals for great visual effect.  today, i pulled together this sleeveless animal print tunic and these slim ankle pants.  they’re both from Chicos. (i’m loving their summer line this year!)  animal print is fun.  it’s exciting.  and it puts a little pep in my step.  if you’re looking for a little mid-week pick-me-up, then add some  to your wardrobe.  

animal print tunic | slim ankle pant | bracelet set | similar sandals | similar sandals 2 | bucket bag | similar bag

a tunic & white pants

animal print pairs well with any neutral base.  for my base, i’m sticking with white, as i’ve done much of this summer.  (but if white isn’t your color, try anything from an olive green to black.) this slim ankle pants from Chicos are crisp and comfortable.  i’ve gotten a lot of use out them already this season—they’ve become a real go-to.  in fact, it’s hard to imagine what they won’t pair perfectly with.  they certainly go great with this bucket bag, one of my favorite accessories this year.  

animal print tunic | slim ankle pant | bracelet set | similar sandals | similar sandals 2 | bucket bag | similar bag

summer blockbuster:  jurassic park

we’re continuing on with our favorite summer blockbusters today.  in case you missed it, yesterday i chose Jaws.  my oldest son picked today’s, and he’s going with Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.  

based on Michael Crichton’s novel, it’s hard to think of a “bigger” movie than Jurassic Park.  to see full-scale, fully animated dinosaurs on the silver screen in the summer of 1993—there was nothing quite like it.  i think it took all of our collective breaths away.  the sheer spectacle of it puts the movie in a class of its own, rivaled only by movies like Star Wars.  mr. style took my son to see a late showing of it—a real privilege for a then third-grader.  my oldest loved the movie so much that he had a Jurassic Park themed birthday party that year.  it was his first real experience with a summer blockbuster, and that’s why it topped his list.   

animal print tunic | slim ankle pant | bracelet set | similar sandals | similar sandals 2 | bucket bag | similar bag

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27 Comments

  1. GL Gardener wrote:

    Great outfit. I love animal print. I have my eye on your belt and wonder where it is from? I am wearing my cropped white pants a lot this hot summer.
    You do a fabulous job and always look so nice. Thank you

    Posted 7.7.20
    • the belt is a few years old and no suitable substitutions were found.

      Posted 7.7.20
  2. Deirdre Cerasa wrote:

    Hi Beth!
    I am thrilled to see you featuring an outfit from Chico’s! I have worn their clothes for years and love them. I am also a fan of their well priced jewelry. I too am a preppy at heart and my wardrobe shows it. However, it is fun to have a few pieces with Chico’s flair too.
    Love the blog, YouTube, Insta and Kelly’s Kitchen. Happy to see you are healing nicely from your knee surgery.
    xo

    Posted 7.7.20
    • so many of my readers love Chico’s!

      Posted 7.7.20
  3. Ramona Harris wrote:

    Beth, am I missing it? I don’t see a link to your belt. Love this outfit. Also, I seem to have missed where the second dog came from that pops up in some of your pictures. Love your blog and look forward to seeing it every day.

    Posted 7.7.20
    • pax is jr. style’s puppy that comes over to visit from time to time. the belt is several years old and no suitable substitutions were found.

      Posted 7.7.20
  4. Cyndi Anderson wrote:

    Good Morning,
    Love the belt. Is that from a past season or this year.

    Posted 7.7.20
    • the belt is several years old and we didn’t quite find a suitable substitution.

      Posted 7.7.20
  5. Avril Evans wrote:

    Love your outfits but need sleeves to cover the top of my arms. You are so lucky to have slim arms. You look quite tall too.

    Posted 7.7.20
    • good news! Chico’s has a variety of tops with different sleeve lengths. take a look!

      Posted 7.7.20
  6. AB Scally wrote:

    Between not going to the hairdresser for 4 months and the wonderful Style at a Certain Age, I no longer have short, layered brown hair, but grey hair in a short bob. My family tell me I look younger with grey hair. I think it’s because I have a spring in my step. Love the fashions, love the cocktails, love your house and yard. Thank you.

    Posted 7.7.20
    • sometimes outside circumstances help guide a new direction! so happy to hear you are loving the changes in your life.

      Posted 7.7.20
  7. Polly Coleman wrote:

    Love the outfits but the background is very BLAH!! Surely there is a lovelier place to photograph! 😁

    Posted 7.7.20
    • ha ha! you must be a new reader as we have lots and lots of different backdrops for photoshoots. but here’s a secret: sometimes a neutral location
      highlights an outfit to perfection!

      Posted 7.7.20
  8. Andrea wrote:

    Love that tunic and bag! Also love that it’s not poly as I just cannot wear it anymore unless I’m in air conditioning…weep, weep. Also, I see they ship to Canada, so was wondering what you feel the fit was for your regular size. Spot on,small,large? Thanks for any help you can give, Beth. 🥂

    Posted 7.7.20
    • Chico’s has different sizing than most brands. so definitely take a look at their sizing chart. an 8 can be a size .5 or 1 in Chico’s world but i tend to select .5 the most.

      Posted 7.7.20
  9. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Hi, Beth! Today’s OOTD is perfect for our hot, humid Texas weather. This summer am enjoying wearing white capris and lightweight white jeans more than ever. Even doing sleeveless tunic-like tops, thanks to you! Love your hair with its fresh look. Come to think of it, love everything about you!~

    Posted 7.7.20
    • i think you just made my day, sylvia! thank you.

      Posted 7.7.20
  10. I like this outfit a lot! I particularly like the tassled belt but I think that must be something older from your wardrobe.

    Posted 7.7.20
  11. You look great!

    Posted 7.7.20
  12. Love your new haircut!

    Posted 7.7.20
  13. Eve wrote:

    Animal prints are great. My favorite is leopard in its natural colors but I like this print too. Love the belt but belts don’t love me back. Cute shoes and the bag is to die for. I gravIt ate toward natural Browns in summer. Black seems so harsh. Love your hair! What style do you ask for to get this look. I’m stuck in a basic Bob.

    Posted 7.7.20
  14. SUSAN wrote:

    Hi Beth! This is one of my favorite summer outfits on you. You look great from head to toe. Love it! Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 7.7.20
  15. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    This looks cool and lean, and your hair is nice here. It’s a pretty length. Your movie choices are perfect for summer lazy evenings. Enjoy!

    Posted 7.7.20
  16. Lisa wrote:

    Great outfit Beth! Your hair looks fantastic!

    Posted 7.7.20
  17. Julie wrote:

    Where did you get the brown tassel belt?

    Posted 7.9.20
  18. Claire Neubauer wrote:

    similar belt options please

    Posted 7.22.20

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