Do you know anyone from the corporate world who dresses like a diva? Or do you have a friend whom you runs to whenever you need an asap advice on style and shopping? Well, if you do, you are lucky. If you don´t, don´t worry for I´m about to introduce to you that friend, someone who knows both finance and fashion matters, and who can tell you how to create practical runway looks – B of BravoeRunway.
One question that pops in many women´s head is, “how to wear animal print to work”. Creative Fashion is a where-to-go site when you wear animal print because of the wild print guides that I`ve written – How to wear animal print, 11 ways to wear animal print to work, among others. Just then I found someone who has a really strong voice when it comes to this print. In this interview, you´re going to learn some easy tricks on wearing animal print to work as well as the well-kept secrets of a stylish diva.
Hello B! Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Hi Glee! My name is Bessie and I am a finance professional during the day and a fashion blogger at night! My blog is called Bravoe Runway and I create a variety of looks on a daily basis that gives the everyday woman the access to maximize her closet, as well as look and shop the whole outfit.
Your field is in finance. How did you stumble upon fashion blogging?
A lot of my friends had suggested that I do something with my love for fashion. I’m the friend you ask your fashion questions to. Do these shoes look right with this outfit? What if I was this silk blouse? I want to re-wear this dress, how can I make it look different?
What is your signature style?
My signature style is classics with a twist.
What is your best-kept personal style secret?
If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret now would it? LOL, my best kept secret is to keep an open mind and to try anything and everything. You never know until you put something on how it’ll look on you!
What are the best five fashion essentials every woman must have?
A great handbag,
Pair of sunglasses that always makes you feel glamorous,
Well fitting blazer constructed of seasonless wool in any colour,
A dress you feel comfortable and confident in,
Classic tailored white shirt that suits your style, oxford, ruffle, camp style, tuxedo.
Is an animal print item a woman´s must-have? Why?
I think every woman should have 1 animal print item in her closet, whether it is an accessory, belt, shoes, or an actual garment. Animal prints believe it or not are actually neutrals. You can dress it up or down, but no matter what, the print is an accent and can take any ordinary garment to extraordinary levels.
Which animal print is your favorite? Leopard, zebra, python, tiger or lion print? Why?
I love all types of animal prints however; I would say leopard is my favorite! I think the reason is that it was the first animal print I ever discovered and I was 16 at the time! After that, I have loved it since, it’s quite classic I’ll add!
Before a woman puts on an animal print, what does she have to bear in mind?
The animal print itself is a statement so keep everything else clean and simple.
Can animal print be worn to work? How?
You can certainly wear animal print to work. It should never be too short or too tight. I think a great animal print pump can also accent a simple suit. Finally, a handbag with animal print accents work beautifully for the office as well!
Enough talk! Show us the animal print outfits you´ve created for office and tell us why they work.
Pink sweater and gray pants w/python shoes. This works for the office because the entire outfit is professional looking and the python shoes add a fun accent to a pink and gray outfit.
Tiger Jacket 3 ways. You can wear each of these outfits to the office, the skirt version works beautifully for a dinner with clients. The look with jeans is perfect if your office allows casual attire on Fridays. Finally the jacket with the slacks is always a professional look in the office.
Python dress combines 3 animal prints. Crocodile, Lizard, and Python. The python print colours are neutral tan, ivory, and brown. I’ve kept the accessories simple with just earrings and a hat. The crocodile embossed bag and the lizard pumps have added accent but not too much as they’re brown and taupe.
And finally, if you could whisper a fail-safe style tip to every woman´s ears, what would it be?
Always make sure the bag you are carrying goes with the outfit. A simple outfit’s status can be elevated with a great bag, conversely a well planned outfit with “any old bag,” will cause people to do a double take.
Have a great day, B! Thank you so much for your helpful tips.
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