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Get Spotted: Our Top Animal Print Picks Under $100

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What Not To Wear‘s Stacy London has proclaimed again and again that leopard print is a neutral. Think about it: it’s predominately beige, it matches with just about every color — scratch that, it matches with every color — and we can’t think of a single second in the last five decades when it wasn’t in style. For fall, leopard is a perennial favorite with it’s sumptuous texture and high-impact look. Brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli can always be counted on for a selection of seasonless leopard standbys, and even labels like Cartier take inspiration from leopards for jewelry and ad campaigns. The thing about leopard that we love most, however, is that it’s accessible at any price (you can’t trademark an animals spots, after all) and here are our favorite ways to add a dash of this daring print to your fall staples.

H&M sleeveless dress

For the daring, a leopard dress is no big deal. Picture Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, Tamara Mellon walking around Monaco, Dita von Teese vamping it up on a red carpet. But for more demure dames, something like the H&M sleeveless dress ($24.95) is an easy piece to wear. The easy, simple shape gets a little more interest thanks to the allover print, and it’s basically a blank canvas for everything you add. Cover up with a black blazer and add a colorful belt for work or add tights and sky-high heels if you’re on the prowl after hours. Picture it with a moto jacket or a cardigan and you’ll see just how versatile a dress can be. Desk to dinner, cubicle to cocktails, we dare you to find a place you can’t make this work.

Available at H&M.

Printed calf hair belt

For girls who are less daring, we’ll start slow. If the full on leopard ensemble was too much, we’re suggesting you start small with a few accessories — not together, mind you. Try the Gap printed calf hair belt ($29.95) over your favorite LBD or with your favorite jeans to add just a taste of this print to things you’re already used to wearing. The printed calf hair looks far more luxe than its price tag would have you believe, and if it’s still drawing too much attention for your liking, just let it leek out under a half-tucked shirt. That half-in, half-out look is tr©s French and a fashion editor go-to.

Available at Gap.

Report Tahoe2

Not every girl thinks that she can pull off the menswear oxford a la Alexis or Zooey, but one way to temper the testosterone in such a masculine shape is wear something that’s shot with a super feminine pattern such as leopard.

You’ll find it fits in with more girly staples like sundresses or high-waisted shorts — with tights for fall — more easily than a pair of plain leather ones. The Report Tahoe2 ($80) is flat out versatile. We can picture it with skinny jeans and a chambray if you’re a Madewell girl, cropped ankle pants and a blazer if you’re a card-carrying member of the cult of Jenna or with a romper if you’re one of the few girls that see Girls’ Hannah Horvath up as a fashion icon. Whatever your style, these flats are undoubtedly more comfortable than most of the shoes in your collection and we’re willing to bet much more versatile, too.

Available at Piperlime.

Coach Madison small wallet in ocelot print

Coach under $100? That’s right, you can get something from the American leather-goods giant for less than a Benjamin that’s not a club-ready wristlet. While small in size, the Coach Madison small wallet ($78) will hold all your essentials. And thanks to the cheetah pattern, you’ll be able to find it in the depths of your purse (counter to the fact that cheetahs use their spots to blend in with their surroundings). Going along with the new Coach aesthetic, it’s got minimal branding, but retains all of the craftsmanship that the brand’s known for. Stash your cash and cards in style.

Available at Coach.

Free People Cheetah Flocked Millennium Skinny

Another option for the cheetah fearing are the Free People cheetah flocked millennium skinny ($78). Take the print and make it a little more subdued, put it in a familiar silhouette and you can wear it just like you would with any pair of jeans. Try it with a white t-shirt if you’re just running errands (it’s something we could picture Gwen Stefani doing) or throw on a tailored blazer — on the shoulders only for some real fashion gravitas — for a preppy, polished look. The cropped length lets you wear it with just about any shoe and the flocked cheetah print adds enough visual interest so that folks won’t think you’re wearing black slacks. It’s one step up from the accessories, but still not full-on animal.

Available at Piperlime.

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MeUndies Pops Up in Venice

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Take a look at your underwear drawer. Chances are, you could use a little bit of a refresh, right? You’re not alone, trust us. Most people let their underwear get ragged and worn before trudging out to snag a few new pairs. But MeUndies, an online-only e-tailer that specializes in underwear, super-soft t-shirts and loungewear, is out to make underwear shopping a whole lot more fun. The brand is opening up a pop-up in Venice Beach so that shoppers that are unfamiliar with the line can get in on the action. The company already has a rabid fan base, and after feeling the goods, you’ll see why.

The L.A.-based line set out to create a line of quality underwear that is comfortable and functional.

Each pair is made from a combination of modal, which is extracted from Austrian Beechwood tree fiber, and stretchy elastine. The result? Undies that won’t lose their shape or fade super quickly. The pop-up shop will showcase the line’s entire product offering, including plenty of underwear styles for guys and girls as well as tops, socks and hoodies. Plus, you’ll be able to snag the brand’s design of the month, which is a get-it-until-it’s gone style that changes, well, every month.

And if a whole underwear refresh wasn’t enough to get you to the pop up, the MeUndies promises a slew of comfortable couches to lounge on, free drinks and more. Enjoy it while it lasts, because the shop is closing its doors come April.

The MeUndies Pop-Up shop is located at 1627 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in Venice. For more information, visit www.meundies.com.

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Get in Line: Our Favorite Black and White Striped Picks

Orange is the New Black showed us all that black and white stripes behind bars have gone the way of Jailhouse Rock. So without the incarceration connotation, there’s no reason not to get in on the graphic stripe trend that the fashion set has embraced this season. Designers such as Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg have always been enamored with stripes, but even retailers such as Zara and Mango are getting in on the action this summer. If you’re looking for an ultra-flattering way to get in on the trend, try it in a bag or your shoes, but if you’re all about wearing stripes, look for ones that go in diagonals or patterns with varying widths so that they accentuate your curves. Keep these pieces in rotation, too, because long after nautical stripes have sailed their last summer voyage, these bold black-and-white pieces can keep going strong.

Clockwise from top left: J.

Crew Linen Tank in Stripe ($42), Robin Piccone Bianca Mitered Stripe Bandeau Bikini Top ($84), Robin Piccone Bianca Stripe Hipster Bikini Bottoms ($64), Kate Spade New York Hawthorne Lane Ryan Striped Tote Bag ($198), J. Crew Collection Stripe Skirt ($148), Halogen Kayla D’Orsay Flat ($79), Ray-Ban for Brooks Brothers Way Farer ($155), MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Sutton Center Stripe Saffiano Leather Tote ($398), Henri Bendel Brown & White Stripe Small Wedge Cosmetic Bag ($38)

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We’ve Got the Best Picks for Resort €” Get That Passport Ready!

During the dog days of summer, we all crave the winter weather. When we’r sick of cutoffs and crochet, we’d give just about anything for an excuse to wear a scarf and a coat. But now that we have to wear scarves and coats, we’re dreaming of seaside vacays and Breton stripes.

Good thing stores are starting to get their resort stock in, giving us an excuse to stock up on striped pieces that give our inner Bardots some major closet envy. So slip into an easy sweaterdress or just add une petite boater to your hat rotation. It might not be sunny where you are right now, but you can head to the shores of St. Tropez, if only in spirit €” just make sure your passport is up to date!