Leopard Print [Science of Seduction]

The science of fashion is always a curious thing. I recently learned that animal prints make you more attractive (at least when it comes to male/female dynamics, can't speak for the others). The scientific term is "Misattribution of Arousal." Since you probably don't want to sift through a bunch of medical journals, I will boil it down the main points: 

Ravenous wildcats have sharp teeth and want to eat you, therefore when one wears wildcat print men think of sharp teeth and being devoured, inciting a fear reaction, which somehow also increases feelings of attraction. 

Basically, according to this principle, men are attracted to what they fear, in this case... you.

A Fashion Statement that Survived the 1920s, 1930s, and On

Perhaps this instinctual science explains why this fashion statement has withstood the fashion storms of time.

I'm not saying leopard and cheetah print hasn't had low points. Think Peg Bundy from Married with Children. In spite of such images, the look has resonated so powerfully that it has stuck around from yesteryear's silver screen stars to today's Kardashians.

See ‘em sizzle in the big, buxom, beautiful musical!
— Tagline for "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes"

But how did this animal pattern become a fashion staple in the first place, you might ask? Sadly, it has controversial roots in the early 1900's when African safaris were just becoming popular and travelers would return with their exotic furs. :(

So you have a situation where everyone who is anyone is wearing the newest and greatest trend. Until...

Jeanne Crain and Jane Russell in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes". 

Jeanne Crain and Jane Russell in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes". 

Christian Dior IRRITATED FEMINISTS EVERYWHERE WHEN HE said...

"If you are fair and sweet, don't wear it." 

That didn't go over to well. The response of women everywhere? A collective, "Um. Don't tell us what to do, Dior." 

Maybe Dior's admonition was tongue in cheek. In any case, wildcat print became the fashion anthem for powerful women everywhere. Thankfully nowadays no animals are harmed to show a little rebelliousness!

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Channel your inner 1940's fashion wildcat:

This week I challenge you to join the fashion icon ranks by wearing some leopard print.

It is fairly easy to incorporate into just about any wardrobe because the bottom line is, cheetah/leopard print are considered neutrals. Check out the pics below for some inspiration to get your started.   

 

Dip your toes into the leopard print fashion pool with  this stunning infinity scarf  for less than $10. 

Dip your toes into the leopard print fashion pool with this stunning infinity scarf for less than $10. 

Amazon reviewers rave about  this very affordable cardigan . 

Amazon reviewers rave about this very affordable cardigan

For a more casual and super affordable look, this  sleeveless version  is super sassy and I love the vibrant blue pencil skirt bottom. Only for the brave!

For a more casual and super affordable look, this sleeveless version is super sassy and I love the vibrant blue pencil skirt bottom. Only for the brave!

Give your phone a bit of animal flair with  this cover . 

Give your phone a bit of animal flair with this cover

My Dress is Thrifted. But I love this  metallic interpretation .

My Dress is Thrifted. But I love this metallic interpretation.

 

 

About the Photographer: Chris Blackburn Photography goes above and beyond mere digital... he has taken the time to learn lost art forms such as wet plate photography and cyanotypes. Pictured above is one of his paper negative portraits. Follow him on Facebook to see his amazing work that at times makes you feel you are walking through a modern art museum, and at others that you have traveled back in time to a steampunk-esque masquerade ball!  

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