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Animal prints – introduced to the world in the 1960’s – will forever be a print that designers revisit time and again because of it’s ability to tap into our commonly-shared personality traits: a little naughtiness and our inner wannabe rebel rouser.

The safest way to outwardly express the naughty in you and to avoid the always-probing eyes of the police and the exacting, bewildered expressions of men and women if you don’t wear this trend the “right” way, is to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch or ease into this trend for the first time by following these simple rules:

1. Wear one single print like this Blush ‘Muse’ Teddy pictured here ($68, and pair it with basic wide-legged High-Waist Pleated Pants like these from Alice + Olivia ($297, Top the look off with a matching cropped blazer and solid-colored heels. Just remember that a dash of print is all you need to strike the right balance.

2. Never wear animal prints from head-to-the – and that includes your accessories!

3. Mixing prints is an absolute no-no!

Amerie got it right in this zebra print dress at an Escada event, while Miss Kelly Rowland braves the red carpet at John Varvatos’s fashion show during New York Fashion Week Spring ’12 in a matching leopard sheer blouse and pencil skirt paired with suede burgundy kitten heels. Does she ever ever get it wrong? Not lately as evidenced through her numerous mentions in all of media.

Click here to see 3 animal print-inspired beauty products!

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