Ann Taylor Jumps on the Dalmatian Print Bandwagon

Houndstooth? Hah! This fall it's all about the Dalmatian print, and here's another designer who endorses it.

Janine Kahn  |  Sep 27th 2012


This time last year, we were seeing a lot of houndstooth and leopard prints making their way off the runway and into mainstream women’s wardrobes. This fall, we’re still seeing a little bit of that, but I’m beginning to think that Dalmatian is the new leopard.

Earlier in the month, we mentioned how H&M was getting spotty at a fairly low pricepoint (clothes from $12.99 and up). Now, Ann Taylor has joined the party in an arguably classier manner, using the Dalmatian print to punctuate an outfit rather than smother it. 

Here are some of our favorites:

Above: Ann Taylor’s Spotted Perfect Block Heels. They’re currently $198, but the site has had 30 percent off deals on and off the past few weekends and will likely do so again if you’re patient, bringing them down to $138. I’m considering going all in on these next time I get a paycheck (mainly because I’m already married to the crazy dog lady image — see this clip at the 2:11 mark) unless you can talk me out of it.

There’s also a spotted bootie at a much higher pricepoint (and heel).

The Spotted Turnlock Cuff, $58, could definitely jazz up all that black in your closet. It runs a wee bit small according to comments left on the Ann Taylor site.

If you want a small taste of this print in your wardrobe and don’t want to scream Cruella de Vil, Ann’s Spotted Necklace is a good pick. 

One buyer says: “I wanted to get my sister something in the spotted hair calf material but knew she wasn’t as daring with her fashion. I got this necklace to go with a plain shirt and printed skirt and WOW! What a combo! She loved the look and got lots of compliments from her friends. Just the right amount of trend while still being true to her more conservative look.”

Another cute accent piece is this Spotted Belt, $44.

So, thoughts? Are you a fan of this trend or does it put a foul taste in your mouth? And more importantly, should I buy those heels next time they go on sale? Weigh in below.

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