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Well-tamed Animal Prints

Every couple of years, the fashion world declares that animal prints are "in," and each time, I just can't seem to embrace the look. No matter how pricey the animal prints are, they always end up looking like something you'd wear to a Mississippi casino. One exception: This season's animal-print shoes and handbags from Donald J. Pliner. The designs use leopard and giraffe patterns sparingly and temper them with edgy red and black leather accents for a hip, urban effect.

Zest-ST small flap bag, $390, available here

Sail platform wedge, $265, available here

To see two other designs, read more

Zaza pump, $299, available here

Chelsea flap, $510, available here

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