jacket: Ann Taylor (also like this coat a lot) // pants: do I even have to say at this point? (buy them here) // shoes: rag & bone (last seen here) // pashmina: don't know where it's from (similar here and I want this one) purse: Chanel (last seen here)

Maybe if I wasn't so terrified of Cruella de Vil as I child, I would have been able to see that she had impeccable taste. Yes, she was a tad bit crazy and I feel like I could think of a few people in my life who might have served as her inspiration, but is she any less intense than any one of us at a sample sale or at the Neiman Marcus after-Christmas  sale? [Speaking of the NM sale- did you see this amazing pair or Manolos? If I wasn't pregnant and living in flats, I might consider it.)

While Ann Taylor claims this coat is Cheetah Print, I think we should just call it what it really is: dalmatian print! Or maybe I'm just playing tricks on myself and seeing spots because I want to decorate the nursery in dalmatian print. I mean, have you seen how cute this dalmatian print from Ballard Designs is? I'm going back and forth between designs, but this is at the top. That might all change next week when we find out the sex of our little baby on Monday (read this week's pregnancy update here)!!! 

I remember growing up when dalmatians were all the rage. I still think they are very adorable dogs but I have heard that they are not very bright. Can anyone confirm this, either owners or dog lovers?

I know that dalmatian print is not very popular in the fashion world- I've barely seen it. I think people favor more of the traditional animal prints: leopard, cheetah, zebra, cow (read my post about cow print here). I could see Isabel Marant or Mary Kate and Ashley for The Row doing some dalmatian print for their next line. 

What do you think? Maybe Kate Middleton is a huge 101 Dalmatians fan like me (we don't need to do a "who wore it best?" between me and the Duchess)!! You can be our triplet by shopping the dalmatian print pieces below!

Fashioncaroline curran