Without a doubt, animal prints are still pushing on in the fashion industry and you’ll see there is probably more animal print in the fashion industry than at the zoo at the moment. From leopard print coats to snake print dresses, fabric has officially gone wild. It doesn’t look like the influx of animal print shows no sign of letting up this year either.
Much like the bright colour palettes of summer, animal print can seem a little intimidating to those of us who generally prefer more subtle dressing. Animal print may seem like a choice only for the bold (or Pat butcher). However, you can style it to complement rather than overwhelm (unless you’re happy to be the center of attention, there’s nothing wrong with that go out in full animal print by all means).
For the fashion faint of heart, start at the most basic level of animal print by adding it in as an accessory. Belts, scarves, handbags, and hats can be used as introductory focal points for prints. These are also items that can easily be removed should you have a change of heart – great for the indecisive. Leopard print shoes are also a great way to add some excitement to an outfit, particularly if the rest of your ensemble is of muted tones.
A good example outfit would be a black dress (the more simple in style the better), barely their heels, and a leopard print clutch bag.
If you’re ready to embrace animal print, a good way to start is to buy separates. Buy individual animal print pieces to pair with other wardrobe staples. For example, a leopard print skirt paired with a slogan t-shirt, or a bold shirt tucked into jeans. By combining a bold print with a more toned-down item, you can control exactly how striking your outfit is. For less focus on the animal print aspect of your outfit, layer a jacket over the top, or add thick black tights when wearing a skirt. The trick is to use other pieces of clothes to dial an outfit up and down.
Pair a smart animal print shirt with tailored cigarette trousers for a fun but sophisticated workwear look. Add pointed-toe loafers for comfort, or for days that require a more formal look, wear court shoes.
For the full animal print effect, a dress is the best way to go. Leopard print dresses teamed with ankle boots and a leather jacket not only look great but can also be layered up and down to see you right the way through the year. Animal print dresses also make a great statement piece with which you can turn heads on a night out. Change your boots for heels and you’ve got yourself the perfect girls' night-out look. Once you’re in a bar or nightclub there is no limit on how bold you can go – you can even combine a bright colour with an animal print. Simple accessories such as hoop earrings and barely their heels keep the attention on the dress but give your overall outfit a sophisticated edge.
For the extra style but not totally all out, a co-ord outfit of the same print is perfect. A blazer, trouser or skirt, top co-ord. The go-to night out style teamed with a simple block coloured clutch and a strappy pair of heels. Not only do you look sensational but you will naturally make a statement. Change your heels for boots and then you’ve given yourself the ultimate day outlook.
The best thing about animal print as a trend is that it’s fun! It’s a print that encourages self-expression and experimentation – maybe you want it to be the smallest aspect of your outfit, maybe you want to wear it head to toe. You can wear leopard print to work (a nice shirt paired with smart trousers) or to a festival (a full Snake print dress and leather jacket).
Experiment until you find what works for you, there’s really no wrong way to wear animal print!