They’re daring, elegant and instant style-makers. Animal prints might be very in this season, but they’re also a timeless fashion staple at their core. The best thing about prints? They’re entirely man-made, so they’re also an animal-friendly choice. Since we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon, we’re giving you a timely fashion brief for your styling convenience.
Read on to learn more about animal prints and how to style them!
The feline family includes a wide array of species, but only three of them are actively strutting the runway. While these prints are similar in appearance and can be styled in the same way, they do have some distinctive differences:
- Leopard Print: Black “rosette” spots made of thick-edged circles with a clean center.
- Jaguar Print: Black “dirty rosette” spots, so-called because of the thick-edged circles with tiny spots in the center.
- Cheetah Print: Thick, solid black dots.
For an elegant approach, get a pair of closed-toe pumps in a feline print and style them with a jumpsuit or a dress in a jewel-toned hue, such as sapphire or emerald. Feeling more casual? Try a long leopard-printed cardigan with your trusted jeans, a black top and black pointed-toe flats. This type of print also looks dashing on a midi skirt that you can wear with a mustard pullover and matching ankle booties (did someone say desk-to-dinner?).
Stylist Tip: Take your fashion game to the next level by pairing your animal print with a faux fur coat or a shearling trim jacket—or get an animal print coat to jazz up any outfit!
Take it from the masters of renovation: embracing a snakeskin pattern—or even texture—can take your closet from rattled to renewed in no time. To ease into the trend, start with a bag, belt or shoes. The print is available in a variety of neutrals, from light grey to black and brown. Wear an almost-white snakeskin-printed bag with your little black dress, or try black-and-brown snakeskin-printed booties with a black pleated skirt and a light brown pullover. Really getting into the trend? Then snakeskin-textured leggings should be next on your list!
How Much Is Too Much?
When it comes to how many animal-printed pieces you should invest in, it depends on your personal style—and how obsessed you are with the print, naturally.
For the Trendy Lady
Invest in core pieces that will be the center of your looks. To get started, choose one animal print bottom piece (pants, leggings or a skirt), one top piece (a blouse, knit top or sweater) and one layering option (a cardigan, jacket or coat). You’ll want to create separate looks around each one of these pieces (all at once is a bit much)!
For the Classic Gal
Treat yourself with finishing pieces to sprinkle on your outfits. Try printed accessories such as belts, bags and shoes to mix up your daily looks. These are easy to blend into any wardrobe and will add an elegant, finishing touch when you’re on the run and need a quick fix (pun totally intended).
Not just a runway favorite but also a star on film sets, animal print has made a long-lasting impression across the fashion industry board. It may have wild origins, but it plays really well with others, thus lending itself to endless styling possibilities.
What’s your favorite animal print? Tell us in the comments below!