Animal prints may be back in style, but figuring out how to wear the trend can be a little bit tricky. Knowing what to wear, how to style it and which silhouettes will be flattering is no easy task.
So we’ve put together seven easy tips and tricks to follow that will definitely help you understand how to wear it like a fashionista.
Animal print is synonymous with being too sexy or provocative, so winter actually makes for a good time to try it out. When you’re wearing more layers, stockings and are generally more conservative than in the summer months. So go on, try it… With our tips and tricks on how to wear animal print, you won’t go wrong.
Wear it as an accessory
Finding out how to wear animal print can be daunting, especially if you still view it as risque. So why not try it as an accessory? It’s definitely a more cost-effective, down-played way to try a trend without really committing.
Style it like you would a solid colour
When trying to figure out how to wear animal print, try to think of it as a bold colour. Just as you would wear a bold, solid colour blazer, scarf or even pants, do the same with animal print. If you’re wearing a lightly coloured outfit, cow or zebra print would work well. For darker outfits (like the one below) a leopard print works perfectly.
Make a statement
If you’re happy to stand out from the crowd, getting an animal print coat is a great way to wear the trend. It always looks super chic and, best of all, an animal print coat is always in style. So you can splurge and invest in one that’s a little more pricey, or go for an elegant budget-buster instead.
Use a neutral colour as a buffer
Another simple way to incorporate animal print into your outfit is to wear one neutral colour from head-to-toe, and then add a pop of print. You won’t look like you’re trying too hard, and you can remove and replace the layers as the weather changes during the day.
Choose classic shapes and silhouettes
Go for timeless shapes and silhouettes to get the most longevity from your animal print clothing. Boxy sweaters, wide-leg pants and A-line skirts are classic silhouettes that won’t go out of style. Getting these in animal print means you can wear them even when the animal print fad dies down.
Keep your accessories to a minimal
The best advice we can give you on how to wear animal print is to keep it simple, silly. Some prints can be mixed and matched or worn with chunky accessories, but animal print does not fall into that category. The more simple the outfit, the more sophisticated you will look.
Consider your body shape
Remember to always be conscious of your body shape, and all the tips and tricks we’ve learnt on how to dress for our specific shapes. For example; if you’ve got an apple shape, rather wear animal print skirts or pants, to draw the eye away from your bigger top half. This will also balance out your proportions. Likewise, pear-shaped ladies could opt for a chunky animal print knit or shirt to draw the eye away from the hips.