Pack away your summer florals and nautical stripes, autumn is upon us and there’s only one print topping the most-coveted list—animal print. Flooding the catwalks and the high street, all things zoological are highly desirable, ranging from traditional leopard and zebra print right through to the more modern trend of Dalmatian and snake print. Pick your favourite and let the world hear you roar…


The perfect place for tentative shoppers to start, picking one statement animal print piece will avoid buyer’s remorse. Leopard print is the most wearable of the bunch—a midi length skirt keeps things classic and demure, suitable for various occasions.

Let the print do the talking by picking plain black items carefully—think chic and simple in fuss-free fabrics like viscose or 100 per cent cotton. Remember to keep a lint roller to hand to get rid of any stray hairs or fluffy bits that tend to cling to black—we’re aiming for a safari look, not a farm one.  

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Colour blocking

With a similar silhouette to the monochrome look, this is a look for the slightly bolder and requires practice to make sure the colour combination is just right. Pink and red is still bang on trend for autumn, but keep things highly pigmented as wishy washy pastels can significantly diminish the effect.

To pair colour with animal textures, choose a print with a sharp finish and a distinct outline.

Leopard prints on pony skin are often more lightweight and versatile than faux fur,  adding a modern edge with its streamlined shape. For blondes, opt for a lighter leopard print—the base tones will match well with your hair colour, bringing everything neatly together.

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Pattern clashing

Now that we’re mastered the basics, why not throw another pattern in? Zebra print is ideal for pairing with other prints. The simple black and white colour combination is surprisingly neutral when paired with a traditional check or polka dot.

To ramp up the comfort and style for 2017, opt for a zebra shift dress under an Aztec or "picnic blanket" style wrap jacket. Voluminous in the sleeve and body, you’ll be able to add in a turtleneck or sweater with comfort as the weather gets cooler.


Statement shoes

Hugely popular in the 80s, snake print was often the domains of hair metal bands and rock stars, rendering it a little too OTT for everyday wear.

Recently, however, it’s made a very effective comeback in the form of footwear. Wear a snakeskin heeled boot with light wash denim in a cropped style for maximum effect.

Cream duster coats add a touch of the 80s and are a wardrobe essential for taller women. For those who aren’t blessed with modelesque height, choose a mid-thigh alternative or a lighter fabric that allows more movement, toned down with grey accessories.


Tiny touches

Sometimes it’s all in the details. An animal print belt or heels break up a one-colour outfit like this denim boiler suit with ease and can be easily popped on at the end of a day to take a look into the evening.

With smaller details, it’s important to invest in quality. Do your research and opt for well-made, cruelty-free synthetic fabrics that won’t crack and offer easy care.

These items don’t need to break the bank either—Zara, Mango and Warehouse all offer affordable animal pieces this season. 


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