I’m a long-time believer that animal print is a neutral. For years, I stuck to easy pops of leopard print — like a shoe, scarf or small bag — to amp up my everyday basics. But this autumn, the huge animal print trend has my enthusiasm reaching new heights. I want it all: from this boxy python blazer to everyday ballet flats and midi-length slip skirts. Give me the zebra, the cheetah, and the snake print, too!
I broke down some of my favorite ways to incorporate the bold animal trend in your fall wardrobe. Whether you’re just tipping your toe into the wild waters, or ready to go full-out with a statement faux fur leopard coat — which I fully support — this post has you covered.
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Animal Print Trend Level: Beginner
If you’re feeling shy, start out with accessories. My friend, Lisa, showed up to girl’s night recently wearing a low pony secured with an oversized leopard scrunchie. I made a mental note to get my hands on one ASAP.
If you’re willing to make the investment, a leopard print bag is a the best bang for your buck. You can wear it with anything; from a cocktail dress to a business suit, or a plain white tee and jeans. And it will probably never go out of style. Try this calf hair crossbody from J.Crew or this iconic Clare Vivier fold-over clutch. (The latter is still going strong as a style blogger favorite).
When you’re ready to level up, add some animal print to your shoe collection. You can’t go wrong with a pair of snakeskin ballet flats or leopard loafers. Right now I’m really into mules, so I invested in these velvet Loeffler Randall ‘Juno’ slides. I also love snakeskin ankle boots under cropped straight leg jeans. If I lived in a place with actual seasons, I’d spring for the same look in a tall boot.
It takes a bit of courage to commit to a full article of clothing covered in animal print. At minimum, I think every woman should have an animal print blouse in her closet. But you only live once, so get wild and throw cute leopard dress in there, too. The 90s-inspired trend of silky midi skirts and slip dresses is still going strong. I’d pair this slip skirt with a white or black tee and flat sandals now. Then with a chunky sweater and mules or ankle boots when the temps drop.
Outerwear is one of my favorite ways to play with print. Lately I’m all about a chic printed blazer. It feels fun and refined at the same time. Especially when paired with high rise straight leg ankle jean and a leather kitten heel mule. This Anine Bing python blazer has been hanging out in my cart for weeks, waiting for a price drop.
What are your thoughts on the animal print trend? Are you all in, or still on the fence? Any other styling posts you’d like to see on the subject? Let’s chat in the comments!
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