How to wear: animal prints

How to wear: animal prints

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I don’t know when, but at some point in the last few years I decided that animal prints are my neutral. I don’t own or wear a lot of black so somehow, my closet has been filled with more and more cheetah and leopard prints over the years. I love that animal print is a huge trend this year, so I thought I’d share some simple ways for you to incorporate a little animal into your life, if you dare to be so bold.

One of the key things you should know about animal prints is that a little goes a long way. No need to go head to toe, unless you just want to look like a cheetah for fun. I’m more partial to the warm brown, black and gold coloring of cheetah print but I also have some black and white leopard too that I love. Black and white animal prints also look very chic with a great bold red lip, so I’m always up for some Mac Ruby Woo and an animal print.

The easiest way to ease yourself into animals is to add small touches of the print to solids through your (say it with me!) accessories.

For my outfit I added a cheetah print belt to help break up a bright color combo and to add a layer of texture with the belt as well. I found this great reversible leopard belt from Michael Kors as a possibility.

You could also add a sleek scarf, like this Lulu animal print infinity scarf , in a more neutral animal print to your fall wardrobe. Pair that with a dark or even bright cardigan, jeans and a crisp white blouse for a very modern casual look.

I’m also OBSESSED with cheetah printed pumps with a stacked or chunky heel to make a bold statement. The pair above is from Steve Madden and you can find plenty of options for this hot shoe this fall. I live in black tights in the winter so pairing dark tights with this animal print will be a definite statement maker.

I find that it can be a bit hard to find the perfect animal print when wearing it in a full dress. Plus, imo that can sometimes look a bit cheap. So instead, try adding an animal printed cardigan to your work wardrobe. Pair it with a pencil skirt and a great pair of heels and you’ll be very Joan from Mad Men (my favorite character).

If you’re really feeling bold, might I suggest a pair of leopard print jeans? I know, I know, so wild but these would be so fun to me! I can already see the fab possibilities – like wearing these on the weekend with a fun tunic and great peep toe wedges.

When wearing animal prints, try to go simple with the rest of your outfit and let your print do the major talking. You don’t want designs competing against each other (stripes and cheetah…no, thank you) so instead try great colors like magenta, orange or red to play off the neutral tones in the print. And when in doubt, go with all black and then add a little animal to spice it up, you’ll be very chic.

So who has an obsession with animal prints? How do you add them to your look?

DWJ is an accessories and beauty blogger for The Art of Accessories and is also sharing her love of cooking on Crumbs & Creativity.

14 thoughts on “How to wear: animal prints”

  1. I’ve always shied away from animal prints, it’s just never been my thing. But @dwj1, you make it look so ADORABLE! That reversible belt is such a great piece…and those shoes, ACK! Love it.

    Thanks for the tips, Dana; you make me want to be brave with my fashion! :-)

  2. Great Review @dwj1 !! – You always deliver a new perspective to me. I will admit I am not a huge animal print girl. However, I do like the idea of wearing it a small bit at a time. I would totally wear the scarf, shoes or belt!!

  3. Looking great as always @DWJ1 ! I love looking at animal prints, and I lust after the looks created by the likes of Rachel Zoe (the QUEEN of animal prints) but I’m a bit shy when it comes to actually wearing them. That, and I’m afraid that I’ll look like my nutty aunt from FL, hahah. Anyway, all my animal prints are currently in either shoes or scarfs, but you’ve inspired me to pull in prints a little more. Thanks!

    And I must know- where did you get that necklace/who is the designer? I love it and I need it!!

  4. I love leopard prints. But like you, I agree a little goes a long way. I have a pair of leopard flats that are my favorite shoes for fall. I also have an adorable leopard clutch I use for nights out on town.

  5. I think there’s a little drag queen in me, because I would dress from head to toe in leopard if I thought I could get away with it. But I agree that a little goes a long way if you want to be fashionable, @dwj1 . And you do look lovely!

  6. Hi miss! I know we’re instagram frands and all so you may have seen these items, but I just wanted to mention that I love my sam edelman leopard slipper flats (there are less expensive versions at Aldo and Steve Madden) and my Jeffrey Campbell meow flats in leopard. I know leopard accessorizing is probably the best way to wear it, but I recently got a leopard jacket from etsy. it’s really fierce!!

  7. Love your post -AGAIN Dana. Thanks for always bringing a fresh way to wear outfits! I need you to come to my house and fix me up! I am not afraid to wear animal prints at all. As a matter of fact I love them.. I’m even carring a pocketbook with leopard print on it today!

  8. Hooray for animal prints! I had a fab, over the top faux fur 50’s cheetah coat I wore every day in Philly in my 20’s. With black tights, jean shorts and chunky black boots – ahh the 90’s.

    I’ve since learned to follow Dana’s tips and scale back, going with smaller bits of animal print – a bag, boots, cardie etc. But that 50’s cheetah coat still hangs in my closet – it’s too great to ever give up.

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