Animal prints have popped up on the runways season after season the past few years. As the trend rolls over from summer to fall, it’s about time you give in to your wild side. You’ve probably been holding out after a scarring experience, likely involve an elderly woman and an ill-fitting leopard getup. However, now is the time to release those wounds and embrace the modern adaptations of this style.
Classy: The iconic Sophia Loren exudes grace and luxury in this leopard coat. Thankfully, the trend has progressed to use animal prints, not actual fur, of the near-threatened species. (Cocoa Butter)
Not So Classy: Nicki Minaj was quite a sight to see at the 2011 Grammys – and not a good one. Her ensemble is a prime example of how not to wear animal prints. (Style Bistro)
Animal prints were all the rage in the 50s and 60s, effortlessly combining the sultry and elegant. This decade, the trend is still classy, but with some edge added for a hot end result. Although it may seem daunting to adopt this frisky look, you can rock the savage style in any way that fits your fashion comfort zone, from small accents to all-out. Either way, you must make animal prints a staple in your wardrobe, because this trend is here to stay.
Animal prints make perfect, bold accents for an otherwise subdued and sleek outfit. Have some fun with your casual and professional looks by adding a dash of spice while still looking flawless.
This black leather clutch with faux snakeskin flap will add a little bit of badass and a lot of sexy for a night out. (Topshop, $40)
These sheer tiger tights are just as hot as bare legs, if not hotter. The black and sheer combination is striking and chic. (Bloomingdales, $37)
For the smallest dose of animal print, let loose with nail art patches. They’re easy to apply and last forever. Leopard is definitely the hottest animal print this season, so if you’ve found love, expect to see more of it below. (Sephora, $12)
Make your feet the focus of your outfit with animal print kicks – which are also the must-have fall shoe trend.
So many people own a pair of TOMS. They’re cute and comfortable, perfect for casual everyday wear. Be adventurous with these subdued vegan zebra print classics. (TOMS, $54)
Alternatively, if you’re prowling for the next best party shoes, you’ve found them. These 3.5 inch booties with block heels are striking and easy to walk in (very important for less-than-sober escapades). The two-tone fabrics, leather and leopard print suede, are sleek and seductive when combined. (Aldo, $120)
Animal prints are a bold fashion choice, so be careful about how to wear them in your clothing. Stick to one standout piece that can be broken up and toned down by neutrals. Beware of slinky cheetah print dresses, they can earn you an image as a cougar.
This black chiffon blouse with leopard print panels is effortlessly cool. The loose, flowing fit tones down the demanding print, so you can pair the top with some high-waisted pants and chunky boots for a breathtaking, but casual, day outfit. (Nasty Gal, $38)
Update your usual khakis with these fabulous sand giraffe print skinny jeans. They’re both sharp and sweet, a great pair of pants to transition from summer to fall. (Piperlime, $90)
Cruella De Vil was on to something: this faux Dalmatian fur coat is simply precious and a perfect quirky option for the winter – the new and improved leopard coat. (ASOS, $51)
Featured Image From: My Style Pill
Category: Fashion, Trends