How to wear animal print
It is crucial, when you are investing in animal print clothing, to ensure you do not look like you belong in a jungle. Animal print is a hep and sassy print to wear – it can jazz up a blah outfit in a jiffy.
Wearing too much animal print can be overkill and you will end up looking like more of a fashion disaster than a fashionista, so beware. Be in the know about how the season’s celebs and stylists are wearing the fashion trend and copy or tweak their style to benefit your wardrobe. We say this because it is best to follow someone when it comes to animal print because it is the easiest print to make mistakes with. Avoid overcrowding your outfit with the print and take care to balance it out with classic neutral colours.
It’s always advisable to start small – begin by adding animal print accessories to your everyday wear. Go for a chic zebra print bangle or cuff bracelet. Animal motif earrings, animal print shoes – especially moccasins – can make a bold statement. If you don’t want to be too bold then add a slim leopard print belt to a monochromatic outfit. A clutch, strappy sandals and even a leopard print collar necklace might look good.
If you are opting for the full outfit kind of ensemble then remember to pair animal print with solid, bright colours to effortlessly offset them. Stay classy by matching a leopard print top with a solid coloured, preferably neutral, bottom and vice versa. You do not want to look like Jane of the jungle, do you? Pair a leopard print tunic with a pair of black leggings; a bold pair of animal print leggings will look chic under a nude or neutral shade shift dress.
Don’t mix prints – as in don’t wear zebra, leopard, snake, giraffe and tiger all together. If most of your outfit is animal print, keep your accessories toned down to maintain focus on your statement piece. Also remember never to wear anything that is too revealing if you are wearing animal print – then you risk looking vulgar.
You can even wear animal print to office – twine a scarf with this print around your neck or wear muted brown animal print ballerinas with your work clothes. If you live in a biting cold climate then wear chic animal print gloves. Accessorise your shoes and scarves to match, but don’t however, go overboard.
Animal print nail art is also quite the rage now as is animal print eyeshadow and lipstick – however these accessories might look a tad strange unless you are wearing them for a particular purpose so be very careful.
If your animal print is large then tone it down by wearing a neutral shade jacket, cardigan or shrug over it. The idea is to tone it down and keep it in focus at the same time – make what you will of this advice!