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How to Wear Animal Print

Updated on January 30, 2013

Helpful tips to incorporate animal prints into your every-day wardrobe.

Animal prints, like any busy prints can be tricky to wear, but dont shy away!

When fashionably added to any style, it can add a boldness, or a little something extra to every outfit.

Zac Posen Dress in Leopard
Zac Posen Dress in Leopard

Accessorize It

For those who shy away from huge patterns of animal print, try adding in small amounts for just a touch of excitement.

One of the easiest ways to create a little sparkle with any outfit is to add animal print accessories. Keeping the entire outfit somewhat toned down and adding a fabulous cheetah-print bag or zebra-print cuff or leopard-print headband can make any outfit shine but still chic.

Celebs such as Jessica Simpson sporting leopard purses!
Celebs such as Jessica Simpson sporting leopard purses!

Mix In Some Colour

Animal print is both bold and busy, but adding bright colors dont have to take away from the overall look. You can either wear colored animal print or wear a color item with animal print.

When wearing a print that also has color, its very trendy to go light or pastel. Its floaty and beautiful while still maintaining texture. When wearing separate colors in an outfit with animal print, go bold, it'll be a great contrast and set you apart!

Cohen Dress
Cohen Dress

Kick It Up, Rawr!

Another great and simple way to add animal print to an outfit, is with the shoes. Because animal print is such a bold and daring statement, preferably wear heels or heeled boots. Its such a sexy touch when trying to still maintaining a classic look.

Look at fashionista/singer Beyonce kicking up her leopard heels
Look at fashionista/singer Beyonce kicking up her leopard heels

Go Exotic

Try an interesting animal print such as python. Its exotic and expensive looking, as well as rare. It adds extra spice to an oufit, and certainly grabs attention everywhere.

Because it is such a luxurious-looking fabric, try to wear in 'minimal' quantities. An entire python dress with python accessories and shoes would not be good, unless the look you're going for is "I just wrestled with snakes."

Gucci 2009
Gucci 2009

Pull It All Together

If you have a complete outfit already, and want to incorporate animal print without having to worry about miss-matching, throw on a jacket. That way, you won't have to change anything about your outfit at all.

If it's too warm or you want a smaller add-on, try a scarf.

Diane von Furstenberg Leggings
Diane von Furstenberg Leggings
Diane von Furstenberg Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg Scarf

Last Minute Print Pointers

  • Try not to go overboard with this style trend. Animal prints are fun and can be sophisticated but you dont want more than two animal prints in your outfit at one time.
  • Don't be afraid to try prints other than leopard. There are other exotic and luxe looking animal prints such as cheetah, leopard, zebra, python and alligator.
  • Do not layer on animal prints to such an extreme. An animal print necklace is great, but five layered animal print necklaces is a bit much. This applies for clothing as well. If the shirt is animal print, don't wear printed pants and jacket.
  • Because animal print gives of an animalistic, sexy vibe, try to avoid wearing it with revealing pieces such as a super duper short skirt or high stripper heels.

Last Note: Faux Fur

I am also a huge fan of those who choose to wear FAKE fur. This is because it is true that there are organization or businesses and companies who do take advantage of innocent animals just for furs or entertainment. I think its so harsh and respect celebs such as Victoria Beckham who maintain high levels of fashion without donning any real fur!

Izza Dress
Izza Dress
Krizia Dress
Krizia Dress
Chris Benz Jacket
Chris Benz Jacket
Chris Benz Dress
Chris Benz Dress

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