Sometimes you want to take a walk on the wide side when your outfit is otherwise bland. Luckily, there are dozens of animal prints that can add a bit of edge and color to full ensembles, and they’re fully in fashion now.
Classic leopard print
If you have an all-black or gray ensemble, classic orange-toned leopard print can add a splash of color without venturing into the realm of tacky. Wear it as a shirt under a solid black cardigan or opt for something a little more wild with a leopard print skirt, black shirt and platform pumps. It’s totally vavavoom!
Navy zebra print
Black and white zebra print is fun, but it has pretty much been taken over by 14-year-old girls shopping in cheap jewelry stores. The grown-up version is something you’ll never see in nature — a navy and white zebra print. Navy is always sophisticated and looks great paired with beige, gold, brown and more.
Giraffe is often overlooked for leopard, but the gorgeous, elongated frame of the giraffe can be channeled in your outfit. Find a giraffe print dress and pair it with the tallest pumps you can find. Finish the look off with an updo that shows off your long neck.
Who wants to look like a cow? We do! The cow might not be the most elegant animal, but its black-and-white printed coat adds color and print to an ensemble without going overboard. Keep it subtle (not cowgirl) with a cow-printed top, black pencil skirt and a silver blazer.
Pink leopard print
Pink leopard print can easily go awry, so it’s important to use the print in small doses. Maybe it’s a bright pink and black leopard print cardigan or blouse paired with classic black trousers and bright suede pumps. Subtlety is the name of the game.
You’ve earned your stripes. Now add a pop of color to your outfit with the orange and black stripes of a tiger, which look fab paired with gold or silver. Add a touch of color to your tootsies by finding a pair of tiger-striped flats.
This print is harder to come by, but the warm brown tone of deer’s fur is the perfect demure touch to an outfit without going full-blown cutesy. Add some beige trousers and nude platforms into the mix and you have a playful ensemble that’s still totally grown up.