I’ve always loved animal print, but I never want it to shout too loud in my look for fear of channelling the icon that is Pat Butcher in a way that I really can’t pull off. My swerve around this is choosing a low contrast in tones, whether you go for light or dark, to keep things easy on the eye. I find that this makes them way more versatile when it comes to styling too. My barely-there cheetah midi skirt has more than made up for its cost per wear, taking me from cocktail bars in my weekend trip to Bruges to smart(ish) outfits for the office back in London.
So if, like me, you’re the anti-wild child and like your spots a little more subdued, then embrace the pared-back version of the season’s trending prints a la these looks from some of my most-loved influencers.
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Back to normal after a week away from my laptop. I’m working on a little blog post about the few days we spent in the Cotswolds, so I’ll pop the link in my story when it’s up 🌿🐴 (Tee is gifted from @andotherstories, cardigan is old @topshop, and the necklaces are both gifts from @muru_jewellery and @mikaelalyonsjewellery)
Animal print makes a heavenly match with Chloe’s warm palette of brown, rust and black. Putting a casual spin on the look with joggers, this zebra T-shirt whispers the trend in an effortlessly cool way.
One thing to learn from Jess: when you pool the perfect tones together, there’s no reason you can’t mix your animal print. A peek of leopard under a plain top layer is just right for the print-shy. Plus, snake boots feel like a new neutral in the same hue.
It seems like a brave choice, but Lucy Williams makes the leopard coat appear like a throw-on-and-go piece thanks to jeans and a tee in complementary blue.
There’s no escaping animal print on the high street (real and virtual) right now. Here are some anti-wild animal prints I’ve popped on my wish list, from River Island’s subtle twist on the white jeans of now to a snakeskin mac from ASOS that has April showers well and truly covered.
Do you love or loath animal print? Are you an all-out leopard wearer or do you like your spots more subtle? Let me know in the comments!