Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Animal Print

Animal Print Trend

The catwalks were positively leaping with animal print at London Fashion Week last month, so naturally we’re keen to get our spots and stripes on for Spring/Summer 2016. Here’s how to wear it like a Sloanie.

The Basics

So a few simple rules, to begin with. Leopard, zebra, snake: these exotic prints should not under any circumstances be worn together, or indeed head to toe (unless you’re rocking some cave woman fancy dress). Less is certainly more when coordinating prints, so keep it simple to ensure you look classy, not trashy. If you’re wild at heart, you won’t be afraid to make a bold statement.

Opt for a faux fur jacket, oversized cardigan or pencil skirt in your favorite animal print. If your style is cool and understated, a focus on accenting your ensemble with a hint of safari will ensure you stay on the right track. A carefully placed bangle, a clutch purse, a scarf…you get the idea.

And contrary to some rules, you can mix prints together but these must complement, not clash. Tribal, tartan and stripes look great with animal. Just don’t do what Kim did back in 2002 and mix leopard with snake. We still shudder.

Animal Print Trend

Pick Your Palette

The colour palette you choose to dress the print with is key – clean colours like white, blush and gold look luxe whilst bright pops of colour look flirty, fun and ready to party.

Animal Print Trend

Animal Footprints

British luxury footwear and accessories designer Charlotte Olympia is a huge fan of big cat prints and recently wowed her guests at London Fashion Week in February, sending her models down the runway in simple, sharp tailoring with flashes of metallic and playful leopard print. Her signature ‘kitty’ flats look adorable in animal print.

Animal Print TrendJean Genie

Combined with denim, your ensemble will complement your existing wardrobe favourites for a ready-in-5-minutes-flat outfit. Frayed hem jeans are a summer must-have and offer a more feminine interpretation of the ‘distressed denim’ trend this season. Frayed denim skirts paired with skater flats or espadrilles is ultra-cool – just add a crisp shirt for a millennial update. If you’ve yet to catch up with the latest craze, then a light weight blouse tucked into your favourite regular jeans is a sure fire way to nail animal print with panache.

Kate Middleton Dalmatian print dress

Finally… How Kate Wore It

One of our favourite maternity looks from our darling Kate Middleton is the iconic Dalmatian print shift, from the British institution Hobbs. The Duchess of Cambridge looks chic and comfortable in this understated monochrome print: the structured shape is flattering for her growing bump and it keeps her looking regal, but also marks her out as a young, fashion-conscious woman who knows how to express herself confidently.

So there you have it, Sloanies. Go wild! Share your animal print ensembles with us on Instagram by tagging us @SloaneRanger, and we’ll regram our fave looks.