These prints are seasonless, versatile and can add an edge to any outfit. Read on to discover how to wear animal prints the modern way
Animal print has always been a classic print that never seems to go out of style. No matter the season or the era, you will be hard pressed to find a time when there wasn’t any to be seen being worn, whether on the runways or in stores. The insouciantly cool Jenna Lyons, (in case you didn’t know she’s the creative director and president of J.Crew) once said, “ As far as I am concerned, leopard print is a neutral.” However to me, I felt like animal print has always threaded the line between tacky, even trashy, and good taste. Still, having seen a slew of celebrities and style stars working this print like there’s no tomorrow the last couple of seasons, my impression of these prints has changed. I’d also like attribute this mindset change to the designers. They seemed to have found the right formula for making animal prints look more expensive and wearable than ever. I think I am ready to work some animal print into my outfit now. Image: Giorgio Armani Spring Summer 2015 Pink leopard spots or lime green zebra stripes might be statement making, but they are quite challenging to pull off. To keep it sleek, you should go for the colors that come from original animal prints. They usually sport an earthy color palette. Image: Roberto Cavalli Autumn Winter 2015 Prefer lace? Here are 7 fresh ways you can wear lace to work at every budget. Different animal prints etc don’t go together, because they will compete with each other. Stick to one type of animal print for the entire outfit. You don’t want to risk looking like the proud winner of a Safari themed party! Image: Philipp Plein Spring Summer 2017 Ruffles are also trending now. Find out where to buy the best pieces in Singapore. When it comes to animal prints, less is always more. Unless you are creating a print on print set, choose a particular item you want to focus on, e.g. your blouse or cardigan and then work your clothes and accessories around it. For starters, you may want to try donning an all black outfit with just one piece of clothing with animal prints. Image: Elisabetta Franchi Autumn Winter 2015 Prefer lace? Here are 7 fresh ways you can wear lace to work at every budget. It’s easier if you colour coordinate the rest of the outfit according to the colours found in your animal print clothing. It helps to make your look cleaner because there’s more consistency. Image: Mugler Autumn Winter 2016 Need new outfit ideas? Check out these six classic styles that are perfect for work. Hit the spot in small doses if you fear the print is too overwhelming. There are many clothes that has subtle animal print detailing on the collars, shirt trims etc. Image: Edun Spring Summer 2015 Ruffles are also trending now. Find out where to buy the best pieces in Singapore. If you are still feeling apprehensive about embracing this trend full on, you can start with a leopard print bag or even just shoes. Start small and take your time. Image: Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2017 Need new outfit ideas? Check out these six classic styles that are perfect for work.