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How to wear animal print
29 August 2018
Feeling wild? The new season most definitely is. From leopard to zebra print, all things animalistic dominated the AW18 catwalks, which means the next six months are looking incredibly fierce where your wardrobe is concerned. The question is, how to pull off the trend without straying into Pat Butcher territory? Senior fashion features editor Charlene Barton has all the tips and tricks you need to get it spot on.
SHOP THE TREND
Animal print has the power to incite fear; regardless of how accomplished you might be when it comes to style. Slip into an item of clothing that looks as though it could roar at you and you may very quickly feel out of your depth. The key here is to act calm and stay neutral. Treat zebra or leopard as you would any plain black item in your wardrobe and instantly you have the upper hand. An animal-print blouse tucked into jeans is a timeless option that anyone can pull off, as is a statement leopard coat draped over an LBD or a simple white tee and tailored trouser combination. It also looks brilliant worn with orange.
Embrace the clash
Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’re ready to experiment with clashing prints. Again, treat any animalistic pattern as a neutral and don’t overthink it. That means you can team it with autumn’s heritage checks or a graphic stripe – just make sure you feel confident in the end result. Equally, try a head-to-toe animal look – more is more is a rule that definitely applies here.
Go for bold
Nobody said you had to stick to traditional tones. While classic black, tan and brown will always have sartorial appeal – when it comes to AW18, bold colour is king. And the rules still apply, even if you’ve opted for bright yellow or pillar-box red. Mastering this approach is simple: forget your inhibitions and embrace the wilder side of dressing – you never know, you might actually have some fun with it.
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Photography credit: Jason Lloyd Evans. The woman pictured in the top image of this article is not affiliated with Next or the products featured.
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