How to wear animal print this winter

This season’s fiercest print can be worn to work or throughout the weekend.

If you’re on the prowl for a playful wardrobe update, look no further than classic yet colourful animal print.

From leopard to snakeskin, animal prints never really go out of fashion. But thanks to a number of big-name-brands – including Victoria Beckham and
Saint Laurent – turning their catwalk into a homage of big jungle cats for their winter collections, the trend is once again the most-wanted.

Here’s how you can take a style safari this season in chic prints that celebrate your animal, and fashion, instincts.

Blouse, $429, and pants, $539, both by Helen Cherry. Cardigan, $295, by M.A. Dainty from Harry’s. Belt, $155, by Deadly Ponies. Shoes, $210, by Merchant 1948. Ring, $279, by Jasmin Sparrow. Earrings model’s own.

At work

One of the most fashionable animal prints in the concrete jungle is snakeskin.

Often in a neutral colourway of black and beige, it is the perfect fit for the office wardrobe.

We love a cosy cardigan paired with a pussy-bow blouse and black pants for a polished look.

Other ways to try the trend, are to wear the print in a blouse, and team with a black blazer, or to work it into accessories, including kitten heels and handbags.

Sweater, $190, by Seed Heritage. Pants, $779, and bag, $1398, both by Isabel Marant from Workshop. Shoes, $260, by Mi Piaci.

For the weekend

The newest addition to the animal print kingdom, the cheetah print is best worn in its natural habitat – the weekend!

In cosy sweaters and soft-fabric totes, this particular print is a strong casual look.

We love it paired with a white outfit, like the one pictured above, for a fashion-forward look.

If you like your weekends a little more low-key, we suggest pairing the print with denim jeans and your favourite flats.

Top, $439, by Camilla and Marc. Pants, $289, by Kowtow. Belt, $199, by Deadly Ponies. Faux fur coat, $380, by Seed Heritage. Necklace, $329, by Jasmin Sparrow. Boots, $389, by Kathryn Wilson.

At night

The hero-piece of the animal print trend this season is a faux furry coat – best worn on winter evenings for a fun, and comfortable, statement.

If you want to play up the drama, we recommend wearing it with bold red and gold accented-accessories.

The look is equally glamorous when worn over a black outfit – we recommend tying your hair back to show off your bold collar.

Styling: Danielle Clausen
Photography: Michael James Rooke
Hair and makeup: Sophy Phillips
Model: Tia @Clyne Model Management
Main image credits:
Dress, $675, by Day Birger et Mikkelsen from Harry’s. Belt, $199, and scarf, $230, by Deadly Ponies. Necklaces, $329 each, and ring, $279, by Jasmin Sparrow.