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Hot on the Hanger: Animal Prints

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

Animal prints can add some great flair to an outfit or turn it into a fashion disaster. Here are the basic guidelines to rocking the trend.

Animal prints are showing up on the runway and on the department store hanger, but they can be a tricky trend to tackle. Cheetah, zebra, and leopard patterns can add great flair to an outfit... or turn it into a fashion disaster. Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind rocking the trend.

  • Unless you're going for the Cruella De Vil look, head-to-toe animal print is a big no-no. So, even though it technically "matches", a skirt, top and shoes covered with black and white zebra stripes is a little much. You want your outfit to be exciting, not distracting.
  • Stick with one type of animal print... try not to mix your zebra stripes with your leopard spots. Animal prints are great in small doses. A couple of accessories like a leopard print belt paired with leopard print shoes can make a basic black dress really pop.  However, a leopard print belt paired with a zebra striped scarf and a giraffe patterned pair of pumps looks unorganized.
  • If one article of clothing is animal print, make sure everything else is solid colored. It's possible to sport a bright colored safari pattern, such as this hot pink cheetah dress as long as the accessories and other pieces of the outfit are muted and solid.


Keep in mind, just because your outfit has some wild inspiration doesn't mean your hair can too. One bold trend at a time. Keep everything else, simple.

Follow those basic rules and your animal print will add a touch of class and pizazz to any outfit!




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