I always love to find out what's on your minds, and when it comes to styling tips, I've received a LOT of questions over the years about incorporating animal prints into your outfit. It's fair to say I'm a huge animal print lover. It's just such a versatile print, that works for every season and just about any occasion, since it's so easy to dress up or down. So as an ode to one of my favourite prints out there: here are my ultimate tips & tricks to add a bit of wildlife to your outfit!
1 / START WITH A NOT-SO-NAUGHTY BASIS
The no. 1 thing to avoid when you wear animal prints is of course a tacky vibe. At the same time, I think that the slightly naughty association that comes with a zebra, tiger or leopard print is one of its main strengths, as it allows you to add a bit of an edge to a more basic outfit. This cosy knitted dress is the perfect piece to pair with an animal print, with its versatile colour, thick fabric and over-the-knee length. No misconceptions here!
2 / PAIR WITH FLATS
If you're uncertain about wearing an animal print in the first place, I suggest you start with pairing your printed piece with flats. While I'm definitely not opposed to wearing heels or platforms together with an animal printed dress or coat, it's definitely 'safer' to go with flats if you want to ensure a sophisticated result (such as these pointy flats or my beloved loafers). Added bonus - especially now that my baby bump is getting bigger every day: flats are just super comfy! If you do like to go with heels, avoid skirts or tight dresses, and opt for flared trousers instead.
3 / ADD MAXIMUM 1 STATEMENT ACCESSORY
An outfit-with-animal-print doesn't exactly ask for a multitude of statement accessories. Instead of bags in screaming colours, opt for a classic model (such as this slouchy dark tote). If you like to add sunnies, try to match them with your printed piece as much as possible (I went with a tortoise pair that slightly resembled the red tones of my shirt). Finally, just for fun, do throw in a statement accessory, such as chunky earrings or an offbeat bracelet. If you go with copper or golden tones, you should be A-okay!