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How To Wear Animal Print: 7 Style Tips

How To Wear Animal Print: 7 Style Tips

No matter the season, animal print is the one year-round print you can rely on. This print never goes out of style, making it a wardrobe must-have. But with its recent revamp in bold colour palettes, oversized prints and, of course, the classic natural tones, it can leave even the best of us wondering how to wear animal print this season.

Animal prints make a statement all on their own, so it's easy to keep it clean and simple and let the print speak for itself. But here at Dancing Leopard, we like to mix things up. Step out of your comfort zone and try something new with our top three style tips for how to wear animal print!

 #1 Avoid clashing prints

Mixing and matching is a well-known styling tip. However, with prints as bold as these, sometimes matching can be too much. So, if you’re going for an all-over look, add pieces to break up your outfit! Try adding a statement belt, fierce accessories or even a jacket or a coat to create layers and dimensions. This creates sections in your outfit, rather than a single large block print, so you will look as fabulous as you feel. 

When you do feel like mixing and matching, you might find that clashing prints can be too much. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Many animal prints in natural tones work fabulously together. For example, we love pairing a monochrome leopard print bag with matching shoes and accessories. But, if an oversized animal print dress or jumpsuit is more your style, then our top styling tip is to match your print with a neon block tone, a matching neutral or picking a tone out of the print itself, to keep you looking cool without the clash.

model wearing Montana Top In Blue Leopard

#2 Add a pop of colour

You know we’re all about colour. If you want to mix up your style or refresh the piece you've had for years, then adding a bold print in a bright colour is the way forward. 

This particular styling tip works best with a natural-toned animal print, such as leopard, zebra, snake or tiger. Pick one bold colour that creates a slight clash against the animal print of your choice, making sure it compliments your skin tone and style.

If you are looking for a suggestion, green is a colour that never fails to impress. Whether it’s a bright neon, a cool forest green or a pastel tone, pair your fierce animal print with your favourite green to create a bold barrier for the print. The eye-catching colour will help tone down the print, creating a look that’s sure to turn heads.

Why not try an animal print shirt or top with a pair of colour-block trousers to create a gorgeous evening look? We know you’ll make a match sure to turn heads. 


model wearing Joey Palazzo Trousers in Lilac Leopard

#3 How to wear animal print dresses 

For some, an animal print dress might be a daunting style statement to pull off. But we know you’ve got it down. With animal print dresses, it’s all about the ‘throw on and go’ moment. The print IS the statement, and you’ve already done the hard work by putting it on. Perfect for brunch with the girls, or evening dinner plans, you really can't go wrong.  

Dancing Leopard model faces forward wearing Sienna Midaxi in Lime Leopard Print with heels and a belt

#4 Combine with Varied Textures

For an even more daring look, try incorporating different textures into your animal print outfit. Pair a leopard print skirt with a cozy knit sweater or a snake print blouse with a leather skirt. This will add depth and complexity to your outfit while still keeping the animal print in the spotlight.

#5 Accessorise with Animal Prints

If you're not quite ready to go all out with animal print, start small by adding animal print accessories to your outfit. A leopard print scarf, snake print clutch, or zebra print shoes can give your outfit just the right amount of edge without going overboard.

#6 Experiment with Different Animal Prints

While leopard print may be the most well-known and popular animal print, there are plenty of other options to explore. Try incorporating prints like zebra, tiger, or even giraffe into your wardrobe. You can mix and match prints for a bold look, or stick with one animal print and pair it with neutrals for a more understated style. The possibilities are endless!

#7 Layer with animal print

Layering outfits is practical in the cold seasons and also adds style to your look. You can try layering animal prints too, like a leopard print blouse with a denim jacket or a snake print turtleneck under a solid sweater. Another way is to layer animal prints together, such as a zebra print top with a leopard print blazer. Be creative and have fun while mixing and matching prints.

No matter how you style fashion’s new neutral, it’s all about your unique style and making each piece truly feel like you. That’s why we love animal print. The go-to for any occasion, you can dress it up with heels for a night out or tone it back with trainers for a daytime look. There are no right or wrongs when it comes to fashion, so style your animal print looks the way you love to wear them. Whether it’s wildly bright colours, complementary tones or standing out in a statement dress, no one does it quite like you.


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