All You Need to Know About the Animal Print Trend

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    Is Animal Print in Fashion?

    Animal print was one of the top fashion trends of 2018 and featured on catwalks around the globe, all year long. In the 1980’s animal print was absolutely everywhere and whilst it may never again reach the ubiquity of that decade it seems unlikely that the vibrant versatility of animal print will ever go out of fashion.

    Which Animal Print?

    When it comes to animal prints, leopard is king of the jungle, its sexy, naughty, sumptuous look is still the most popular big cat print with designers. Favourite of the fur coated starlets of the twenties it still works its glamour magic for millions of us. The trend this year has been to clash animal prints, so alongside your leopard print you might choose to style cheetah, tiger, zebra or snake.

    When to Wear Animal Print:

    Can You Wear Animal Print All The Year Round?

    The presence of animal print in all the seasonal fashion shows of 2018 deliver a resoundingly affirmative answer to this question. Style with bright colours for spring and summer, with burgundy, olive, navy and leather for autumn and wrap yourself up in that full length faux fur animal print coat for winter.

    Can You Wear Animal Print to a Wedding?

    Weddings are a celebration of life and love, what better to wear than vibrant animal print.

    Can You Wear Animal Print to Work?

    This will depend on the image that you wish to project and the nature of your work. A print which enables animals to blend in with their background is used by humans to draw attention. It’s a print which is playful, independent and sexy, this may or may not be an appropriate image for your workplace. Clearly if you work in a fashion house or as an agency creative, it’s not going to be a problem, if your work requires you to make appearances in the court or classroom, then you’re probably going to need to think again.

    Can You Wear Animal Print to a Funeral?

    Traditionally, dark sombre colours are worn to a funeral and to appear in this context wearing animal print would cause offence and reek of insensitive attention seeking. Sometimes, the deceased will have specifically requested that no mourning colours be worn at their funeral, in which case there’s nothing more life affirming than animal print.

    Can You Wear Animal Print to an Interview?

    An interview affords the interviewee a comparatively brief space of time in which to make a favourable impression on the interviewers. What is said will count for much but decisions by the interviewing panel will also be made at a subliminal level and your clothing, along with your body language and the pitch of your voice will be one of a range of secondary impressions which either work in your favour or work against you. Wearing animal print to an interview is a bold move which suggests feisty independence. If you’ve got the confidence to go with it, then you and animal print could be a winning combination. 

    How to Style Animal Print:

    Are Animal Print Handbags in Style?

    Animal print handbags, particularly a clutch, have been this season’s must have accessory. Use your animal print handbag to add splash to a neutral or colour block outfit or be right on trend and clash it with another print.

    Can You Wear Animal Print with Stripes?

    Yes, course you can wear animal print with stripes, but as in all things, there’s an art to it. Pick your stripes with care: thick or thin, vertical or horizontal? The thicker the stripe, the more attention grabbing it becomes. Horizontal stripes will make you look slimmer, so keep it loose and pair with an animal print jacket.

    Who Can Wear Animal Print?

    Absolutely everyone. There’s no age limit and no size or gender restrictions. Unless they’re a rock star, men should probably steer clear of those ultra-tight animal print jeans, but an animal print short sleeved shirt will work just fine. Remember, animal print draws the eye, so if you’ve a part of you that’s a little larger than you’d like, best not put it there. Over fifties should probably stick to one animal print per outfit.

    Can Vegans Wear Animal Print?

    People are vegan for a variety of reasons, none them have anything to do with an abhorrence of animal print. The notion that because the print is derived from the markings of an animal, it shouldn’t be worn by vegans is clearly absurd. Vegans may choose not to wear animal print but there is absolutely nothing hypocritical or un-vegan about wearing animal print.   

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