All About Animal Print

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ll have noticed that animal print is a big trend this season.

I’m a fan of leopard print accessories… shoes (that reminds me to get my shoes soled – the last time I wore them I fell because they had no grip), scarves, belts etc. but that’s usually as far as it goes.

This year, however, I fell in love with a pair of shorts in Fat Face this summer with a cute Tiger Vine Print. It looks like these have gone into the sale and are now no longer available on their website or John Lewis, but you might be able to pick up something from the Tiger Vine Collection in one of your local stores if you’re lucky. I think I might pop in and see if they have anything left in the sale as the midi skirt is super cute but it’s only available online in a size 20.

I wore these shorts on holiday with a black vest top or black t-shirt and flip flops, but plan to style them through autumn with a black top, mustard cardigan or a cream chunky knit cardigan, tights and black ankle boots or tan knee high boots.

I love shopping on holiday because you usually find things that you won’t find elsewhere.

I picked up this gorgeous shirt dress with zebras printed on it from a shop called Three by TPV in Sri Lanka.

I’ve not worn it yet, but love that it has a drawstring on both sides so that it can be adjusted at the waist.

Perfect for work, evenings out with the girls or shopping in town at the weekend. I can’t wait to wear this, there’s so many ways to style it – with leggings and black flats for work, or bright coloured shoes to add some interest, it would also look great worn as a long shirt over a black top and skinny jeans.

If you like me, you like a zebra print then there’s a navy Yumi Ruffled Zebra Print Skater Dress £45 from John Lewis.

There’s also a cute Zebra Print T-Shirt £35 from Hush at John Lewis.

I would style this tucked into a black midi pleated skirt or with black skinny jeans.

Of course there are actual zebra print clothes out there too.

This New Look Zebra Tie Side T-Shirt £12.99 will look great paired with jeans or a midi/maxi skirt.

I was unexpectedly off work sick for a week when I came back from Sri Lanka (no tropical diseases, don’t worry) so spent too much time online… it’s a while since I’ve had a good look on eBay, but I found some gems.

I never thought I would ever own a leopard dress but here we are. I saw this and loved it…. The gorgeous Hush Ivy Leopard Print oversized dress was one of them. It’s sold out online and in John Lewis (sorry)… still available in black and navy. I love it, it’s super soft (although it’s a bit big and I’m still planning to lose some more weight, but I can get it taken in by a seamstress) and… the best part… it has pockets!!

(I’ve got my eye on a couple of other items on eBay but they haven’t ended yet and aren’t animal print so they’ll not doubt feature in another post).

John Lewis does have a similar Hush Leopard Print Dress in blue £65.

Navy is a great neutral colour so if you’re wanting to try leopard print with a twist, or something that’s leopard but not too full on, then this might be the ideal dress for you.

Or if red is more your colour, you could pick up the Hush Leopard Print Dress in red from John Lewis.

This dress would be great paired with tights and ankle boots and a leather jacket for autumn.

If you’re more into printed tops than dresses then here’s a few leopard print tops.

Selected Femme Leola Leopard Print Top – Black/Sand £55 from John Lewis

Personally I’ve not yet embraced the pattern clashing unless it’s with a scarf but that’s just me, so I would style this top with dark blue jeans or tucked into a burgundy midi skirt. Now I have to find the perfect burgundy midi skirt (I have so many other tops that would go with it… that justifies it right?!)… any ideas? If you’ve seen one, please let me know where.

I love this boxy top from ASOS Design £28

This is a great look, it’d also look fab with jeans. Might have to treat myself to this with some birthday money… check me going all out on the animal print trend. Tigers, Zebras, leopard print… I’m just not a fan of snake print (snakes scare me).

A more casual Mint Velvet Animal Print Top £39 at John Lewis

This would look great with jeans and a pair of Converses or trainers.

If animal print clothes aren’t your thing at all, that’s totally fair, it’s not everyone’s style. There’s always shoes and accessories.

Since we started with zebra print, here’s a pair of Zebra Print Ballet Pumps from New Look £10.99. These ones are wide fit and I didn’t see any regular ones on their website, but they may have them in your local store. It’s worth a look.

I can’t wear heels so most of the shoes you’ll see in this blog will be flats or low heels (but if you’d like me to do a post on heels, let me know)… love these Leopard Penny Loafers from New Look £15. Might have to take a wee trip to New Look this week and snap up these beauties before they sell out.

Finally, there’s accessories… I love a scarf so of course at least one had to feature.

So here’s my favourite…

Stella & Dot Reversible Infinity Scarf – Leopard £55.

I wore this scarf the other day at work over a purple top, black cardigan and black skinny jeans. Finished the Look with the Riad Layering Necklace and Rhett Hoops

I could go on all day posting my favourites from this trend with all its variations, but I’ll keep maybe keep that for another post.

Hope you have a great week.

Gill x

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