Animal print is a trend that never fully dies; it only rises and drops in popularity every season, but when done right is never truly out of style. During the fall/winter 2020 fashion weeks, however, it became clear that wildlife-inspired patterns are back in full force.
From the classic, spotted leopard print and sleek tiger stripes to the monochromatic zebra patterns favored by the likes of Bottega Veneta and Tod’s, we rounded up the wildest, most wearable pieces of the season. Keep reading to see our top picks and how to style them for the months to come!
The Slouchy Zebra Boots
An easy and on-trend way to incorporate animal print into your closet is through the low-heeled slouchy boot. Take a cue from Danish style icon Pernille Teisbaek and style a pair like these boots from The Attico over some shiny leather pants. Keep your outfit monochromatic with a casual white T-shirt and a tonal blazer for a look that’s low-key but still makes a statement.
The Timeless Leopard Coat
Leopard is one of the first patterns that springs to mind when you think of animal print, but the key is to keep it as understated as possible. Opt for one statement piece – like this full leopard print coat by Bottega Veneta, and style it with minimal, forever-chic pieces like a simple black dress and an it-bag. To add some color to the look, why not opt for some more vibrant footwear, like Bottega Veneta’s Stretch Sandals in “Sky Blue?”
The Zebra Pouch
Although animal print can be quite an outré trend, that doesn’t mean minimalists are entirely left out. If your personal aesthetic leans more towards the neutral side, keep the staple pieces of your outfit, like your jacket, sweater and pants toned-down. Experiment with incorporating patterned accessories that match your personal style like Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch, in zebra print with a chunky metal chain, into your ensemble for a subtler version of the trend.
The Tiger Trench
With the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’ having become such a widespread sensation, the wild print has become hauter than ever. Adam Lippes’ Tiger-Print Trench Coat is the perfect piece for taking on this larger-than-life trends, and its versatile enough to be worn year-round. We wear ours with a black midi dress and – on the days we’re a little feeling bolder – contrasting animal-print shoes.
The Monochrome Animal Print Cape
The cape was a runaway hit on the fall/winter 2020 fashion week runways, so when seen in an animal-print rendition, it’s a double-whammy trend. Valentino’s giraffe-patterned 1966 Cape is an elegant outerwear option that will add some old-school glamour to any look. Embrace dressing up by opting to layer this over a chic black dress and break up the monochrome with camel-toned over-the-knee boots.
The Leopard Clutch
Even those whose style is relatively tame can add a touch of the wild side to their wardrobes. A clean, tonal look comprising of white pants and a shirt or jacket can easily be given a spark of personality when partnered with a daring accessory – like Dries van Noten’s leopard-print clutch. Why not add some further edge to the outfit with some black lace-up boots?
The Zebra Coat
Zebra was the standout print of the season on the fall/winter 2020 runways and its one of our editor’s favorite patterns of the moment. Thanks to the nature of this print, it works seamlessly with complementary black and white pieces. We’ve been dreaming about styling Dries van Noten’s long zebra coat with By Far’s slick Lily Mules and Jacquemus’ ultra-tiny Le Chiquito bag.
The Tiger Shirt
For the summer months, a chic short-sleeve shirt is a closet staple, but you can channel your fierce side by updating the piece with a tiger-print iteration. With such a bold pattern, it’s important to keep the rest of your outfit as pared back as possible – try styling it with a a white midi skirt and black boots for an almost understated look.
The Zebra Clutch
If you’re wondering how to make your workwear wardrobe more ferocious, may we suggest the addition of subtle animal-print bag? We love pairing office-ready pieces like Max Mara’s grey Antiope Blazer and Ondina Shorts with a striking clutch bag à la Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch in zebra-print. You can also add the brand’s ankle chain pumps into the mix for an ensemble that will take you straight from day to night.
The Zebra Print Calf-High Boots
If you’re a fan of the zebra finish but not so much the monochrome stylings of a fully black and white look, Khaite’s calf-hair boots with a tan and brown coloring may be the ideal alternative. Build your look around these statement boots by wearing them over some black slim-fit jeans and selecting a coat with complementary brown tones. It’s a sartorial bonus if you opt for a piece like Bottega Veneta’s two-tone trench-coat, which coordinates with the boots perfectly.