Winter Fashion Trends: Animal Print on everything

Animal print clothes

(All items, Miss Selfridge)

If you do a lot of shopping, read a lot of fashion magazines or just have eyes, you’ll probably have noticed that there’s a whole lot of leopard print goin’ on this winter. (If you failed to notice this, then we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news.)

Of course, animal print in general, and leopard print in particular, is one of those things that never really go away, whether we want it to or not. Whatever the season, and whatever the year, there’s generally an animal print something-or-other to be found in the stores, and that’s not always a bad thing, either. This year, however, is different. This year, we’re looking at a head-to-toe animal print invasion. It’s on shoes. It’s on dresses. It’s on skirts. It’s on coats. It’s on…look, we could continue here, but we’re sure you can name clothing items yourself, yes?

When it comes to animal print, our personal – and note the word “personal” here – rule of thumb has always been that it’s an “accessories only” kind of print. On a belt, or a hat, or a pair or shoes, say, a bit of animal print can add something to an outfit: a GOOD something. Especially in the case of leopard print shoes, which we LOVE. On clothes, though? On clothes, this is a print which has to be approached with caution, lest you end up looking like a middle-aged barmaid in a northern soap opera. Or worse. So while we’re not totally opposed to the concept – we could possibly imagine wearing the pencil skirt show in the image above, for instance – we do worry about the liberal application of animal print to ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING.

Animal print, you see is just not an ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING kind of thing. That stretchy mini skirt, for instance, will give us nightmares now. The dress with the mesh panel is just one can of spray tan and a set of gigantic false eyelashes away from being too tacky to live.

And then there’s things like this:

Leopard print jumpsuitJumpsuit, $572, What Goes Around Comes Around

It is The Fashion Police’s belief that the words “leopard print” and “jumpsuit” should never appear in the same product, for when they do, a fashion crime will surely follow.

Don’t believe us?

leopard print jumpsuitRebecca Minkoff jumpsuit, $498

All you need to do is to consult the Peep Toe Boot rule here to see that we’re telling the truth.

This is also an issue:

leopard print pantsLeopard print pants, $396, A.L.C.

So, what do you think of animal print? Is it OK in moderation, a comlpete no-no at any time, or are you happy to clothe yourself in it from head to toe?

16 Comments

  • October 14, 2011

    Liza Ashby

    I’ve not really been a fan of animal print ever since I wore a lot of it as a child. Anything seen as good age 11 is not good now! I think in moderation, or a subtle print, it can look nice….but head to toe is too much. And it is so easy for it to look really cheap :/

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  • October 14, 2011

    Karen

    I think it’s OK in moderation. I have a leopard print dress that I love. It’s not tight, has a wide solid brown/black belt/empire waist, which is connected to a broad solid Y-shaped neckline, and it’s also nearly sleeveless (the sleeves barely cover the top of my shoulders) and I think these details break up the leopard a little, but it’s still a head-to-toe leopard dress.

    I would NEVER wear it with leopard shoes though. I usually prefer it with solid black or brown shoes, or a pair of sandals in the summer.

    I also think the *first* jumpsuit you showed would be great as just pants, with a simple black or other neutral sweater.or top. The others, not so much. I think a lot depends on the quality of the print. I think some come across as classy, but others can only be called trashy, no matter how nice the piece would otherwise be.

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  • October 14, 2011

    Francoise

    I’m one of those “not at all, at least on myself” people. Actually my favourite leopard print item (as seen on others) is a retro jacket. I also tend to prefer it (again, on others) in other colours.

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  • October 14, 2011

    maddy

    i love animal print but in moderation. i have a tank top animal print, i wore it a lot during summer, looks well with bronzed skin.
    i wouldn`t wear animal print from head to toe or buy clothing items which have a large surface of animal print like: pants or coats (they have that afrian dictator vibe).
    i do like animal print on smaller items like: tops, belts, a scarf or a funky wrist watch. not sure about shoes, i think they look kinda tacky.

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  • October 14, 2011

    Daisy

    I gathered a lot of leopard print in the past year or so, so it’s safe to say I love it. I do however take great caution in wearing it moderately. Obviously I have leopard print on accessories (so cool, just a bit of ‘pop’): belt, purse, shoes, both heels and flats. But I also have a dark leopard print cardigan, a top and I absolutely love my silk wrap dress from LK Bennett. I just never EVER wear it all at once, and never with a lot of cleavage or a slightly tacky shoe. (the more edgy shoes go with a more simple outfit)

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  • October 14, 2011

    Anna

    It’s funny that I read this now, because on the TV, there are a couple mannequins in long leopard-print dresses. But yeah, I love leopard print in moderation. (And maybe slightly more than moderation. Like, I might wear a leopard print dress. But not with a mesh panel because ew. I actually think it’s the mesh more than the print that makes the dress tacky. But I digress.) It’s kind of annoying when people immediately label anything with leopard print as trashy. I mean, too much of it can look cheap, but it doesn’t always.

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  • October 14, 2011

    naiadknight

    The only animal print I own is a giraffe print cropped belted blazer. I owned a leopard cardigan at one point until I realized that I never wore it (not because it was leopard print, but because it was most brown/ beige.) I’m not big on most animal prints, simply because my first introduction to the was Peggy Bundy on Married with Children and I can’t shake that image every time I put it on.

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  • October 14, 2011

    Natasha

    Love it on accessories, especially shoes. I think it can also work in larger doses, if you keep the outfit relatively simple. For instance, the pencil skirt above is great, and I think a simple Victoria Beckham style sort of dress could also look very good in an animal print.

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  • October 14, 2011

    Heidi

    When I see these head-to-toe leopard print jumpsuits, I think of old ladies in Florida with badly dyed hair, acrylic nails and caking make-up.

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  • October 14, 2011

    Alexandra

    I do not own any leopard/ animal print item of clothing, but mum has a leopard print scarf which I like and I wore on serveral ocasions.
    I suppose animal print is ok in moderation and combined with just one other colour. I once saw a picture of Victoria Beckham wearing a leopard print top with a white suit and the combination looked very good on her.
    I would never wear more the one small item of animal print. I also think that if you wear more items, even accessories, it is risky as they might not match in colour or print size, so even two things might be to much.

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  • October 15, 2011

    Monica

    Never been a fan of animal print whether that be on clothes or accessories !

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  • October 15, 2011

    liyana

    I prefer them in moderation. I have loved one leopard print jacket and one/two bags, but never on top, pants, shoes or lord no, jumpsuit

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  • October 15, 2011

    lizvocal

    I’m in London today, and after seeing this post, I saw leopard print everywhere today.

    Also took a bus down Oxford, got to see so many UK shops that get featured here! Felt like seeing old friends, if your old friends don’t dress well.

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  • October 16, 2011

    Stephen Bergstrom

    That’s not even a GOOD leopard print on those pants. Looks more like a bad Rorschach ink blot.

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  • October 16, 2011

    jasmiat

    The dress, loafers and bustier are the only thing that look good. Its a very thin line to not look trashy when you wear animal print

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  • January 3, 2012

    Claudia

    I think leopard print looks great when it comes to loafers and bags. I don´t like it very much on dresses or tank tops, though. I love it but in small doses. The key to use it is to keep it simple.

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