HOW TO WEAR ANIMAL PRINT
By Lakeisha Goedluck, 8 November 2018
So, you’ve done the sensible thing this season and stocked up on check shirts. But if you’re in the mood to trial a new pattern, why not get your paws on some animal-print picks? From a leopard-print faux-fur parka to standout snakeskin-print pants (yes, really), here are three of our favourite ways to go wild this season.
This spring/summer, revere-collar shirts were every street-stylers’ go-to. From striped numbers to ultra-cool Hawaiian-print versions, the 80s favourite brings an instant vintage vibe to any outfit. If you’re keen to give the silhouette staple an update, go for a multi-pattern piece like this one. To tame the mixture of zebra and leopard prints you’ve got going on, go for a pair of dark, block-colour trews with a subtle stripe down the side. Pop on a pair of creepers with leopard detailing to up your safari-inspired steez.
Fun fact: the template for the original parka jacket was derived from a style worn by nomadic Caribou Inuit hunters in the far reaches of Canada, and was first made popular in nylon forms in the 1950s. This season, instead of donning a traditional khaki iteration, why not take things up a notch with a leopard-print version? Start off your look with a plain white T-shirt and staple light-wash jeans, and gradually get more adventurous with each layer. A baroque-style shirt will nicely contrast with your coat. Gain extra style points for throwing in a snake-effect belt.
Out of all the animal prints to try out, snakeskin is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Although it’s pretty bold in nature, the print is surprisingly easy to style. Go down the old-school rock star route – think Keith Richards, Mick Jagger et al – and select a pair in a form-fitting cut. On your top half, pick an uncomplicated white shirt to keep the focus on your trews. Then, finish with snake-effect pointed black boots to really nail the retro look.