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Animal prints: A wild summer

Woman weaing animal print maxi dress and brown thong sandals

This summer, it’s all about the animal prints. There’s leopard, cheetah, zebra, tiger, crocodile, snake – the list goes on! If you style these patterns right, this trend has the power to make any outfit look daring and sophisticated.  And yet, dressing in animal prints is not always that simple. Still, this timeless look has a lot of potential. Not sure what we mean by this? That’s OK! We’re here to be your safari guide, so just follow our lead.

Shelf Bra Animal Print Maxi Dress from Monroe and Main
Shelf Bra Animal Print Maxi Dress from Monroe and Main

Here are three tips on how to look chic when wearing wild prints:

1. Keep it simple

Simplicity is a key element for styling any outfit, but it is especially important  when you’re rocking those animal prints. In order to look attractive in a special print, you must consider every piece of your ensemble. We mean everything from the shoes to the accessories and to the jacket. Slip on your best pair of skinny jeans, a solid-colored blouse and a safari inspired boyfriend blazer. Since you’re only sporting one printed garment, feel free to add a pop of color with a neon clutch handbag. This is the perfect summer outfit for a casual day at the office or for a daytime date. Avoid wearing animal print on your feet if you’re already wearing it on your body. Stick to solid-colored shoes.

Another minimalist way to incorporate this pattern into your ensemble is to slip on a pair of animal-printed kicks. Day or night, leopard heels are a great option. However, these might be a little too fashion-forward for the office, depending on where you work. Instead, opt for a pair of printed pointy toe flats for the workplace, and save the heels for a date night. While these shoes may look simple, they are a great way to dress up workwear basics like your black slacks and white blouses. The shoes make it easy for you to take your look from the office to the bar for happy hour with your coworkers.

2. Treat the print as a neutral

The intensity of animal print can be a little daunting, but if you treat this pattern as a neutral, you’re golden. As long as the tones complement each other, the sky is the limit! Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite emerald snake skin blouse with a pair of chartreuse skinny dress pants. The metallic texture of the blouse exudes a feminine look and the pants tie in a bit of elegance, making this outfit great for both day and night.

Treat animal print as a neutral and pair it with bold colored accessories. Treat animal print as a neutral and pair it with vibrant-colored accessories.

3. Create a balance

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to wear head-to-toe animal print, there are a few things you should consider before stepping out the door. By all means, feel free to mix these prints with more graphic and geometric patterns like polka dots, stripes or plaids. For a balanced look, keep the color scheme simple, accessories to a minimum and layer with neutral-colored garments. Additionally, both prints should be proportionate to one another. There are different variations in size and design among all prints. For instance, tiger print is typically large while zebra patterns are usually thin and diagonal. With this in mind, it’s important to create a balance  when wearing print on print. By this, we mean one print should dominate the other, for contrast.

Printed dresses account for this tip too, seeing as a leopard print dress can be too intense if it’s not styled right. The key here is breaking up your outfit with neutral accessories. If you’re wearing the Shelf Bra Animal Maxi Dress, accessorize with all black leather items like a jacket, shoes and a cross body handbag.

Comments (2)


love animal print ideals for slimmer look and comfortable shoes that is flas and comfortable. for some one who have knees problems. help also something that will mot make my kids run and hide in shame.

Monroe and Main

Hi Robin,
You’ve come to the right place – We have a large selection of Flats and Loafers! The vary in heel height and style, but we’re hopeful you can find something you like. If animal print is what you’re looking for, we have a few options in flats as well. The Freda Shoe by Bellini is especially cute! Thanks for commenting!

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Published on May 10 2016

Last Updated on Oct 04 2018

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