In Defence Of Animal Print

leopard print blazer style 2018

“It’s like being on bloody safari, the amount of animal print about at the moment!”

I’m sure by now we’ve all heard a variation of the hugely original and very witty quip above…animal print is one of the biggest trends of 2018, and it’s going to be more popular than ever throughout Autumn/Winter 18 too. As a former punk kid, leopard and zebra prints featured massively in my teenage wardrobe, and I’ve kept elements of them in my style ever since. These days, I’d describe my signature look as having a rock n roll edge (as opposed to the all-out alternative style I had when I was a bit younger) and animal prints are a constant part of that. I flippin’ love them, and seeing as everyone and their dog seems to have an opinion about this trend right now I’m going to tell you why!

Topshop: Leopard Print Blazer

Topshop: Leigh Jeans

Boohoo: White Tee (similar)

Boohoo: Grey Camo Trainers

leopard print blazer style 2018

leopard print blazer style 2018

A Simple But Bold Statement

We’d all like to be a little bolder in our style, right? The problem with that is it can often feel impossible – I know the feeling of being nervous of getting it wrong, or choosing an ‘out there’ style that just doesn’t work for me. The thing with animal prints – whether it be leopard, zebra, giraffe or snake – is that they’re really accessible and suit pretty much everyone! You can completely transform a simple outfit (like the one I’m wearing here) with a statement piece of animal print clothing, and I think it’s visually clear to tell whether it looks good or you’ve overdone it a little.

Animal prints are also awesome for that easy all-in-one style statement. The most basic dress cut, that might look a bit plain and boring in a block colour, would be an awesome choice if chosen in a zebra or snake print! The same goes for something like this blazer – how dull would this whole look be if that one component was a stone or tan colour?

leopard print blazer style 2018

leopard print blazer style 2018

That Rock n Roll Edge

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I always like to have a bit of an alternative edge to my outfits – even if it’s just a hint. I live for rock music and would spend all my time at gigs if I could, and whilst I’ve outgrown head-to-toe safety pins, chains, patches and studs (although you will find these in my looks from time to time!) I do love to keep elements of the bold prints that featured so heavily in my wardrobe for years. A touch of leopard print or a splash of a zebra pattern adds an instant rock n roll feel to your look, and I’m LOVING the fact you can pick up so many awesome pieces at the moment!

Ultimately it’s all about what you pair your animal print staple pieces with – you can easily create an edgy look, but you could take the same piece and end up with an outfit that’s really feminine and classy. It’s another great thing about this trend…it’s ridiculously versatile! I wore this blazer to the Northern Blog Awards with the matching trousers, creeper wedges and my knuckle duster necklace for a bit of a punk-inspired look, and felt red-carpet ready – yet today it made for a perfect casual piece for wandering around Manchester’s Northern Quarter!

leopard print blazer style 2018

leopard print blazer style 2018

Yes, It’s Everywhere…But Why Is That A Bad Thing?

People LOVE to make out that just because a trend is everywhere, it somehow makes it ~basic~ or something to look down their nose at. The way I see it, if loads of people are enjoying the same trend in their own way, there must be something kind of brilliant about it! Animal prints make me feel confident, sassy and stylish, and if they’re doing the same for lots of other people at the same time then what could be bad about it? From social media to random men on the tram, I’ve seen and heard quite a few people having a go at the animal print revival but honestly, it just makes me smile and move along. If a fashion trend is all something has to moan about, they must have a pretty easy life!

If you do worry about blending in with the crowd even though you’re trying to adopt a trend that was made to stand out, why not search for pieces that break the mould a little? Look for items that use different materials or textures with their leopard print, or go for a pink snake print instead of the classic brown/nude. The options are endless!

leopard print blazer style 2018

What do you think of the animal print trend? Have you added any new pieces into your wardrobe lately?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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8 Comments

  1. October 7, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Love a bit of leopard print! Also love Northern Quarter too, these images turned out stunning!

    • Chyaz
      Author
      October 7, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks so much Luke! I really appreciate that – loved shooting these images x

  2. October 9, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    i used to hate animal print, mostly because of seeing too many bad examples I guess.. in time I learnt to build my own style and now of course, I love it! I can see the beauty of it, but once again, when styled right. I still see animal print street style that makes me cringe, but it is a difficult pattern to make it work isn’t it? 🙂
    I do love how you styled it, and you’re defo making some excellent posts here 😀
    Andra xx

    • Chyaz
      Author
      October 11, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      It’s all about the styling! Thanks so much for your lovely comment x

  3. October 10, 2018 / 5:57 am

    I’m with you 100%! I’ve been looking for the perfect animal print item for a while now… and although they’re everywhere, I’m still on the look-out for the one that suits my aesthetics. Keep rocking it!

    Oliver x

    • Chyaz
      Author
      October 11, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      Yep, exactly! I really think that’s the key – we’re so spoilt for choice at the moment, but always important to make sure we really love what we’re investing in 🙂

  4. October 10, 2018 / 7:13 am

    This print is gorgeous on you! I definitely need to invest in some for autumn winter 🙂 xx

    • Chyaz
      Author
      October 11, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      You total babe! Thank you so much, I can’t stop updating my wardrobe with new animal prints hehe! x

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