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