For all of us who love fashion, you can’t help but notice that animal print is everywhere this Autumn! Whilst it’s good to take inspiration from the catwalk, it’s important to ensure this latest trend fits with your colour palette, body shape/scale and style personality, so that you make the best buys to look and feel fabulous. You’ll also want to make sure you avoid the trap of ending up looking like Bet Lunch, the erstwhile barmaid from Coronation Street ….
So, here are the things you need to be mindful of if you’re looking to incorporate this trend successfully into your wardrobe.
Traditional leopard print in shades of browns and taupes will flatter those who fall into the Soft, Light, Warm and Deep colour palettes best.
If you’re Clear or Cool I would suggest adding a colour pop (like a bright lipstick in one of your best colours) or opting for a bolder colour worn next to your face.
This season, animal prints are coming in a plethora of colours so don’t feel you have to go for the usual brown/taupe suspects. Take your colour swatches to the shops and see what they have from your colour palette that you could try.
For example, this blue-based faux wrap from Kettlewell Colours shown above would look fantastic on someone with Clear or Cool colouring.
And this stunning red leopard shirt on the right (Top Shop) would suit a woman with Deep colouring.
There are many different sizes of animal print and, if you choose the wrong one, it can have a big impact on your overall look.
The taller/grander you are, the larger the print you can wear – something small and delicate will be far too ‘busy’ on you.
Conversely, if you’re petite, avoid the large, bolder prints that are popular at the moment as these will overwhelm you.
It’s all about keeping prints relative to your size; so the bigger you are, the bigger the print you can wear.
For example, this dress on the left from LK Bennett has a small print so would be better worn by someone with a smaller or petite frame.
STATEMENT or ACCENT ANIMAL PRINT
If you’re Dramatic or Creative in your style personality, you may well want to go all-out with the animal print trend – try mixing an animal print dress with animal print boots for an all-over look that as been showcased by many fashionistas and Instagram style stars of late. But that’s a look which is not for the faint-hearted!
Romantics will be drawn to prints too, but will need a little sparkle or embellishment to give them a lift. There are also some beautiful textures available in animal print this season – look for sheer blouses and super-soft knitwear. The blue LK Bennett dress shown above is a great example of a Romantic animal print design – just look at those billowing sheer sleeves and the frill detail at the hem.
City Chics will only wish to do a small ‘pop’ of print and the choice is yours in this area – a belt, boot, bag or scarf are all great ways to give a simple look a lift into an on-trend look. Wearing these ankle boots from Dune along with an elegant camel coat would be in the comfort zone for a City Chic style personality or maybe just carrying the clutch. But both would be too much!
Those with a Classic style personality are perhaps the least likely to be drawn to this particular trend but, if you are, take a leaf out of the City Chic’s book and try a subtle accent of animal print first or go for a classic design.
I have fallen for this beautiful and stylish coat from Anthropologie. It’s at the very edge of Classic with more than a touch of drama.
I would ‘tone it down’ by wearing it with classic brown or black boots and handbag and a (monochrome) one-colour dress underneath.
For the Natural style personality, try a pair of animal print trainers or a comfy jumper like this one from Hush and build from there.
Unsure of what your Signature colour, style or personality is and want to get sorted for Autumn/Winter?
Then get in touch with me for a full colour and/or style consultation to discover your best animal prints and much, much more!