Animal print has come a long way. Gone are the days where it was seen as a ‘tarty’ or provocative way to dress, conjuring memories of Bet Lynch behind the bar at the Rovers Return! When worn in a modern, demure way, animal print is a wonderful addition to your wardrobe which oozes feminine glamour. So, in celebration of all things animal print, here are our editor’s picks for contemporary wild prints and how to wear them!
Leopard print blouse
Forget plunging necklines and skin-tight silhouettes, the way to wear leopard print today is in a classy, grown-up chiffon blouse, such as our favourite 08/2013 #108. This style has a dramatic neck tie with a keyhole and front seam. Make sure to find pretty buttons for the cuffs.
Animal print wrap dress
A wrap dress like our 70s-style number 10/2011 #122 is a great way to showcase strong prints as the draping fabric breaks up the pattern and softens the overall effect. Team it with a chunky belt and accessories for a wild look.
Leopard slouch trousers
When wearing animal prints on the legs, the best looks are with loose fitting trousers rather than skin-tight leggings. We love the 07/2011 #102A animal print trousers for their relaxed style which while attention grabbing, could never be accused of being slutty!
Coat with animal print sleeves
When it comes to coats, an all-over animal print look can be hard to carry and makes such a bold statement that it’s hard not to stand out like a sore thumb wherever you go. By contrast, our 09/2011 #114 coat with animal print sleeves gives you a glamorous look that’s more elegant and understated.
Animal print belt
Our final pick is this striking #6064 belt created for BurdaStyle by sewing pattern designer Sean Cabezas. The animal print suede gives a hint of print and a subtle lift to any outfit! We love the shape and style and how quick and easy it is to make!
For more advice on how to wear leopard print, check out this video on Guardian Fashion by Jess Cartner-Morley. We just love the idea that “Only the unevolved see animal print as evidence that the woman is ‘as tiger’.”
But what about you? Do you love animal prints or have you always shied away from them? What other Burda patterns have you made in animal print? We’d love to hear your stories below, or why not post a photo to our Facebook page? Let us know!