Animal print remains in fashion, here's how to wear it

Steve Madden Sneaker
Steve Madden Sneaker

Animal print has faded in and out of fashion over the decades. However, when it does resurface on the trend radar it’s nearly impossible to ignore.

Designed to assist animals in blending into their surroundings, studies in fashion show that women have been drawn to wild animal prints for the opposite reason.

There’s simply no better time than now to ditch the safety of neutral clothing, or even delicate florals, to fully embrace the high risk that comes with jungle prints.

Owing to the success rate of animal print over time, it’s safe to declare that you, me and everyone we know is in safe hands when it comes to this summer fave.

Take your pick from swimwear, footwear, clothing and accessories in everything from monochromatic zebra stripes to snake skin in every shade, as well as and leopard print in all its glory. There’s a suitable print for everyone, so get summer ready with inspiration from local Instagram queens such as Tshepi Vundla, Sarah Langa and Keneilwe Nei, who show us how effortless it is to work this summer’s best prints.

One-Piece Plunge Animal Print Bathing Suit R499
One-Piece Plunge Animal Print Bathing Suit R499

Show off your wildest prints at the beach, poolside or wherever else you choose to go. Double-up on that costume – be it snake or leopard print – and treat it as a new addition to your collection of summer tops.

Complete the look with your favourite denim and matching accessories for the ultimate finish.

Shop from the hottest selection of untamed one-pieces, bikinis or head-turning, sleeved, three-piece suits.

According to some, switching from couch florals to animal print doesn’t have to be without colour. In fact, Bonang Matheba and Langa serve as proof that an infusion of the brightest tones makes for the best looks.

Keep it fresh in intense citrus shades, make the most of the festive mood with tone-on-tone co-ords, or keep it relaxed in free-flowing and flared fits.

When it comes to exotic prints, more is more and they always work better together. This season, mix and match your prints and shades from your head to the finer details on your toes.

Set your own rules and embrace a full-printed attire with affordable matching accessories for every look.

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Leopard Print Cigarette Trousers R379
Leopard Print Cigarette Trousers R379

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Ankle Strap Block Heel R299
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Snake Print Super Stretch Skirt R549

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