Your Guide to Ace Animal Prints- With a 2021 Update

For all the wild ones out there.

Let’s get this straight, animal prints aren’t loved by all. But at the same time it ain’t for the people pleasers--probably that's what makes it so statement worthy? There’s no denying that the animal print trend has undergone a massive evolution over the past few years. It began with the raging leopard prints in 2018, with snakeskin and tiger soon gaining momentum. The craze seemed to die down gradually, but not for long. The 2021 fashion shows, street style and the return of Y2K were proof enough. Cow prints? Yes. Zebra? Yes. Return of the lofty leopard? Definitely yes. The beauty of animal prints lies in the fact that nothing is truly off limits--from textures to colours, pick any.

For it’s Fall’21 update, the print trend is charged with edge, allure and a whole lot of exhilaration. From Anna Sui’s beloved AW’21 cow prints, to leopards prancing down the Saint Laurent AW’21 catwalk, major fashion houses featured a variety of animal printed ensembles in their collections prepping for a new wave of *roaring* 20s. Whether you gravitate towards Stella McCarney-ish unsaturated shades, or never look back in a trailblazing leopard meets zebra print jamboree, here’s your guide to get your wild wardrobe a 2021 update. 

 

A classic leopard coat

leopard coat

Michael Kors, Fall 21

 

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From Celine to Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli to Lanvin- the AW 21 runways welcomed the statement leopard print with open arms. If you’re new to the safari trend and want to invest in a timeless piece, a long leopard coat is the one for you. 

 

Zebra print pants

zebra pants

Carolina Herrera, Pre-Fall 2021

 

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It’s not the big cats that reign supreme this year, but zebras- the pants in particular. The classic black and white palette definitely adds to the popularity of the street style favourite. Go for a monochrome ensemble or add a bit of colour on the top, and you have your quintessential 2021 #ootd.

 

Mis-match

print on print

Max Mara, Pre-Fall 2021

 

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Why hold yourself to one print when you can rock two? If you’re someone who’s not afraid to laud true fashion maximalism, mis-matching is for you. Try checks with leopards, or even combine two or more animal prints in one. Stick to a particular colour palette for a more cohesive look.

 

Pair with popping accessories

popping accessories

Tom Ford, Spring 2021

 

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What would break the monotony of your head-to-toe safari look? Accessories in striking shades. Go all out with bold colours such as- hot pinks, reds or violets.

 

Sultry slip-ons

mango slip dress

Mango

 

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Slip dresses in animal prints scream bold, yet refined. Exude your sultry side with a pair of strappy heels and beach waves or dress down with a black leather jacket and chunky boots for an edgier style.

 

Living for black and whites

zebra prints

Carolina Herrera, Resort 2022

 

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If you like classic black and white animal print designs, zebras and unsaturated snakeskin will be your favourites. 

 

Cow print accessories 

cow print bucket hat

Kendall Jenner

 

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Off the runway, fashionistas are commanding attention with all sorts of cow print accessories- from bucket hats to mini bags. Looks range from ranch chic to casual city girl. A middle-parted sleek bun, 90s skinny shades and oversized blazers will give you the ultimate 2021 street style. 

 

Flowy bohemian silhouettes 

flowy silhouettes

Dundas, Spring 2021

 

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Channel your inner wild boho chic by opting for a casual flowy silhouette. Let your hair loose, accessorise with a layered neck piece, zip up your classic black boots, and you’re ready to strut the street in style.

 

Slouchy boots

slouchy boots

Nicole Miller, Pre-Fall 2021

 

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If going out in a head-to-toe animal printed ensemble isn’t your cup of tea, why not give slouchy, cool, animal printed boots a go? Pair with other accessories of the same print for a neatly curated street style scene.