Animal skins have been around since the 18th century. Before long, the beautiful patterns were reproduced on to fabrics.
What gives animal prints staying power in the fashion industry is that they are like neutrals, made up of black, brown, beige and sometimes grey. These colors are the basis of my wardrobe, so I use a lot of animal prints to accessorize, especially in fall and winter.
In my book, a small dose is best. Mixing and matching too many prints can turn a chic outfit into something overwhelming!
I love this zebra print coat. I got it several months ago from W by Worth. I’ve paired it with Gap jeans, a neutral top and bootie and a classic Chanel black bag. The coat is the statement piece for this fall and winter outfit, so everything else needs to be understated. I’ve even kept my jewelry to a minimum.
Other high-end brands, like Celine, have made a similar coat. It was photographed in a recent issue of Vogue magazine. I just love it!
One of my favorite ways to bring animal print into an outfit is with a scarf. Adding the scarf to the fuschia coat completes the look! I kept everything else simple and classic.
Another way I love to insert animal print into an outfit is with shoes. These Stuart Weitzman flats add just the right amount to this Vince sweater (my favorite sweater brand) and Chanel bag. I’m eyeing some animal print pumps to add to my wardrobe for the season. Chloe’s Drew bag just came out in animal print, so I’m putting that one on my wish list as well!
Animal prints are a timeless, classic fashion trend that anyone, even over 40, can wear.