I’m a firm believer that animal print is a neutral. I have a whole section of my closet dedicated to all things leopard print, and I always find myself reaching for these pieces the most. A pale + neutral animal print is so versatile, and can work for basically any occasion. In this style guide, I will teach you easy ways to integrate print into your everyday wardrobe without trepidation. Wether you are a beginner starting out with leopard slides or a fashionista who’s been rocking leopard print trench coats for years, I hope you can learn something new from this post.
An animal print mini has been my “throw on” outfit for years. The amount of cheetah print mini dresses in my closet is a little bit alarming, but oh well. ;) It’s just so effortlessly chic! This is a staple piece for me because I can easily dress it up or down. I love to thrown on a pair of black Doc Martens + a thick gold hoop earring for a daytime look, and swap out the docs for a pair of black strappy heels for date night. This mini also pairs well with a classic black leather jacket or a brown suede moto jacket for chillier nights. I recommend solid nude or solid black bags when wearing a busy print. One of my favorite looks of 2019 was when I layered a sheer white polkadot long-sleeve blouse under a spaghetti strap leopard dress for the perfect amount of print mixing. A long sleeve mini dress is so flattering, and you can show off your tan with the flirty length of this chic leopard print dress. Long sleeves tone down the sexiness of the neckline and short length. You can get this number from Femme Luxe.
Dress above from Femme Luxe.
Just like the mini, an animal print maxi dress is a wardrobe staple. From a slinky slip dress to a classic maxi, you can’t go wrong with choosing a neutral animal print because wearing a dark animal print from head-to-toe can look a bit aggressive. Choosing a light beige leopard print allows for more casual styling with sneakers + a light wash denim jacket.
The key to wearing animal print is pairing it with high-quality fabric to elevate your ensemble. For example, you can pair an elegant silk with a basic cropped cotton tee, or pair an animal print skirt with a cashmere sweater. Balance is key here. The classic leopard print midi skirt seen on bloggers across the gram is such an important piece to have in your wardrobe. I picked up a light cream colored version, as well as a darker brown print for variety. I love this piece because styling options are endless. Wether you pair it with a cropped band tee, or bra-tucked chunky knit sweater, you’re going to look chic AF. I tend to always wear Doc Martens with this look, but I love how white converse or classic black vans look as well. No matter what your personal style is, a leopard midi is an essential basic to add to your wardrobe.
Where my office ladies at?! I know you can testify that work attire can get bland + boring. Thank God, the days when animal prints were an office no-no are behind us. As long as you are classy with your styling, I think an animal print is a must for the work environment. It adds a fun+ feminine touch to classically masculine work attire. I recommend sticking with darker colored animal prints (brown is a good option). For example, a dark leopard print blouse tucked into a pair of black slacks is a stunning + classy outfit. If your office is more conservative, thrown on a black blazer and you’re good to go. I also love the look of a ruffled leopard print blouse tucked into a slimming midi pencil skirt. This is the perfect look that can go from the office straight into date night with a change of shoes. For a casual daytime outfit, tuck your leopard blouse into a pair of high-waisted jeans.
From rocking an animal print dress, to spicing up your work attire with a sassy leopard blouse, there are endless ways to rock animal print. We all need some basics to pair with our fun printed pieces. Femme Luxe has an amazing selection of trousers, corset dresses, jeans, and black lace bodysuits for you to add to your closet staples. You can shop them here.