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How to wear animal print this winter

14 June 2019

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

This season’s fiercest print can be worn to work or throughout the weekend.

If you’re on the prowl for a playful wardrobe update, look no further than classic yet colourful animal print.

From leopard to snakeskin, animal prints never really go out of fashion. But thanks to a number of big-name-brands – including Victoria Beckham and
Saint Laurent – turning their catwalk into a homage of big jungle cats for their winter collections, the trend is once again the most-wanted.

Here’s how you can take a style safari this season in chic prints that celebrate your animal, and fashion, instincts.


Blouse, $429, and pants, $539, both by Helen Cherry. Cardigan, $295, by M.A. Dainty from Harry’s. Belt, $155, by Deadly Ponies. Shoes, $210, by Merchant 1948. Ring, $279, by Jasmin Sparrow. Earrings model’s own.

At work

One of the most fashionable animal prints in the concrete jungle is snakeskin.

Often in a neutral colourway of black and beige, it is the perfect fit for the office wardrobe.

We love a cosy cardigan paired with a pussy-bow blouse and black pants for a polished look.

Other ways to try the trend, are to wear the print in a blouse, and team with a black blazer, or to work it into accessories, including kitten heels and handbags.


Sweater, $190, by Seed Heritage. Pants, $779, and bag, $1398, both by Isabel Marant from Workshop. Shoes, $260, by Mi Piaci.

For the weekend

The newest addition to the animal print kingdom, the cheetah print is best worn in its natural habitat – the weekend!

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In cosy sweaters and soft-fabric totes, this particular print is a strong casual look.

We love it paired with a white outfit, like the one pictured above, for a fashion-forward look.

If you like your weekends a little more low-key, we suggest pairing the print with denim jeans and your favourite flats.


Top, $439, by Camilla and Marc. Pants, $289, by Kowtow. Belt, $199, by Deadly Ponies. Faux fur coat, $380, by Seed Heritage. Necklace, $329, by Jasmin Sparrow. Boots, $389, by Kathryn Wilson.

At night

The hero-piece of the animal print trend this season is a faux furry coat – best worn on winter evenings for a fun, and comfortable, statement.

If you want to play up the drama, we recommend wearing it with bold red and gold accented-accessories.

The look is equally glamorous when worn over a black outfit – we recommend tying your hair back to show off your bold collar.


Styling: Danielle Clausen
Photography: Michael James Rooke
Hair and makeup: Sophy Phillips
Model: Tia @Clyne Model Management
Main image credits:
Dress, $675, by Day Birger et Mikkelsen from Harry’s. Belt, $199, and scarf, $230, by Deadly Ponies. Necklaces, $329 each, and ring, $279, by Jasmin Sparrow.



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