Animal magic: How to wear animal print for spring

If winter’s trend for leopard left you hungry for more, then welcome to the jungle, because designers went wild animal print this season! Leopard, snake, tiger, cheetah and zebra prints all stalked the spring summer 2019 runways, so unleash your inner animal and take a walk on the wild side. As a new neutral or the ultimate statement piece, here’s our favourite ways to wear animal print for spring, writes Carolyn Moore

Abandon any notion that animal print is tacky. A perennial favourite, it’s now such a staple that it’s practically a neutral. Case in point: Lola snakeskin skirt, €130, Hobbs. Worn with Susanna shirt, €105, and Ruby zebra belt, €80, hobbs.co.uk

From neon & black to biscuit & beige

The season's snake prints come in wearable neutrals or rainbow brights. Take a walk on the wild side in Topshop's teal-toned belted shirt dress, €76.

Hear me rawr!

Go loud and proud and wear your status as animal aficionado on your sleeve. Animal print doesn’t get bolder than this. Lurex sweater by Gucci, €1,200, Brown Thomas.

Monotone magic

Larger than life zebra stripes might be a daunting prospect but make this sharply tailored blazer a singular focal piece for a hint of animal magic. Blazer, €89, H&M Studio.

Get 'em, tiger!

Amp up your animal print with some high voltage sequins and combine with the retro glam of a 70’s-style wrap dress. Sequinned wrap dress by Rixo, €525, Brown Thomas.

Cheat sheet

Can’t get on board with full-blown leopard print? Cheetah spots have all the impact with none of the Bet Lynch undertones. Cowl back cheetah spot dress, €89, Warehouse.

Cosy up

A winter warmer for next year and a great transitional piece for now, in timeless blush tones that never go out of style. Mohair blend cardigan by Miu Miu, €1,100, Brown Thomas.

Snake it off

We’re thinking tanned legs, chunky sandals, a crisp white shirt, and oodles of gold jewellery for a summer look with pure animal magnetism. Skirt by V by Very, €38, littlewoodsireland.ie.

All that glitters

Dip a toe in the embellished daywear trend and team this sequinned leopard cotton knit sweater (€37, Marks & Spencer) with ripped boyfriend jeans and your favourite kicks.

Everyday essential

A wardrobe staple in a staple print? That’s a sartorial win-win. Wear with heels or trainers for absolute versatility. Blush-toned pleated midi skirt, €29.99, New Look.

More on this topic

Check-mate: Gingham- the easy summer style win

Naomi Campbell to be honoured with Fashion Icon Award

Bright ideas: How to wear the summer tailoring trend

What’s the Occasion? What to wear on your next big day out

More in this Section

Review: Lauryn Hill proves she still has that thing

Darina Allen: A celebration of Irish produce

Gone to pot: Leading psychiatrist on the cannabis debate

Why London is the perfect hunting ground for antique lovers this month


Latest Showbiz

Spider-Man: Far From Home star Jake Gyllenhaal ‘honoured’ to make Marvel debut

More From The Irish Examiner