Let’s face it, animal prints are not going anywhere. They are here to stay! Every season we debate on whether animal prints are tacky or totally sexy and yet people some how can’t have enough of them. It is one of that fashion trend, which comes back season after season.

Animal print fashion started trending in the late 1920’s to 80’s with the famous grunge look with micro sunglasses and heavy winter coats. It took some courage to pull off this trend. You had to be an experimental, out-there individual to carry these looks. Also, the whole fashion world screaming that animal prints were not for a healthy person and made them look fatter didn’t really matter. Because people were embracing their wild child in them!

And now in 2018, animal prints are back more on the lines of vintage meets minimalistic trend!  And this can be gaged from Asos profits roaring in 2018 because of animal print dresses. Don’t say, I already called it BBC. Lol.

P.S. You remember how bell-bottoms were such a yesteryear thing? Now Levis has different types of bell-bottom jeans that sell like hot cake! (No lying, they actually make you look flattering with the right fitting)

But Yes, back to animal prints –

There are various types of animal prints – common favourites are Leopard (my personal favourite), Cheetah, Snake and Zebra print. You can either add them to your wardrobe as a top, a skirt or even a dresses. If that’s too much for you, then perhaps you can try adding them in accessories like scarves, shoes, handbags or even jewellery! Trust me, it’s all about styling. Any person regardless of their shape or size can rock any look! Fashion is for all.

Hence, case in point, I’m going to help you that confidence to incorporate at least one element of animal print to try something different and unleash the coco chanel in you with a glass of prosecco in hand!

Here we go –

  • Denim

  • Leather pant

  • Woollen top

  • Dress

#ProTip – Each curated mood board demonstrating the pairing of right elements. As animal prints are very attractive and heavy on the eyes, one must be subtle on other pieces to look more put together, except for a bold lip! It is the statement maker.

In contrast, if you are in an adventurous mood, then you must definitely try the print on print look! If done right, you are set to feel confident and fabulous wherever you go. Here’s an example –

#ProTip – Avoid heavy fabrics at all costs as animal prints fade in the long run due to wear and tear. Try softer materials like cotton, satin, silk etc.

#BonusTip – You cannot only wear them in winters by layering them with coats but you can also rock them in summers with a bold lip and sunnies!

Fashion is all about fun! So have fun while you are at it. No need for luxury buys always; you can add a few pieces of luxury accessories if thats what you want. But to be honest, on a casual basis you don’t need to break your bank. Now even high street stores like Zara, Forever 21 and more stock fun pieces. Even our Fashion Streets like Bandra in Mumbai or Sarogini Market in New Delhi, have amazing pieces at a steal. Just keep your eyes open and don’t be afraid.

Animal prints at first seem daunting, but after reading this article you might actually want to give it a shot! Adding pieces of animal print adds that edge to a look. Things you already have in your wardrobe can be easily paired together, like,

  • Black/Blue high waist denims
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • Blazers/Over-sized Jackets
  • Black/Red/Nude Sandals/Heels
  • White Sneakers
  • White/Black /Blue/Yellow basic plain t-shirt/shirt/camisole/sweater
  • Printed alternate pieces like a shirts/trousers
  • Accessories

Nothing is a Fashion Faux! Fashion is a universal language, which can be interested in multiple interesting ways by anyone. So don’t let any magazine or fashion critique tell you what to do. Be YOU. #TheNAARIFactor

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