Style by Claire Lopez

Animal Magnetism

It is one of the biggest trends out there this autumn and one you simply cannot ignore if you’ve been anywhere near a shop in recent weeks. And as far as I’m concerned I’m all over it with a more is more approach… yup I’m talking animal print – again. Apologies if this is totally not your bag but perhaps now is the time to rethink and get on board with this versatile, timeless print. What’s for sure is that these pieces won’t be around for ever and are already beginning to sell out in lots of sizes so don’t miss out:

The Top

Mint Velvet’s Tessa Print Blouse £69 would be spot on with a pencil skirt or tailored trousers for work and just as good with denim for the evening or weekend.

Sosandar also has a similar style £49 but it is sold out in some sizes already.

Or for a more prim take try Somerset by Alice Temperley for the Tie Neck Blouse £79

I also like this Trumpet Sleeve Blouse £17.99 from H&M which is a more relaxed option.

I appreciate that you may not get loads of wear out of this right now, unless you are still to go away, but I think this Animal Square Neck Cami £28 from Oasis would be lovely for the evening and on hols.


I also like this Leopard Print Top £29.99 from Mango – not sure if I have lost my mind but I even like it over a roll neck…possibly I am just blind when it comes to animal print?

The Dress

This Mint Velvet Audrey Print Shirt Dress £119 is a great style for work and you can wear this now with sandals and come the autumn with tights and boots – either ankle or fitted knee highs.

Another shorter style is this Leopard Print Fit and Flare Ruffle Dress £69 from Sosandar.

I love this Long Leopard Print Dress £39.99 from Zara which is not yet in stock in any other sizes other than large. However, you can get an email sent when they are in stock.

I’m not sold on the white roll neck underneath but without this, I think this could be a good ‘un: Leopard Pleated Midi Dress £79 &Other Stories.

Mango’s Leopard Print Dress £59.99 is another goodie and you can layer this with a leather jacket once the weather cools down.

The skirt

Animal print skirts are like gold-dust. I found one at Primark for the princely sum of £10 – a pleated chiffon number.

But check out Mint Velvet for their Ellen Print Skirt £99

And this Whistles Leopard Print Wrap skirt £99 skirt is back in stock.

The shoes

As ever the easiest way to do a trend is with a little splash on your feet or with an accessory. These Adele Leopard Studded Pumps £89 from Mint Velvet will give your denim or work trousers a nice bit of edge.

It’s not too early to get your boots for the season and I have a pair of Office leopard print ones that were amazing last winter. These Tan Leather Leopard Print Boots £39.99 from New Look are an absolute steal. I love these worn with frayed skinny jeans as they have styled here.

These Paquita Flat Heeled Ankle Boots £129 from AND/OR are the perfect heel height.

Or there are these kitten heeled Rye Boots £220 from Hush.

In a world where fugly trainers are desirable, these are about as far as I can go: Hotchpotch Trainers £98 Boden.

The accessory

My leopard print belt has been one of the single most useful pieces I own and this Leopard Pony Hair Belt £20 from Warehouse is perfect for livening up all your bottoms.

Or try a scarf like this one £25 from Sosandar.

And a bag like this Isabella Leather Bucket Bag £85 from John Lewis AND/OR range.

The coat

And maybe this is too soon but if you’re after a coat then I wouldn’t rest on your laurels. Try this Wool Blend Coat £155 from &Other Stories.

Or this Hengrave Coat £198 from Boden.

Or this one from Sosandar £149.

If you’re still in the no camp, then know this: animal print is going nowhere fast. So if you can’t beat ’em, why don’t you just join ’em?



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