Animal prints evoke adventure and independence, but can also suggest luxury and style. Whether leopard, zebra or cheetah, animal prints can work for any age and can even act as a stylish neutral. While a mainstay in fashion, dresses, coats, blouses, jumpsuits, and shoes with animal print have recently appeared in an array of wildlife motifs.
100 YEARS OF PRINTS
Animal prints have been a perennial favorite in the last century. In the ‘20s and ‘30s, they were associated with glamorous movie stars. Sultry personalities in the ‘40s and ‘50s like Eartha Kitt sported wildcat motifs, while Jackie Kennedy made a splash with her Cassini leopard-print coat. Reflecting bold attitudes, ‘80s punk and rock musicians like Blondie donned animal print bodysuits and spandex. In the ‘90s, Scary Spice and Shania Twain wore head-to-toe animal print to show off their fun and feisty personalities.
Once again, it’s been all over the runways. J-Lo, Kylie Jenner, and Bella Hadid are just a few trendsetters stepping out in animal motifs. While these prints have been worn in different ways over the years, it’s easy to keep the looks modern and fresh. We have four ways below.
One way animal print is being worn today is mixing patterns together. This could be pairing with stripes or polka-dots, but it can also be with an additional animal print! Start with a classic silhouette and build from there. Anna, our cushioned ballet flat, now comes in a zebra print. Mix with a black-and-white patterned blouse, or add a leopard-print handbag to your ensemble.
Leopard flats are chic and comfortable for work. Start with clean basics, such as tailored black pants and a white blouse or a black sheath dress. The Full Leopard Moc is a sophisticated slide-on moccasin that can liven up your work wardrobe and keep you fierce even if you’re on your feet all day.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
For a cool weekender look, try leopard print shoes. The Thunderbird II Leopard is a stylish new moc that can be worn with a slouchy T-shirt and jeans or denim shorts. (Also, see how Emma Roberts styled the Leopard Kilty). With padded insoles, these moccasins are handy for your walking errands or when taking the kids out on activities.
PRINT IN COLOR
A very contemporary way to wear animal print is when color is added to the pattern. Neons and jewel tones have been seen replacing browns and tans. One of the hottest colorways, cobalt blue, is easy to get with our new Blue Leopard Boot. Both add an irresistible pop of color, taking an outfit from average to next level.
Animal print is associated with power, independence, and strong femininity. From feisty to luxurious, there are many ways to integrate prints into your own style personality. Check out these shoes with animal print and more from our women’s section.