There is no shortage of animal print every fall and winter. If you´re in doubt, go through the archives of fall/winter runway shows and you´ll see that there are always animal print coats and other types of outerwear in this print on the stage.
I have written a whole lot of style tips in wearing animal print. If you´re wondering how not to age in a wild print, you should really check out my article, how to wear leopard print without looking matronly.
For cold seasons, there´s an array of options when it comes to animal print toppers. You can have them in fur, in wool, or in different fabrics with fur accents. Whatever material you choose for your coat, here are five fashionable style ideas you can steal, fresh from the runway.
1. Animal Print over a Chiffon Dress, Givenchy
Wondering what´s the best topper for your flowy chiffon dresses? Whether you´re going to church, attending a wedding or heading to a cocktail party, you can easily add an edge to your figure skimming chiffon dresses with an animal print coat.
Remember to apply the rule of length – your coat should be one or two inches longer than your dress, or vice-versa. Your animal print outerwear should never be too long or too short.
2. Animal Print Coat over a Printed Dress, Anna Sui
This look from Anna Sui is a perfect play on print and colors. It´s what we call color + print clashing. But pay attention to how it was done, the print on the dress are fine, which matches the fine print on the coat. Also, the dress boosts a dark print of winter which jives with the neutral yet dark wild print of the coat.
Most importantly, if you take off the coat, you will see that the model is wearing a monochrome look – the same shades of colors from head to too. That´s the reason why even if there´s a busy print on top, the wearer´s vertical line isn´t cut.
Your fab takeaway? If you decide to put your hand on this print on print styling, make sure your tall boots (or any shoes) matches your under layer.
3. Animal Print Dress Coat, Gucci
What´s not to love in a dress coat? It´s feminine, elegant, and a favorite of Princess Katherine. But seriously, a dress coat comes with that subtle yet well defined flare which gives your figure a boost. It delivers that illusion of a slimmer waist which no other topper could surpass.
If you can find an animal print dress coat, you´re lucky. This isn´t easy to find anywhere. Make the most of your print by wearing it only with black – a black turtleneck and a pair of black tall boots.
4. Animal Print Fur Coat with Nude Dress, Anna Sui
Stand taller in an animal print fur coat by throwing it over a nude dress. This is the literal definition of tonal – neutral on neutral. Polished with nude high heels, or even some flat but nude lace up shoes, your vertical line looks its longest.
If you´re petite and you´re afraid that a fur coat will overwhelm your frame, go for this combination. Just make sure your coat hits around your knees.
5. Animal Print Coat with White, Chloe
If all fails, you can never go wrong with animal print on white. Let the print of your coat do the talking by wearing it over a white knee-length dress. If you rather stretch it, opt for a white lace dress. Your shoes should be neutral too, preferably dirty or winter white.
Don´t be afraid to invest on a stunning animal print coat because they never go out of trend, they always bounce back every cold season and there are always new fresh ways to restyle them. So go ahead, embrace your wild side!