How to Wear Animal Print like a Pro


Hello beauties! Can you believe it’s November?!!! I almost fell out of my seat when a co-worker said this past Thursday made it exactly 2 weeks to Thanksgiving! (Shudder).  Anyhoo, animal print is a timeless wonder that will always be in style. And what’s great about it is there are oh so many ways to wear this glorious print. Whether you opt for Zebra, Cheetah, Leopard or Snakeskin in their typical hues or their more colorful variations, bottom line is you can’t go wrong with animal print! Check out below for how to wear animal print like a pro. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions! You can leave a comment or shoot me an email at Plus! Scroll for a free printable/pinnable for easy reference! Great for printing and keeping in your closet as a reminder or you can pin to pinterest for later.

How to Wear Animal Print like a Pro:

Wear an animal print top or sweater with:

  • Leather pants for a night out.
  • Jeans.
  • A pencil skirt for work.
  • A flared or A-line skirt. Just tuck it in!
  • A sleeveless dress so the dress becomes a “jumper.”


Photo by Ely Rose Photography, Hat provided courtesy of Tenth Street Hats

Pair an animal print bottom like a skirt or pants with:

  • A sweater
  • A blouse for a professional work look.
  • A top or long sleeve tee with a sleeveless duster or vest or a leather jacket.

Rock an animal print piece like a dress or jumpsuit:

  • Mix it with other prints like another animal print or even stripes.
  • To keep it simple, pair with neutrals or dark colors.
  • Be adventurous! Try non-earth tone animal print colors.

Photos by Ely Rose Photography

Animal print sweater dress and K Bell socks

Accessorize with animal print jewelry, a purse, belt, or an animal print scarf:

  • Add some flair to your outfit with a leopard print necklace.
  • Simply knot an animal print scarf and pair with a top or a dress.
  • You can also opt for carrying an animal print handbag like a tote for work or a crossbody or clutch for the weekend.
Belted military style coat
Photo by Oscar Merrida

J. Crew Factory animal print necklaceStatement sleeve sheath dress and snakeskin belt

Complete your look with animal print shoes:

  • Boots or pumps, whether leopard, cheetah, snakeskin or zebra print, all look great paired with jeans, leggings, dresses, pants, skirts, jumpsuits, the list goes on and on!
  • Tall or over the knee boots, for example, would look cute with skinny jeans or a jumpsuit. 
  • Booties look great when paired with a sheath dress or even jeans.
  • Animal print flats like loafers or ballet flats instantly elevate any casual weekend outfit.

Dune London Leopard Print Pumps Asos rust dress with Dune London leopard print pumps

Photos by Ely Rose Photography

Mustard yellow sweater and leopard print pumps
Photo by Oscar Merrida
Donna Morgan sheath dress and cheetah boots
Photo by Oscar Merrida

Vince Camuto snake print pumps and striped top J. Crew Factory striped dress and snakeskin pumps

Layer with an animal print sweater, jacket or coat

For more animal print style inspo, check out these other posts: here and here.

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