How to Wear Animal Prints And Graphics

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by Juan E. Romero

Animal Prints And Graphics Invade The Fashion Jungle

Animal prints were a cyclical trend that came and went every few seasons. Today, animal prints are a must for all brands and retailers. It seems consumers can't get enough of animal skin patterns and graphics. 

Once only found in womenswear, animal prints can now be found in every conceivable category for men and women including accessories. Leopard prints remain the most important animal print but other key patterns are zebra, tiger, giraffe and python skin prints. These patterns are all available in multiple color-ways many of which are not found in nature.

Roberto Cavalli Animal Print Dresses

Roberto Cavalli Animal Print Dresses

The Evolution Of Animal Prints

Recently animal prints have evolved into hybrid designs where multiple patterns are joined to form one intricate print. Animal prints are now combined with florals, geometrics, stripes, checks and just about any other print design imaginable. Temperley London and Just Cavalli showed some amazing examples of this new trend in their Spring collections.

Animal graphics used primarily on tee shirts include an even greater range of fauna from the animal kingdom. From cute pugs to ferocious Rottweilers, there is no shortage of dog breeds to be found at retail. Tigers, leopards, chimpanzees, wolves, gorillas and just about any animal can be found on an article of clothing today. Many of these are interpreted in a humorous fashion with sunglasses or 3-D glasses on their faces. This comical take is especially popular in childrenswear where animal graphics are part of the eco-friendly trend.

Although there was a strong backlash to genuine animal skins and furs in the 90's, women still want to embrace these amazing natural patterns, albeit in a faux fur or faux skin fashion. These prints work best when combined with complimentary colors or other prints that contrast with the particular animal skin.

Fashion Vignette Wild Animal Pre-Fall 2013

Fashion Vignette Wild Animal Pre-Fall Direction Board

To see some cool examples of how animal prints and graphics are being worn by animal lovers around the world, check out my Pinterest board, Animal Prints & Graphics. What about you? Do you own some amazing animal prints and graphics that are part of your wardrobe?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.


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  • Niyasnass on

    Thanks for statirng the ball rolling with this insight.


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