Animal Instincts

PHOTO: Shirt, Whistles; Shoes, Dune; Belt, M&S; Trousers, Zara.

I'm back. It's been a while and lots has been going on. I attended a Stylist training course at the NHJ Style Academy a couple of weeks ago which was amazing. I'm now working for them as an intern and have been thrown in at the deep end. I love it! I will be posting more on what I've been up to over the coming weeks but I think it's time for a trend review.

One of my absolute favourites; animal print. I am a leopard print girl myself but there are plenty of others to choose from. Gucci featured a particularly delicious pair of snakeskin boots on their catwalk. I will however stick to what I know.

Leopard print can be tricky to wear as you get older as you don't want to look like a certain barmaid from Coronation Street but it doesn't mean you have to forget it completely. Here are a couple of ways to wear this season's wildest trend:

  • Introduce animal print in your accessories. A belt is a great way to start and looks fab with black or faded blue jeans or belted over a black sweater dress. It also pairs nicely with red which is one of this season's colours so double-tick.

  • Go for print in your footwear. Leopard is a perfect print for shoes as it is actually quite neutral and easy to wear. Go for a pointed court with black leather (look) leggings or jeans. A pair of leopard booties or shoe boots are an even better buy as they will go with trousers and jeans, skirts and dresses - just add black opaques.

  • Add some colour to the mix. Pick a leopard print in a muted winter colour like blue or maroon and it will tone down your outfit. Pair this gorgeous Whistles shirt with a black blazer or a leather skirt.

  • Leopard legwear. A pair of tailored trousers in leopard are a great alternative to jeans. Keep your accessories neutral and pair with navy, black, camel or cream for a sophisticated look.

I hope this is some help on your way to embracing your wild side. Go on, give it a try!