Animal prints to suit different colourings

Animal prints to suit different colourings

Animal prints to suit different colourings

You may well have been inundated with posts on the animal print trend. They are arguably the most popular trend this season. Animals of all varieties are prowling the streets and invading our wardrobes this Autumn. Do you love or hate them?

One of the challenging factors of this trend is the colouring. In real life, these wild animals have coats of spots or stripes in the warm tones of brown, tan and beige. These tones work well as camouflage in the wilds of the African bush. However, they may or may not suit our more delicate complexions.


I normally stick to my own advice and add a couple of animal print accessories to my wardrobe. This season I thought that I would be more adventurous and try out this vibrant red print top from Mint Velvet. It is a mid-tone red with a balance of cool and warm undertones so should suit most of us.

If you are feeling a little more reticent about the animal print trend you might prefer to give a nod towards this look and add a couple of accessories to your wardrobe. If you are not wearing the item near your face you have a wider choice. A pair of leopard print shoes can add pizazz to a plain outfit. If you plan to wear the piece near your face I would advise playing it safe and choosing a colour that flatters your natural colouring.

Animal print accessories

I am getting a lot of wear from my cool toned scarf as shown in a previous post here.

Red leopard print top


Red leopard print top

At first, I was not sure about this red top.  I thought it might be too bright for me, however, each time I tried it on it grew on me and I finally decided to keep it. By mid-winter when the sky is grey and dark I like a bright colour to cheer me up.

Red leopard print top

A selection of animal prints:

I have teamed my red leopard top with a pair of plain black trouser, several years old similar at Boden.

Over to you. Do you love or hate animal prints?

All photos by Laura Hines follow her Instagram. Location L’Orleans Gardens Twickenham


  1. Mary
    5th October 2018 / 16:15

    Glad you decided to keep the red top. Colour looks great on you.

    I have a rather nice animal print shoulder bag and patent animal print shoes though I don’t wear them at the same time. Bought both some years ago and they (re) appear when animal print is in fashion!!

  2. Sara Shaw
    5th October 2018 / 16:42

    Another great boot find with a nod to animal print: Joules have either an all-animal print Chelsea boot or a tan one with animal print at the back. I’ve gone for the all-over print but it was a struggle to chose! Flat, very comfortable and pull on. Also away from one’s face and the colour will go with so many others. Love this print in small quantities but I think the red looks really good as a larger piece too.

    • 6th October 2018 / 15:08

      Thanks Sara I will check out Joules. Thanks for letting me know,

  3. Brenda Chell
    5th October 2018 / 19:06

    You look great Josephine, what a pretty blouse! Love the big black brooch, or is it a necklace?

    • 6th October 2018 / 15:09

      HI Brenda
      It is a brooch. I have had it for some time. It is very useful as a coat fastener.

  4. Angela
    5th October 2018 / 21:38

    My all-time favourite colour that truly lifts the spirits. Wonder what it would be like with dove grey underneath?

    • 6th October 2018 / 15:14

      Hi Angela
      I think it would look lovely with Dove grey. I will try it.

  5. Christine Trory
    5th October 2018 / 23:28

    Such a lovely shirt on you and as you mention will be great when those dull, grey days hit.

  6. Lynn Brogden
    6th October 2018 / 11:43

    The red blouse looks great, it really suits you Josephine, my animal print is a scarf, I must be more adventurous and buy an item of clothing.

  7. 6th October 2018 / 18:07

    I am keen on animal print! I had a close fitting top in my forties. I think I wore it with high waisted trousers. Quite daring for me… I bought a tunic from Next last year and had a scarf that I wore so much for a few years… Still thinking about that JL blue scarf!

    • 8th October 2018 / 08:38

      Hi Jane
      I would grab that scarf before it sells out.

  8. Pat
    6th October 2018 / 20:42

    You look gorgeous in that top! It is stunning! I adore leopard print and have many items in leopard print. My favorite item is a faux fur coat, which I can dress up or down. Shoes and handbags and scarves are a great way to add them to your wardrobe and look! Great post.

  9. Anon
    8th October 2018 / 00:21

    You look like you’re having fun, and what’s more fun than an unexpected animal print! No wonder you chose it.

    I’m attending a birthday party for some pandas this week, so I might be tempted to go OTT with animal prints.I think it’s allowed, given the setting.

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