4 Ways to Accessorize with Animal Prints

4 Ways to Accessorize with Animal Prints

Add instant sophistication to any outfit with animal print accessories. There are plenty of patterns from which to choose, including leopard, cheetah, and zebra. Keep reading for our favorite ways to accessorize with animal print:


Some handbags and other types of bags come in animal print. Whether your preferred bag style is a classic clutch, on-trend messenger bag, or versatile backpack, animal print imparts an eye-catching look to even the most basic of carryalls.

When carrying an animal-print bag, keep the rest of your accessories simple and neutral. Animal print of any kind is a bold look, so all you need to go with it are black or tan shoes and a pair of oversized sunglasses. If you want to add jewelry, focus on one piece, like a cuff bracelet or pair of stud earrings.


Keep things trendy with a skinny belt in a zebra print — or any other animal print of your choosing. This belt style can be worn with a sheath dress to accentuate your waistline or a pair of dress pants for a stylish touch. You could pair a black-and-white animal print belt with slacks in either color, depending on the season and the other pieces you’re wearing.

Although skinny belts are in style, you could also go for a wider belt. Pair one with a jersey dress or high-rise jeans for a retro-inspired look. No matter which belt style you choose, it’s easy to create a coordinated look by matching your belt hardware to your jewelry pieces. When selecting a belt, there aren’t any fashion rules, so choose one that suits your style and fits appropriately.


One of the easiest ways to accessorize with animal prints is with fashion scarves. As with animal prints, there are many ways to wear scarves. Tie one in your hair as a headband or to dress up your ponytail or around your neck with a bow for Parisian flair. In addition, scarves can be draped over turtlenecks for a casual fall look — choose a tunic-style turtleneck and add soft leggings to keep the outfit on-trend and comfortable. Some scarves are made from sheer, lightweight fabrics like silk for spring and summer, while others are woven from warm materials such as cashmere, wool, and acrylic for fall and winter. For a matching outerwear look, coordinate your scarf with a pair of winter gloves and a hat.


You can even sometimes find dress shoes in animal prints. Slip into a pair of leopard-print pumps for a look that can be worn with slacks to the office or skinny jeans for date night. Loafers and moccasins sometimes also come in animal print, as do ballet flats. Any of these shoes are dressy enough for work but casual enough for weekend wear. Another versatile type of shoe is the bootie. Ankle booties can be worn with business casual clothing or weekend apparel. For footwear that’s date-night-worthy, you can’t beat calf-high boots or wedge sandals.

Animal Print Apparel

The above accessories aren’t the only ways to wear animal prints. There’s also plenty of animal-print apparel to choose from. If you like a coordinated look that’s not over-the-top, wear one piece of animal-print clothing and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. That might mean wearing a leopard-print blouse with black slacks, black shoes, and a black bag. Or pairing cheetah-print leggings with a black tunic top and black calf-high boots.

Animal print is often neutral enough to be office-appropriate, and there’s an animal print to flatter every skin tone. For example, leopard print features tones of black, tan, and a lighter tan hue that range on the warm side of the color temperature spectrum. If you look best in warm-based colors, this might be a print for you. Snow leopard — which is basically leopard print in gray — is an option if your best colors are cool-toned. The fact of the matter is animal print of any kind looks good on almost everyone. So, you don’t have to coordinate it with your skin or hair unless you want to.

Defining Your Look

Now that you know more about wearing animal print consider what look you want to achieve. If your aesthetic is professional and sleek, pair your animal print with classic capsule-wardrobe pieces like flat-front slacks and skirts. For boho-inspired style, stock your closet with floaty maxi dresses for women and a long cardigan sweater. On the subject of cardigans, this versatile sweater style can also be found in animal print. Finally, if you want a look that’s attention-getting and luxe, all you need is a cashmere turtleneck in an animal print — or an animal-print scarf paired with a solid-color turtleneck.

These are just some ideas for wearing animal-print accessories and apparel. Play around with pieces and patterns to discover your wild style.

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