Rhea wearing animal print?
I never thought I’d see the day again (you’ll see what I mean in a moment, unless your eyes have ventured past this block of text and have seen the first photo below). If you’re familiar with my style then you’ll know that you won’t see me in anything that isn’t a checkered print skirt. As well as being predictable, you could also call me a hypocrite because I once said that you would never (like EVER) see me dead in anything that was remotely close to animal print. Actually that’s a complete and total lie. This wouldn’t be “Style Confessions of Her” without a little trip down memory lane (circa 2010) now would it?…
I present you with EXHIBIT A:
(top row, in red…FML)
I guess the context was a little different but can you blame me for being so sceptical towards this trend, when I was once forced into this costume for a dance number at my performing arts school?! As a side note…I’m thankful that I wasn’t dressed as the whole fucking leopard and only forced into a leopard print embellished leotard, that made me look like the female version of Tarzan…Who am I trying to kid? I know that deep down it’s just as hideous.
So if we bring ourselves back to 2019 and take a little scroll through Instagram, who would’ve thought that leopard, cheetah or snake skin print anything, would be gracing the likes of almost every post on my explore page.
Animal print is a fashion statement that you can’t be certain will be received well to the eyes of the general public or worst yet your truthfully honest best-friend, who has no shame in cussing you down for your bold fashion choices (yes, Tas I’m talking to you).As scarred as I was by the sight of the photo above, I needed to redeem myself to the fashion gods because there was no way in hell that I was going to let that be my only experience of wearing animal print. Between you and I, I think it’s safe to say that I always feared that a resounding chorus of people would start singing the “Circle of Life” at me and ask me if my matinee performance of The Lion King went well, if I even attempted to wear anything animal print again!
The first step was figuring out what print would make me feel comfortable in what I was wearing. You can safely assume that I veered well away from leopard print anything! So instead I went with snake print and voila, I came up with this:
What is it about animal print that’s become so popular?
I guess the novelty of it all and it resurfacing from the dead aka from the back of your closest has definitely shed some light to it. The fact that social media has given us all inspiration to make it work for our own personal styles, has helped me figure out ways that I could incorporate it into my outfits. I also think the fact that high street stores have also jumped onto this runway trend has made it easily accessible or in other words…difficult to stay away from.
5 Tips to Getting on the Animal Print Trend
- Head to the high-street: As we know like any trend, I questioned the longevity of this one and naturally I went to the high-street for my dose of it. If you’re trying out this trend then don’t go spending loads of money on it. Be smart because let’s be real, trends will come and go as fast as that fuck-boy you’re chatting to on Bumble, who’s going to ghost you anyway now…Long story short, don’t invest too much into this trend if you’re just trying it out.
- Stick to silhouettes that work for you: The most prominent piece that I saw all over my explore page was the infamous leopard print midi wrap skirt. Naturally my 5’4″ self got too intimidated by that and went with what I knew and felt comfortable with and that was obviously a skort.
- Less is ALWAYS more: It’s so easy to get carried away with trends so I would personally stick to one animal print item per outfit, especially when trying out this trend. So mix animal print with basic and plain items. For me I naturally went to my favourite roll neck jumper so see what works for you!
- Pick a print that doesn’t look completely offensive to your eyes: Let’s be honest some are more garish than others so find one that doesn’t completely give you anxiety and for me that was snake print.
- Don’t forget about accessories, bags and shoes: Some of you may not want to wear it because it may be a step too far, which I can completely get so try incorporating it into your accessories. I will OBVIOUSLY be staying away from animal print head-dresses but I think a pair of ankle boots or even a belt would work as a great nod towards this trend.
I’m not saying to completely abandon what you love, because there’s no way I’m retiring my checkered skirts any time soon.
I hope this has given you all a bit of confidence or inspiration to try out something new if you haven’t already. If you’re feeling hesitant then simply look at my old dance photo and I can 100% assure you that you won’t look any worse than what I look like in that awful leotard and head-dress combo so…MAN UP haha.
Lots of love,