Animal Print Is Back—Here's How to Wear It in 2016

While one might argue that animal print is a classic that never truly goes away, it's quite apparent that the most exotic of prints is astronomically more popular this year than it has been for the past several seasons. It was worn by a slew of show attendees during fashion month, and celebrities like Kendall Jenner have been draping themselves in it as of late.

What makes animal print different this year than in previous seasons is that stylish women are getting more creative with how they incorporate it into their outfits, and designers are using it in ways that make it look more expensive and wearable than ever. Fashion girls are using their sartorial skills to the fullest with leopard, zebra, snake, and tiger prints, opting to make it a focal point of their outfits as opposed to just an accent piece, and even mixing it with other bold prints and colors. Even Anna Wintour was spotted wearing a zebra-print coat this year! Ready to work more animal print into your wardrobe?

Keep scrolling to see tips on how to wear it the modern way, and shop some of our favorite pieces featuring the classic trend!


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Wear it with '90s-inspired accessories.


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Dress up a T-shirt and jeans with an animal-print jacket.


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Dress up a streetwear outfit.


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Pair it with a graphic tee and white shoes.


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Make it the focal point of an all-black outfit.


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Belt an animal-print coat to make it sub for a dress.


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Boldly wear it with red.


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Use it to effortlessly dress up a casual outfit.


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Wear it with ladylike pieces to make it office-appropriate.


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Freshen up your look with a pair of zebra-print shoes.


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Swap basic black shoes for metallic ones.


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Mix different animal prints à la Anna Wintour.


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Tired of jeans and flats? Try leopard pants and flats.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.