12 Outfits That Prove Zebra Print Is Not a Scary Trend

If someone told me one year ago that I would be ALL about zebra print for fall 2019, I wouldn’t have believed it. After all, my style has always erred on the simpler side, with me preferring basics to statement items, but here we are. I’ve been buying zebra pieces, I wore the print a handful of times during NYFW, and now I’m trying to convince you that it’s really not as scary as it sounds. I actually mean it!

While the idea of dressing in zebra—and tiger because, honestly, who can tell the difference?—can, at first, evoke intense ’80s flashbacks for some, the clothing and accessories that are out now are a far cry from the "wild” leggings and windbreakers of years past. In fact, they can be quite chic and classic-looking when done right, and the below outfits are definitely examples of that. To see how 12 people (including myself) pulled off the trend and shop my zebra picks for fall along the way, just keep scrolling.


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Who would have guessed that a zebra sweater, metallic pants, and glitter pumps could look so normal together? 


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A printed button-down will always look great with simple pants and a neutral shoulder bag.


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Khaite's Zebra boots, seen here styled with simple basics on Caroline Daur, are among of my favorite accessories of the season.


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Guess who! I rejected all impulses to style this skirt with a simple black or white T-shirt during NYFW and instead opted for this bright pink cardigan. I think it worked?


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In more zebra-and-pink news, a printed belt is a perfect way to add a little excitement to any outfit. You'll also find the accessory useful for styling over basic black coats for fall.


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While this looks like it might be a vest over a blazer, you can achieve a similar effect by throwing a zebra-print sweater over your shoulders. 


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I'm taking notes of this zebra dress, blazer, and boot combo.


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All the proof you need that two zebra prints are better than one.


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Consider this styling trick a baby step into the world of wearing zebra print.


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Leave it to Gilda Ambrosio to pair her zebra sweater with snake-print pants and look amazing.


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An animal-print accessory can go a long way when it comes to spicing up your fall and winter wardrobes. 


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Further proof that sometimes, the more animal print the better.

Up next: Six trends NYC girls are actually wearing right now—zebra print included.


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.