Why We Love Animal Print Partywear

Add a dash of rock 'n' roll glamour to your evening look this winter, with printed pieces that make an impact.
Good times, guaranteed.

Whether you’re scrolling through Instagram, or just glancing around the bus, animal prints - from leopard spots to zebra stripes and slinky snakeskin - are definitely having a moment. And now we’re moving into the festive season, we’ve realised they’re a great place to start for party dressing.  

Think Kate Moss heading to the Groucho in a cheetah print coat. Carine Roitfeld strutting out a Parisian bar in a zebra trench. Shania Twain taking leopard to the next level in the video for That Don’t Impress Me Much (a total tune, may we add).

It’s a little bit rock 'n' roll, a little glam, and pairs very well with black: in other words, it’s a simple shortcut to a party-ready look.  

How? Combine with metallics for extra drama and razzle-dazzle. Maybe add a dash of bold colour (pillar box red with leopard print is like mulled wine with mince pies: made for each other). Channel Blondie and wear with leather leggings for pure rock chic. 

If you’re after something a bit more low-key, snakeskin prints are somewhat subtler; wear it in a blue wash with our Freesia Midi Dress, or in ‘natural’ grey tones with our Harlow Boots. Alternatively, go for a textured all-black leopard print which is less shouty, but still adds a touch of glamour to your look, and mixes up an all-black uniform. (Try our Wrap Devore Dress, or our Tandy Devore Skirt)

A leopard print silk cami, or maxi slip dress, under a leather jacket feels very Emanuelle Alt, but for a really head-turning outfit, we’re unleashing our inner Beyonce/Sasha Fierce with statement animal print wide-leg trousers. Honestly, nothing says ‘let’s hit the dance floor’ like our Costello Printed Trousers

Party season is a time for embracing your inner peacock (or in this case, zebra), after all. See you at the bar.

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