20 Wild and Animal-Inspired Spring Picks

Indulge your animal attraction with all sorts of exotic prints, textures and patterns

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Crop Up

Subdued tones keep python print from turning tacky. Pair it with a neutral blouse to pin down the effortless-yet-incredibly-chic vibe.


Gerard Darel pants, $235; bloomingdales.com

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Spot On

Leopard spots put a playful spin on the classic structured blazer. Wear it over an LBD for cocktails at seven (or four...we won't tell).


Zara blazer, $90; zara.com

Courtesy of Zara

Into the Wild

Uninspired dress code at the office? Work around it with a snake-print shell; worn with pants and a blazer, it only implies sexiness (as opposed to exuding it).


LOFT shell, $40; loft.com

Courtesy of LOFT

Step Right Up

Meet your new weekend shoe: leopard print gives a spot of old-world elegance to even a basic tee-and-denim ensemble. Plus, the pointed toe is a little retro, but always in style.


J.Crew flats, $158; jcrew.com

Courtesy of J.Crew

Smooth Moves

This versatile tank features tummy control for a slimming effect, and the print looks sweet when peeking out from beneath a cardigan. Bonus: it doubles as a workout top.


Flexees by Maidenform tank, $29; maidenform.com

Courtesy of Maidenform

Show Your Stripes

With just the right amount of whimsy, this zebra bangle adds charm to an armful of jewelry.


Bauble Bar bangle, $26; baublebar.com

Courtesy of BaubleBar

Cat Eye

Step aside, tortoiseshell. Leopard print has attitude on an oversized pair of sunglasses. You'll be tempted to call everyone "dahling" and don a silk head wrap.


Kate Spade sunglasses, $128; katespade.com

Courtesy of Kate Spade

Wild, Wild Wrist

Take the guesswork out of stacking bangles with complementary animal-print bracelets. The rhinestone style adds a bit of sophistication.


Sabine bangle set, $34; piperlime.com

Courtesy of Piperlime

Play Ostrich

We'll always love python, but an ostrich-embossed satchel is an unexpected and elegant twist on texture. The tan leather is especially versatile.


Rebecca Minkoff satchel, $550; rebeccaminkoff.com

Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

Getting Waisted

When you need to freshen up that LBD, there's no faster way than with a snakeskin belt. Plus, the cumberbund style is a cheeky nod to menswear.


Elegantly Waisted belt, $50; shopbop.com

Courtesy of Shopbop

Color Code

Two trends are better than one, and so it goes for animal print and color blocking. Black and bold red work to complement the animal print, not take away from it.


Calvin Klein dress, $130; macys.com

Courtesy of Macy's

Off the Cuff

The darker tone of this snake-embossed cuff gives it an earthy bohemian vibe. Wear it with gold jewelry for a striking look.


Michael Kors cuff, $115; shopbop.com

Courtesy of Shopbop

It's a Wrap

Snake print gets an extra dose of class in the form of a timeless, über-flattering wrap dress. Pair it with red pumps for a sultry, extra-confident look.


Diane Von Furstenberg dress, $345; dvf.com

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

Skirting Around

Leopard print isn't known for its subtlty, but this sophisticated pattern is as subdued as it gets. Pair it with a bright blouse for extra unexpected pop.


BCBG skirt, $198; bcbg.com

Courtesy of BCBG

Wild About Python

A classic shape and earthy colors ground the inherent sexiness of python. It's roomy enough to fit a laptop but not so large that your keys get lost inside of it.


Furla tote, $498; nordstrom.com

Courtesy of Nordstrom

The Cat's Meow

This bra is all about comfort: the molded cups contour to all bust sizes (even those that are in-between) and eliminate the need for underwire. It may be a classic t-shirt bra, but the rose-hued leopard print adds sass.


Maidenform bra, $36; barenecessities.com

Courtesy of Bare Necessities

A Touch of Lace

Put away the flannel and don a pretty camisole for warmer spring nights. The lace edging and sweetheart neckline keep cheetah print from getting too come-hither.


Eberyjay camisole, $69; eberjey.com

Courtesy of Eberjey

Make a Splash

Get vampy at the beach without sending out a cougar vibe in a one-piece swimsuit. This number provides coverage, and the flattering neckline balances a curvier figure.


Michael Kors swimsuit, $353; saksfifthavenue.com

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Birds of a Feather

Remember that momentary, youth-skewed trend of feather earrings? Take advantage of their grown-up (and fad-lasting) counterpart in lucite and art deco-inspired crystals.


Alexis Bittar earrings, $225; alexisbittar.com

Courtesy of Alexis Bittar

Jungle Fever

Quirky, large-scale zebra stripes are suddenly chic in the form of a classic sheath dress. The lack of excessive detail and strategic panelling around the waist make this a win-win.


MICHAEL Michael Kors dress, $150; piperlime.com


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First Published Thu, 2012-03-15 11:59

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