Literal Animal Prints (They’ll Thrive in Your Wardrobe)

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Literal Animal Prints (They’ll Thrive in Your Wardrobe)

Just when you thought the cast of Jersey Shore had ruined animal prints for the rest of us, the wonderful world of fashion came up with another way to pay homage to some of Mother Nature’s best work. Literal animal prints are designs that use the full animal rather than just the patterns of their skin. This trend ranges from kitschy to classy and everything in between. Flip through our favorite picks to find something that suits your wild side.


Sugarhill Boutique Flamingo Print Dress



This dress is as cute and eclectic as the flamingo itself. We're in love with the detailing on this printed frock: the lattice back, the alternating pattern, and the ombré birds. The best part? Unlike the plastic yard variety, these flamingos look great anywhere.


Topshop Elephant Print Joggers



Elephants are known for their excellent memory, so it's only fitting that you make a memorable outfit out of these loose-fiting casual pants. We suggest pairing them with a white tank and your favorite heels.


BDG Graphic Tiger-Print Crewneck



This top gives a whole new meaning to the concept of tiger stripes. The subtle print would work great underneath a blazer or tucked into a pair of cigarette pants.


Paul & Joe Sister Bear Print Dress



Our favorite thing about this dress is that the cutesy animal-print is hard to notice unless you're up close. The colors and cut make it flexible enough for work or a weekend away. No matter where you're headed, you'll be looking bear-y good.


Topshop Safari Zoo Print Pinafore Playsuit



Go on safari without putting yourself or your bank account in immediate danger. This playsuit is a super trendy way to rock the animal trend without taking yourself too seriously.


Ditto Misty Short in Love Birds Print



A little birdy told me you'll look great in these cut-off shorts. White denim has come back better than ever this season, and this neon parakeet-print version will have you sporting three of the hottest trends at once.


Topshop Sketch Lion Print Underwear



The all-over lion print isn't the only thing cheeky about these bright blue undies. Just because it's hidden doesn't mean it should be boring.


Piamita Geometric Cat Print Pajama Top



This animal print is the cat's pajamas. No, seriously. These are cat-print pajamas, and the top alone will set you back $260. If you're a well-to-do cat enthusiast, or you simply can't resist Piamita's luxury silk nightwear, we say go for it.


Equipment Zebra-Print Blouse



Finally, a zebra pattern that has not been splashed on everything from phone covers to pillowcases. If you thought it was time to retire all items inspired by the black-and-white equids, think again.


Mossimo High-Low Button-Front Top in Grey Rabbit



We love the sheer material and tiny rabbit print on this peplum button-up top. Wear it with a pair of mint skinnies to bring out the subtle pastel pattern.