I have been excited to post this blog on how to wear animal print for Autumn, as it is such a huge trend thanks to designers like Dries Van Noten and Gucci. Animal print is set to dominate all key wardrobe pieces like jackets and skirts over the coming months and celebs like Victoria Beckham have already started to rock the trend. Finding the right pieces will be a lot of fun as the high street will interpret plenty of designer looks for the rest of the year, but I am currently loving River Island’s Autumn Winter 2016 collection and the animal print staples they champion. You will want them all.
I opted for a three-quarter length jacket for this look. If you are new to wearing print, then the coat is an easy option, as you can keep the rest of your look pared back. Nudes and black work really well for foundation pieces to wear underneath as well as a good dark denim jean. But of course, I wanted to push the boundaries and I went for a 60s inspired get up. This coat is not what I would call oversize, but it has a more “boxy” shape; so sweaters and light knits will work with it for colder days.
The details are where I have had fun with this look. I love a good slogan tee, and what better word to have on a shirt than “squad”, it’s the instagram hashtag of the year (thanks Taylor). The metallic adds some pow and it reflects the light well. The skirt is one of my favourite pieces for the season; the PVC makes for a change to matte leather that I think we all have already. I reckon this skirt works with the jacket thanks to its tribute to the 60s era without being too literal a translation from the styles worn then.
These boots are everything really, from the patent leather to the marble effect heel, they work with skirts and skinny jeans alike. I did ask myself if the PVC and patent was too much, but no. It shines alright, but the jacket balances everything, and because it’s a bit longer, you get some coverage to wear this during the day.
If you want to get this look, the jacket and t-shirt are in River Island stores now, and the skirt and boots will arrive over the course of the season (so think of this as a sneak peek!).
Photos by Brid O’Donovan, www.bridodonovan.com