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Autumn Winter 16 Trends: Animal Print

If you haven't embraced animal print yet, this is the season to do it! Celebrity Stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones shows you how......



Every Autumn/Winter we see an element of animal print coming through, in coats and faux furs, but this season it's literally on anything and everything so if you haven't embraced a spot of print, splash out on animal now as this is the season to do it. Here are some key items.

Print Bomber Jacket

Starting off with this bomber jacket. The bomber is one of the key shapes for Autumn/Winter in terms of jackets. They are everywhere, and they are embellished with great textures and prints which gives it a bit of sports-like feel but also upgrades it to a an evening feel, so dresses up that pair of jeans, giving you a different option from your classic black jacket, and also taking animal print away from the real classic animal print coloured tones. So, a little more interesting, a little more exciting, perhaps a little more grown up for people who like animal print but are always a bit nervous about embracing something that can look a little mutton dressed as lamb.

Gold Faux Leather Skirt

Here is a gold, faux leather skirt with black animal print all over it, it's a real show-stopper to have in your Autumn/Winter wardrobe, but you can also tame it down by layering with a black polo neck and black knee-high boots to tone it down a bit or sex it up with a really great black evening bodysuit with a plunging neck line. So, day or night depending on how brave you are but how you style it will really depend on how much wear you get out of an animal print piece like this.

Animal Print Dress

Here's a very classic animal print dress. It probably doesn't look like much on the hanger but it has a really fabulous shape and draping to it and it's something you need to try to get a feel to how good it could really look on you. I'm loving the cut out on the neck line and the real fitting around the waist line. Again, think about styling an item like this, it doesn't just have to be overkill animal print - layer it under a cream blazer, or a black jacket, perhaps belting it, think about what boots you wear with it, wearing a scarf with it, just things that distract you from the animal print but still make it quite a versatile and flattering piece to have in your wardrobe.

Animal Print Knit

Another great way to nod to the trend is with this great, knit top from Warehouse in this black and white monochrome animal print. Incredibly flattering, something that anyone can wear, great for disguising lumps and bumps and I think that's the great thing about a print, particularly an animal print, is that it is literally the master of disguise. But again, you can layer this over a shirt, you can wear it on its own and it's just a really fabulous print or piece to have in your wardrobe for Autumn/Winter, upgrades it on the trend but something you can easily incorporate into your already classic and versatile Autumn/Winter wardrobe.

Definitely worth embracing a little bit of animal this season, whether it's on trousers, skirts or tops, just go for it. You may never look back. For top style advice on trends and outfits to work for your body shape, budget and lifestyle try our personal styling services.


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