15 tips to look sophisticated in animal prints

Snake Print Over 40
Snake print fall lace-up booties worn with gray tights to elongate the legs paired with an eShakti motorcycle dress for an ageless style in fall/winter (all own)

Signature clothes of the decades

The 50s are known for the wide skirts, the 60s for the Mod, the 70s for the Bohemian style, flared legs, tie-dye T-shirts, the 80s for the wide shoulders and long jackets, the 90s for black everything and jeans with crotches hanging at the knees and exposing the Y, the 00s for the empire-style tops that looked like one were pregnant. Do I have to say that I did not like them? The 10s probably will be known for the leopard print everything.

mature woman wearing animal print
Snake print fall booties with GNW tights and eShakti dress (all own)

Ageless Style in animal print

How to look sophisticated in animal prints without looking like one wants to feature the animal for Halloween is a challenge at any age. But the older one gets, the more urgent it is to get it right. Here I want to share what I found that works and what does not.

snake print fall booties
Side view of eShakti dress with GNW tights and snake print booties (all own)

Animal print looks that work in fashion over 40

  1. Animal prints should be in the colors (or close to the colors) of the animal’s fur or skin so you can treat the animal print as a neutral.
  2. Only one animal print and item per outfit unless your style is Eclectic Posh.
  3. Animal print requires tailored clean, sleek and simple cuts like a shirt dress, a pencil skirt, cardigan. Style them like you style your neutrals (see OOTD).
  4. Animal print scarves, pumps, clutches, totes, satchels are great bets.
  5. Wearing animal print with pieces that harmonize with the print rather than compete with it is a safe bet.
  6. Leopard print with red is a classic.
  7. Try leopard print with spots larger than the floral print that picks up at least three colors of the leopard print. It may or may not work. Read risky!

Inspirations with animal prints in fashion over 40

Below you can find some inspirations for how to style animal print over 40.

midlife woman in leopard and floral print GNW leopard print sweater worn as top over eShakti floral print dress with H-belt, Michael Kors plateau sandals, Jaeger tote (all own) and wooden watch c/o Jord shown as an example for mixing animal print with floral

over 50 woman wearing leopard print pumps Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, Aldo leopard print pony hair pumps Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer. Leopard print pumps are a classic

over 40 woman wearing a giraffe print I.N.C. chocolate brown leather pants with knitwit giraffe print sweater, layering top, statement necklace and Clarks booties (all own)

mature stylish woman with leopard print scarf Chocolate brown I.N.C. leather pants, GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater accessorized with thrifted leopard print silk scarf, and booties (all own)

over 50 woman doning leopard patterned tight Oliveo long leather skirt with GNW Luxe cashmere wool sweater, GNW leopard print tights, Nine West plateau heeled loafers, and Hermes bangles (all own)

over 40 woman in snake print pants Sienna Studio snake print leather pants with GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, Moda silk cashmere cardigan, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, peridot beads and pearl necklace (all own)

mature lady in zebra print GNW zebra print cardigan worn as top with white Newports News leather pants, Jake’s hounds-tooth blazer, Ivanka Trump pumps, Moschino belt, and 3.1 Philip Lim tote (all own)

midlife woman layering a leopard print GNW leopard print cardigan layered under Ann Taylor cashmere sweater over Sienna Studio leather pencil skirt with Harley Davidson booties (all own)

What doesn’t work for ageless style in animal pattern

  1. Animal prints from head to toe
  2. Different animal prints in one outfit
  3. Animal prints in colors that are far away from the actual animal’s fur or skin colors
  4. Tight, short, and shiny leopard dresses, skirts or tops
  5. Baggy clothes with animal print
  6. Ruffles, embroidery, sequins, lace and animal print all together in one outfit
  7. Ruffle animal print tops or tired animal print skirts
  8. Animal print patchwork in bags or leather jackets

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Do you want to read more about Ageless style? Previous issues of the Ageless Style series covered

advanced style outfit with snake print booties
Gray duster coat with gray snake print booties and tights for a sophisticated look (all own)

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