The Sunday Sun – 24.09.2006

Animal Crackers!
 

By Claire Briston, The Sunday Sun

 

Laura Lee printed blouse £32, red leopard print T-shirt £16, black shorts £25, black tights £6, necklace £18, all Topshop.

We take a walk on the wild side with animal print this week as we dash back to the high street.

It’s easy to go over the top with animal prints and some people badly replicate that “Bette Lynch” look. So we’ve teamed numerous items together to give a more stylish take on the trend.

Black leggings £18, FCUK. Knit dress £40, Oasis. Gold cardigan £35, Warehouse. Print knit top £30, Red. Reptile skin belt £15, Necklace £12, all at Topshop.

If animal print seems a little daunting at first try something simple like the knit dress from Oasis with a faded print top underneath like the Topshop one pictured.

Reptile skin and animal print belts and accessories are a good way to ease you into the trend too.

There are plenty of belts available in stores to choose from, so whether you opt for the thick red reptile skin belt or the thinner replica zebra skin belt you are bound to stop people in their tracks.

Light Baxter jeans £40, Topshop. Sleeveless polo neck £25, Warehouse. Leopard print coat £95, reptile skin belt £25, brooch £7, ring £12, reptile skin bag £25, all Oasis.

Purses, bags and especially ballet pumps are a step in the right direction also. Wearing a simple plain outfit with a splash of leopard print to the feet just lifts the look and seams together effortlessly. The reptile print Warehouse clutch bags look really swanky, great for a special engagement.

For so long leopard print has been tarnished as “tacky”, however, Laura Lee’s take on the print looks wonderfully flattering. The dress is ultra feminine and sports Laura’s distinctive embroidery, which gives the dress a unique alternative style. Laura Lee’s leopard print autumn collection was designed exclusively for Topshop . . . however the range is limited edition so get to your local store ASAP!

Left-right: Skinny leg trousers £38, orange cardigan £32, charm necklace £14, all Oasis. Laura Lee dress £45, Topshop. Teal belt £14, Warehouse; Tweed pinafore £55, black sleeveless roll neck £25, Warehouse. Leopard print cardigan £35, black tights £6, both Topshop; Leopard print sleeveless top £30. Plum footless tights £6, both Warehouse. Black pencil skirt £40, Oasis. Laura Lee blouse £32. Purple belt £20, both Topshop.

The Oasis leopard print coat is this season’s must have. The jacket is oh so stylish (plus very warm!) and looks great with slim cut jeans and a roll neck jumper underneath. So be brave and go wild this season with a little touch of animal magic!

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