Why we're inviting snake, leopard and zebra prints onto our swimwear, footwear, clothing and accessories
By Lindo Buthelezi
Wild animal prints have faded in and out of fashion over the decades. However, when they do resurface on the trend radar it's nearly impossible to ignore them. Designed to assist animals in blending into their surroundings, studies in fashion show that women have been drawn to wild animal prints for the opposite reason.
There's simply no better time than now to ditch the safety of neutral clothing, or even delicate florals, to fully embrace the high risk that comes with jungle prints.
Due to the success rate of animal prints over time, it's safe to declare that you, me and everyone we know is in safe hands when it comes to these summer faves. Take your pick from swimwear, footwear, clothing and accessories in everything from monochromatic zebra stripes to snake skin in every shade and leopard print in all its glory. There's a suitable print for everyone, so get summer ready with inspiration from local Instagram queens who show us how effortless it is to work this summer's best prints.
Take the wild to the pool…
Show off your wildest prints at the beach, poolside or wherever else you choose to go. Double up on that costume (whether it's snake or leopard) and treat it as a new addition to your collection of summer tops. Complete the look with your favourite denims and matching accessories for the ultimate finish.
Shop from the hottest selection of untamed one pieces, bikinis or head turning, sleeved three piece suits.
Double up on colour
According to some, the switch from couch florals to animal prints doesn't have to be without colour. In fact, Bonang Matheba and Sarah Langa serve as proof that an infusion of the brightest tones makes for the best looks. Keep it fresh in intense citrus shades, make the most of the festive mood with tone-on-tone co-ords or keep it relaxed in free flowing and flared fits.
Suited for each other
When it comes to exotic prints, more is more and they always work better together. This season, mix and match your prints and shades from your head to the finer details on your toes.
Set your own rules and embrace a full printed attire with affordable matching accessories for every look.