Move Over, Leopard: *This* Animal Print Is the New King of the Wild

You’ve mastered wearing leopard print without veering into Fran Drescher territory and sporting snakeskin like a street-style star. Next up? Zebra. This black-and-white pattern has been giving other animal prints a run for their money, and we’re willing to bet it won’t go back into hiding any time soon. Here, six fabulous ways to rock the stripes.

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Start With Accessories

The best way to dip a toe into the trend is by stepping into a pair of safari-inspired shoes. Top-handle bags, silk scarves or wide headbands are all equally easy ways to test it out.

Get the look: Stradivarius boots ($63); Express slides ($70); ASOS heels ($95); River Island boots ($130); Jennifer Chamandi flats ($330); Barneys New York heels ($395)

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Stick To A Color Theme

Go all in on the two-tone theme of the print and stick to simple black or white staples.

Get the look: Topshop top ($35); Eloquii top ($80); Karen Millen top ($85); Anine Bing top ($229); Rixo top ($375)

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Swap Out Your Jeans

Casual chambray, brown suede or a crisp white tee will all look just as good with zebra print as your go-to denim, but it offers a more interesting palette perfect for spring and summer.

Get the look: Missguided skirt ($18); Nasty Gal skirt ($20); & Other Stories skirt ($89); Ginger & Smart skirt ($336); Zimmermann skirt ($440)

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Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Patterns

Let’s be honest, zebra print isn’t exactly subtle. Avoid creating a look that’s too busy by choosing small-scale prints that come in fewer than three colors. Save your bold rainbow-hued florals for another day.

Get the look: NA-KD pants ($48); ASOS jeans ($56); Ganni pants ($160); Frame jeans ($225); MSGM pants ($397)

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Think Outside The Black-and-white Box

Brown stripes are just as versatile, but totally unnatural shades like red or purple can also be a super-fun way to turn up the volume on an outfit. Either way, keep the other elements of your look simple and solid in color so as not to overwhelm your frame.

Get the look: Eloquii skirt ($70); Tommy Bahama dress ($135); Ganni pants ($160); Isabel Marant Étoile pants ($165); Rixo skirt ($340); McQ Alexander McQueen dress ($385)

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Go Big Or Go Home

Feel like you’re ready for the big leagues? Give this trendy print a true spotlight moment with a bold coat, midi dress or even a zebra jumpsuit. Go wild.

Get the look: Topshop coat ($55); Nasty Gal coat ($60); NA-KD coat ($72); Mango coat ($100)

Abby Hepworth


Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...
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