Believe it or not, animal print is back and better than ever!
Some of you might have cringed at that first sentence. That’s understandable since animal print has been a little overdone at some points in history. That’s how it got a bad reputation in the first place.
Then again, that’s how we feel about a lot of various fashion trends throughout the decades. Just think, women used to wear corsets despite the damage they could cause to their internal organs. Plus, we still wear heels when we’re dressing up, no matter how much our feet are screaming by the end of the day.
We’ve tried a little bit of everything through the years. Not just when it came to clothing, but hair and makeup have come a long way as well. Don’t even get me started on tattoos and piercings.
All of these things come together to create our sense of style. It’s a way of expressing ourselves and taking confidence in the way we look.
Our world is continually changing, and fashion is changing with it. When it comes to fashion or general trends, everything has to come back into the spotlight at one point or another. This summer you’re going to find animal print fashion strolling along our beaches. It’s the perfect way to express your primal side while soaking up the sun.
How Animal Print Took the World by Storm
Many people think that animal print fashion started in the past few decades. In reality, it has been around since the beginning of time. We just happen to be most familiar with more recent trends.
Animal print used to mean something entirely different than it does now. Throughout history, people used real animal pelts to show off wealth, class status, and hunting prowess. It was a different world then — one without mass production or concern for these beautiful animals.
Even in 1962, Jackie Kennedy wore a real leopard skin jacket that nearly brought the entire leopard population to its knees.
You see, animal print clothing had been available since the 1950s due to mass production. The problem was that people wanted the real thing. They didn’t want an animal printed fabric knock-off. Not when they could have the real jacket by Oleg Cassini.
Luckily, there were steps taken to diminish the problem, but not before 250,000 leopards died for these coats. Mrs. Kennedy even stopped wearing her jacket for the sake of the animals.
In turn, faux fur and animal print fabrics are playing a pivotal role in saving these precious animals. Not only do they look and seem real, but no animals are becoming endangered in the process of making them.
In time, animal printed fabrics were accepted, and women wore them to show off their sense of style. The world was changing fast. Animal print used to represent classiness and wealth. Today, it represents a confident and sexy woman.
Unfortunately, there is a fine line between sexy and trashy that people rode a little too hard in recent decades. That’s how animal prints got a bad name, although that’s about to change.
Prepare for animal print to make a comeback
Animal print is creeping its way back into the spotlight, but things are going to be a little different this time. Instead of tight-fitting leopard print dresses, lingerie, and mini-skirts, you can find an array of different choices for every type of woman.
Also, we aren’t saying that any of the above options are bad. We only mention them because they are the things that scare women away from the print altogether. Many women think that you have to be a size zero and wear skimpy clothing to pull off leopard print. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth, and it’s time to break free from this ridiculous stereotype.
If you can look and feel like a powerful, independent, and sexy woman by wearing a simple print, why wouldn’t you?
Plus, you can finally do it in a classy and fashionable way. Instead of wearing head-to-toe cheetah print, you can dress it up or down. Use it to add a pop to an outfit, with a leopard print jackets, pants, or blouses.
Animal print bathing suits are probably the most exciting trend of all. In recent years, animal print bathing suits were impossible to find. They just weren’t popular enough to make it to the mainstream.
This year you can find it all, from zebra print bikinis to cheetah print one-pieces, and everything in between. It’s about to get downright ferocious on our beaches this year, and we are so ready for it!
Animal Print Beachwear Is About to Take Your Summer by Storm
You can finally add animal print to your summer collection. It isn’t something we have seen very much of in the past few years.
That has a lot to do with the availability. If it isn’t trending, it’s hard to find. Therefore, we skip over it. We also seem to assume unconsciously that it is only for mature women. At least, that’s what it looks like because they’re the only ones we see wearing it regularly.
2019 is going to be the year of breaking barriers for these prints. You’re going to see women of all ages rocking their best version of animal print. Get ready to find your favorite!
Prowl the beach in an animal print bathing suit
Now, for the star of the show, animal print bathing suits!
First of all, you could keep it traditional with a classic look and realistic prints. The classic styles have neutral colors, so these prints look fantastic on any skin tone.
There are a lot of fun alternatives, as well. Many of these prints come in different colors these days. For instance, when you’re looking at zebra print bathing suits, you will probably find a rainbow of possibilities from deep tones to bright neons.
It just goes to show that online shopping has opened up a whole new world. No matter what you want, you will probably be able to find it online.
With that in mind, I also wanted to mention that you should always get a bathing suit that you’re comfortable in. If you know what print you like, just go online and find it. You don’t have to settle for a skimpy bikini at the store because it was the only thing you could find.
I say this from experience because when I was younger, I was never comfortable in bikinis. When I got older, I got some to fit in with my friends. The problem is, I like to play in the waves and have fun when I’m at the beach without my bottoms falling out or a possible nip-slip.
Remember, the more comfortable you are in your bathing suit, the more confident you’ll be. And let’s face it, there’s nothing sexier than a confident woman.
Use a coverup to keep it classy on the boardwalk
Just imagine it, you’re chilling on the beach reading your favorite book. The sun is starting to set, and you begin to gather up your belongings. All you have to do is throw on your leopard print coverup and tick your book into your bag.
You’ll be able to head off the beach in style — all without trapping a bit of sand in your shorts.
Now that I’ve painted that mental picture for you let’s talk about coverups.
Swimsuit coverups are so much more convenient than we ever give them credit for. They’re the perfect thing to throw on, even if your swimsuit is still wet.
If you throw your shorts on when your bathing suit is still wet, you’re going to look like you peed yourself in about five minutes. No thank you.
You also don’t have just to get the cheap looking coverups from a local superstore. Get something that fits your style. That way, you can wander the boardwalks and explore the local shops looking cuter than ever.
The more beach accessories, the better
While full-on animal print is fun, there are plenty of accessories that can add just the right touch to your beach look.
Whether you’re laying on the sand or exploring the boardwalk, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sun. Any time you spend in the sun calls for protection. After all, the more protection, the merrier.
Your arsenal needs to include sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. If you’re going to add these accessories to your beach outfit, and you should always do it in style.
Animal print sunglasses are super chic, especially if you have an Audrey Hepburn kind of style. In other words, retro sunglasses are even cuter when you add an animal print. Then all you have to do is throw on a tank top, a pair of your cutest shorts, and a pair of any animal print shades. You’ll be giving off movie star vibes for sure.
If you have a hard time finding animal print sunglasses, you could always go bold with an animal print hat. Now, if you are going to wear an animal print sun hat and live your extra life, you might not want to pair it with an entire leopard print outfit.
Trust me. That’s way too extra, and nobody will be able to handle it.
As long as you keep in classy, it’s going to look elegant and amazing. Plus, it shields your gorgeous skin from the sun, which will help you age gracefully. Honestly, there is no better way to pair skin-protection and fashion than an animal print sun hat.
Time to Expand Your Summer Wardrobe
From zebra print beachwear to cheetah print sun hats, we’ve covered it all. The one thing we haven’t gotten to yet are the animal print outfits you could wear all summer long.
Summer is going to involve a lot more than just trips to the beach. You should have the right outfit for any occasion, especially if there’s some nightlife on the boardwalk.
So we wanted to quickly cover how you can take your outfit to the next level with animal print accent pieces.
As we have mentioned before, you probably don’t want to have a full outfit of pure animal print. It might look a little cheap, and we know that’s not what you’re going for. Instead, there are plenty of different ways you can incorporate your favorite patterns into your summer style tastefully.
Animal print accents can take your outfit over the top
There are a few ways you can add animal prints to your summer wardrobe. The first step is figuring out what you’re working with. Are you sticking to classic patterns? Do you prefer colorful prints for more of a party look?
Either way, the main rule is this: Only wear one pattern at a time, and only have one article of clothing in that pattern.
I know, it can seem like a dumb rule when there are literal jumpsuits in different prints. But we’re hoping this will be a big help for those of you who are unsure about trying the patterns. After all, we need to reach out to the timid fashion enthusiasts who are having a hard time breaking out of their shell.
To start, you don’t want to wear a cheetah print shirt with cheetah print pants. It will look way over the top. However, if you swapped out for black pants, you’d be able to pull it off without looking crazy. You could even throw on cheetah print shoes.
The goal is to break up the pattern into bite-sized pieces. That will make all the difference when you’re trying to look gorgeous without going over the top.
Ironically, if you wear a long flowing cheetah print dress with a pair of black shoes and black sunglasses, you’ll be extremely fashionable.
It’s a funny thing to think about because there are so many unspoken rules for fashion. Just remember that animal print is a beautiful addition to any wardrobe. It might be time to give it a try.
Time For Animal Print to Prowl the Beaches Once Again
Animal print has been trapped into its own fashion category for a long time now. It’s something we assume mature or easy women wear. Isn’t that ridiculous?
Wearing animal print clothing and beachwear shouldn’t speak such volumes. It shouldn’t be this thing that defines what kind of woman you are.
Luckily, it’s breaking free from that stereotype entirely because this year it's the hottest trend on the beach.
We live in a world that is always changing, and women are breaking new ground constantly. Instead of worrying about what other people think of us, based on our style choices, we’re doing what we want. And this year we want animal print beachwear.
That means it’s high time for you to get in on this, especially if you have never worn animal prints before. Now is the time because It’s on the market and waiting for you. And if you end up deciding it's not the style for you, good for you! At least you now know, and you don’t have to keep wondering.
So get in touch with your primal side this summer and show all women that animal print is classier now than ever before.
Do you have a favorite animal print piece of summer clothing? Tell us about it!