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How To Make Animal Print Look Chic Not Cheap

It used to be the preserve of busty barmaids, but animal print is a fashion favourite these days. Think Kate Moss in her leopard-print coat, Olivia Palermo in her chic zebra-print mini skirt and Sienna Miller in a sophisticated Burberry shift. The trick is to choose one strong item and build around it with sophisticated separates. Keep an eye on how much bare flesh you pair with your animal-print piece – leg or decolletage but not both. And always choose tailored rather than tight.

When choosing animal print, go for an item that’s understated and unfussy. The print should make the statement. This simple, loose-hanging dress looks so effortless worn with flats. Always keep an eye that the shade of your tan isn’t too close to the colour of your dress.

Leo print dress, €29 at & Other Stories

I’ve featured this coat before, but I’m including it again because I think it’s such a great buy. I love the three-quarter-length sleeves – great for layering – and the jacquard fabric adds texture to the whole look. Paired with boyfriend jeans, this coat is a very chic throw-on.

Jacquard weave coat, Conscious, €40.99 (reduced from €59.99) at H&M

This Christopher Kane skirt is reduced by a massive 70 per cent. I love how it’s been styled so casually with a sweater and flat brogues. It looks anything but tacky.

Leopard-jacquard mini skirt, Christopher Kane, €194 (reduced from €645) at net-a-porter.com

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