Animal print IS a neutral

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

… a classic print if you’re bold enough to believe so!

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I’ve always loved anything animal print (except underwear. I just can’t go there).

And I fondly remember being 18 and walking into a shop and seeing a silk animal print dress on the hanger. I looked at it like it was straight from the pages of Vogue magazine. And with my minimal funds as an 18 year old, it might as well been.

Having a subscription to Vogue magazine from age 14 may have had something to do with it. I’d race home from school on days when I knew the next issue would be out. And I’d spend hours trawling through the pages and absorbing all the styling and fashion advice.

It made me see fashion as self-expression and that it’s okay to break the rules. And, to see animal print as a neutral – it matches everything (if you’re bold enough to believe it!)

Feeling chuffed with my new wardrobe stable I had to make its first appearance a special one, so naturally, I wore it to the East Maitland bowlo.

I stood out in a sea of pastel fabric Supre belts and singlet lace tops from Jay Jays (you know the ones), but I didn’t care.

As far as I was concerned, I was wearing the equivalent of a LBD. I guess a little bolder, but nevertheless a classic piece in my eyes.

And 10 years later, animal print was and always will be, considered a neutral.

Think about it, the colour palette is as neutral as it possibly could be. Black, shades of taupe and white.

And if you struggle to wear colour and people comment that you dress like you’re attending a funeral (I’m holding my guilty hand up) a pop of animal print will keep all inappropriate wardrobe commentary at bay.

Whether it’s an animal print shoe or the most ostentatious dress you can find, I believe animal print can easily be considered a classic staple piece in any wardrobe.

Leopard print thongs though are not included.


Images by the amazingly talented Alex Jack

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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