Few trends reach as viral a level as the leopard midi skirt has. Yet, no matter how many versions of the silky style have been spotted this past spring and summer, animal print remains a notoriously tricky motif to style in an effortless, modern way. But rest assured, it’s a fashion feat that’s attainable for even the print-averse. The three looks below demonstrate how to style the latest wildlife-inspired pieces with the help of a brand that’s championed them well before they became a meme: Banana Republic.
With a history of offering safari-inspired patterns that dates back to the ’70s, the brand’s latest iterations make timeless leopard and zebra feel fresh. Here, these must-have prints take center stage in outfits that are balanced with bright color and welcome cozy outerwear and knits back into our lives. (Ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about cooler weather). Plus, no need to worry about being late to the party — there’s not a leopard midi in sight.
The Zebra Skirt
Big-cat midis can have the warmer months. Fall calls for a zebra-printed statement piece paired with a classic moto jacket and turtleneck. Add polish with rich-looking knee-high boots and a classic bold earring. The result is a look that’s ready for the office and whatever your plans are after.
2. Gianna Earrings, $120 at Laura Lombardi; 3. Vegan Suede Moto Jacket, $179 at Banana Republic; 4. Gianvito Rossi Laura 85 Leather Knee Boots, $1,625 at Net-a-Porter; 5. Fitted Turtleneck Sweater Top, $69.50 at Banana Republic
The Leopard Coat
Give your jeans-and-tee look an autumnal upgrade with a bright knit shirt, a sophisticated shoe, and minimal accessories. A bold leopard coat completes the ensemble in a way that complements versus competes with the rest of it.
2. Rupert Sanderon Misty Slingback Pumps, $512, at Farfetch; 3. Medea Prima Short Small Leather Tote, $475 at Net-a-Porter; 4. Italian Merino-Blend Crew-Neck Sweater, $69.50 at Banana Republic; 5. High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jeans, $98.50 at Banana Republic
The Zebra Blouse
Layer a zebra-print top under a sleek jumpsuit for an unexpected flash of visual interest. Then break up the black-and-white palette with colorful accessories like a structured, croc-texture handbag and a geometric-pattern scarf tied around your neck or ponytail.
2. Vegan Suede Wide Leg Jumpsuit, $149 at Banana Republic; 3. Stripe Square Scarf, $25 at Banana Republic; 4. Tani, $350 at Loeffler Randall; 5. Veja Esplar Leather 3-Lock Sneaker, $135 at Need Supply Co.
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