Animal print, particularly of the leopard print variety, is a style staple. Once considered a bit of a faux pas, the territory of cheap, or Bet Lynch and Tarzan loincloths, it is now almost considered a neutral, and something that pretty much every woman will have in her wardrobe, whether that be in the form of a dress or coat, or in the form of an accessory such as shoes or a scarf. It is ubiquitous, the print there is no escape from.
It is also multi seasonal. It looks great in Summer with a tan and black sandals, but also works well in Winter as a full length coat, or as a knitted animal print dress, or a skirt worn with a simple black polo neck. It is also transitional, which is why it is a great choice for Spring, and may be the reason why there are currently so many animal print pieces in store at H&M.
I took a wander around their Wolverhampton Mander Centre store earlier this week, and fell in love with so many of the animal print pieces, which ranged from shirt style dresses, to this seasons must have animal print tote bag. Bodysuits and shirts that will look great with trousers are also there, and for those who only want a touch of print, the thinner Summer scarfs are just lovely.
My favourite piece (and one that ended up in my shopping basket) is the oversized shirt dress. This does run very big, I would normally wear large in H&M, but got this in a medium and it fits really well. It looks great worn casually with trainers, but I would love this with a black spiked stiletto heel too.
I tried another dress on, a shorter version that was currently in the mid season sale, but found it to be too short and loose for me. I do like the short sleeved tunic featured below, so may head back to try on that one.
To view all H&M animal print, click here.