Leopard print not lighting your fire? Don't worry: we got you.
If your style is more inclined to lean towards understated minimalism - rather than all-out Kat Slater in "Eastenders" vibes - then leopard, cow, snake, and zebra print may just put hairs on the back of your neck.
This aversion to the look-at-me nature of animal print won't be helped by the fact that everywhere from the high street to your social media feed is currently bombarded by wildlife-inspired looks.
For some, leopard print is essentially considered a neutral in their wardrobes - a veritable way of life as radio DJ Louise McSharry recently put it.
In the midst of this leopard print trend, please spare a thought for those of us who never stopped wearing it, for whom leopard print is a neutral, a lifestyle, a state of being.— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) August 23, 2018
Yet what if you're firmly in the other camp: the leopard loathers, we'll call them for now. Animal print isn't always the best fit for the shrinking violets in our midst - but don't worry, we've come up with some solutions for you to indulge in in the interim.
Part assassin, part vamp, and a dash of biker babe; a leather dress is one sure-fire way to make a statement. Stray slightly from the body-con black PVC numbers of yore and opt for an emerald green, butterscotch, or gold leather frock (à la Alexander McQueen, Tod's, and Irish designers Caroline and Nicola Kilkenny, respectively) to keep it current.
Leather Mini Dress, €2,700, Calvin Klein
Pen Dress, €226, Sisters by CK
Make like Olivier Rousteing's lustrous Balmain army or Giorgio Armani's ladies bedecked in lamé. Granted, shining shimmering fabrics ain't necessarily for the faint hearted either: but a tasteful futuristic fashion moment is always welcome.
Paula Sequin Skirt, €340, Cinq a Sept
Not least at Chanel - where tweed is essentially a given by now - multiple designers had a cosy, nostalgic fling with this heritage fabric. Miu Miu, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs offered supersize tweed and bouclé coats that made us *almost* consider looking forward to colder, darker days this A/W season.
Blue Tweed Double Breasted Jacket, €114, River Island
Wait, you didn't think the whole Studio 54/1970's disco-era throwback that's apparent this season would be complete without some slinky silk did you? Fear not: Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, and Moschino all came through. Shimmy your way onto the dance floor, or indeed anywhere, in a sensuously-draped number and guarantee your title as Queen of the Night. When Donna Summer said she was lookin' for some hot stuff, she meant you.
Bluebell Silk Dress, €379, Rixo London
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