City Style: Get This

If you splurge on one thing this month, buy it in ANIMAL PRINT.

Since shedding its outrageous ’80s reputation (think head-to-toe zebra stripes) and costume-party-only ’90s status (the above, plus ears and a tail), animal print has secured a higher place on the fashion food chain. This season’s classic wild-cat designs, plus a jungle of other patterns, will drive even the most mild-mannered dresser to trade staid solids for sexy spots. Flirty cheetah flats, a flashy python bag, or a sophisticated leopard trench will add flair to any wardrobe. But if you need to start small, add a lively accessory—a giraffe-patterned scarf, tiger-striped belt—to an otherwise tame ensemble, and work your way up to something more ferocious. You’ll succumb
to your animal instincts in
no time. Me-ow! —Blythe Copeland

>>Michael Kors leopard-print trench, $2,595, Gretta Luxe (pictured). Also: Prada cheetah-print tote, $1,850, Saks Fifth Avenue. Manolo Blahnik zebra-print flats, $495, Neiman Marcus.