Animal print, and leopard print in particular, are perennial style staples. That’s what makes them such great investments as you can wear a leopard print blouse, pair of pumps or coat season after season! Here is some inspiration on how to wear animal print from 25 stylish 40+ women!

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Leopard print may be seen as a print for fall or winter. But, it’s also a stylish option for summer. Here, a pair of leopard print shorts works well with other neutrals.

There’s more inspiration here if you’re heading into summer, or going on vacation, on how to wear leopard print in summer.

Casual animal print style |


A lesson in pattern mixing! Here heritage checks and leopard print, which are both huge trends for fall 2018, are worn together for an unexpected, yet very stylish, look. The outfit is finished with matching brown booties.

There are more ideas here if you’re looking for inspiration on how to mix prints and patterns like an expert.

Plaid blazer with animal print |


Another great look showing how leopard print can be worn for summer. A full-length print is teamed with a round straw bag and matching hat. It’s an outfit that could also be transformed for fall by adding a biker jacket for warmth!

Bohemian chic animal print |


A versatile leopard print dress is worn casually with a jeans jacket and hoop earrings.

Denim Jacket with animal print |


A leopard print skirt is worn as a neutral here; worn with a bright fuschia top. Chicken optional!

Pink with animal print |


You don’t have to go with leopard print! Snakeprint is just as stylish, and also on trend for fall! This dress could be worn any time of year.

Stylish ideas to wear animal print |


Here, a leopard print shirt is teamed with a blue pencil skirt, and matching knee-high boots.

Animal print and 70's inspired look |

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Scarf print dresses are another big trend at the moment. This maxi dress features leopard print and is worn with zebra print boots.

Animal print top looks |


Leopard print pants worn as a casual option, worn with a slogan tee, and sneakers!

Animal print pants |


Another dress which shows that leopard print can be worn in other colors as well as neutral. Here, a green and pink dress is worn with a pink jeans jacket and black tights, along with a black belt.

Bold prints |


A versatile snake print wrap dress is worn for warm weather with neutral accessories, and a pair of oversized sunglasses!

 Ways to wear animal print |


It may usually be worn as a neutral on a background of beige or brown. But leopard print can make an even bolder statement when worn in primary colors.

A red suit provides real impact here. The rest of the color palette is kept simple so the whole outfit is red and black.

Want to know more about Lisa? You can visit her style interview here.

 Bold red animal print outfit idea |

Read more about Lisa’s bold style in her style interview here.


Showing that the size of the print can make a big difference to the way a dress looks. The leopard print dress is left to speak for itself here, with accessories kept simple.

Animal print looks - #40plus inspiration: Ways to wear animal print |


Leopard print doesn’t have to be worn as a dress or shirt! This red leopard print scarf provides a big impact to this outfit. The look also features another big trend – red mixed with pink.

How to wear animal print |


A subtle leopard print midi skirt is paired with black, along with a pop of yellow!

Ways to wear animal print |


Another stylish example of print mixing! Here, an unusual blue leopard print pencil skirt is teamed with subtle polka dots and an over-sized belt.

Animal print skirt - #40plus inspiration: Ways to wear animal print |


Because leopard print usually works as a neutral – unless, of course, it is worn in bolder colors – it can be teamed with other shades. Here, this leopard print shirt dress is worn with yellow pumps.

Animal print dress |


More fabulous pattern mixing! A double-breasted checked blazer is worn along with a pretty pastel leopard print dress. Again accessories are kept simple, with a bangle and hoop earrings finishing off the look.

Plaid with animal print |


Another versatile leopard print piece! This maxi skirt is worn with a pink tee and moto jacket.

 wear animal print |


A transitional look, here this leopard print dress is worn with a white duster jacket, along with a matching headband, and beige booties.

 inspiration: Ways to wear animal print |


Showing just how popular snakeskin midi dresses are just now, this belted style is teamed with large hoop earrings, with red lipstick providing a splash of color.

Dress with snake print - #40plus inspiration: Ways to wear animal print |


Showing another option for a snakeprint dress, here it is paired with a simple black crossbody bag, and on-trend flattop sunglasses. An, of course, a retro VW Campervan!

 #40plus inspiration: Ways to wear animal print |


A fantastic casual option. Here, a leopard print shirt is worn with jeans, with a pop of green adding interest.

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Animal print top - #40plus inspiration |

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Another great casual look featuring a leopard print shirt and jeans, with an on-trend box bag, and a fabulous fuschia house!

 Ways to wear animal print |


A simple, yet stylish, look which could be dressed up or down. Here, a leopard print tee and midi skirt are paired with sandals.

Animal print top - #40plus inspiration: Ways to wear animal print |

How glorious does the lady above look in this fabulous coat with the animal print scarf and wide belt!

Ageless style inspiration: animal print jacket |

This outfit above is so good, I  want to copy it. The animal print jacket blends perfectly with the apple green and printed skirt and makes this such an interesting outfit.

Ageless style inspiration: animal print blouse |

This lady mixes some very interesting colors and textures together resulting in a very stylish and chic outfit.

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