Into the Wild

From a leopard maillot to zebra-print shoes, it's time to embrace the animal inside you. Here, a round-up of the best pieces to buy now and wear all summer in an assortment of motifs inspired by our furry friends.

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First things first: Just like nautical stripes and florals, animal prints are always in style in our book. Fashion's street-style mainstays, including stylist Christene Centenera, are always down to incorporate a bit of a wild pattern into their look: it's all about how you wear the motifs, whether it's leopard, zebra, or tiger.

Lian Galliard at London Womens Fashion Week autumn/winter 2013. Photograph courtesy of Kirstin Sinclair/Getty images
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So how exactly should you wear them this summer? If pattern in general is something that scares you, start out small. Accent an all-black look with a pop of leopard, be it a simple espadrille from Saint Laurent or J.Crew's classic cross-body bag. The more experimental dressers may opt for a daring mix 'n' match type situation, say a spotted swimsuit and a zebra-print sarong from our favorite high street labels. And if you fall somewhere in between, choose one standout piece to be the center of your outfit. Our eyes are on Pierre Balmain's moto jacket and the pussy-bow blouse from Kate Moss's new collection for Equipment.

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Shop them all—and more, below.

Animal Print Color Block Jumper, $95, topshop.com.
Leonard 2 Sunglasses by Illesteva, $325, matchesfashion.com.
Zebra Printed Biker Backpack, $225, marcjacobs.com.
Taygete Calf Hair Sandals by Ancient Greek Sandals, $225, mytheresa.com.
Zebra-Print Denim Biker Jacket by Pierre Balmain, $255, theoutnet.com.
Patchwork Leopard-Print Calf Hair Clutch by Clare V, $245, netaporter.com.
Jaguar-Print T-Shirt by Givenchy, $408, matchesfashion.com
Mizaru Sunglasses by Zanzan, $253, matchesfashion.com.
Slim Signature Leopard-Print Washed-Silk Shirt by Kate Moss for Equipment, $300, netaporter.com.
Leopard Print Jogger, $58, topshop.com.
Patterned Sarong, $13, hm.com.
Leopard-Print Brushed-Suede Espadrilles by Saint Laurent, $475, netaporter.com.
Marlo Crossbody Bag in Leopard, $90, jcrew.com.
Java Zebra Sling-Back Mid Shoes, $80, topshop.com.

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