When we did our forecasts for all the top fashion and beauty trends to keep an eye out for in 2019, there was brief mention of how animal print will fully cement its spot in the world of fashion this year.

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And it sure has. From the snakeskin ensemble that our influencers and local celebrities took a keen liking to earlier this year, to the burgeoning cow hyde trend, all the way to Kim K's archival Azzedine Alaïa one-pieces, everyone has become an animal-lover in the most unapologetic way. 

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When luxury labels ditched real fur, faux fur gained a major retail moment. Then several brands did away with the use of exotic skins and animal print received the biggest embrace from the fashion industry. So it seems fashion is slowly going vegan, and PETA is shaking!

READ MORE: Chanel has banned the use of exotic skins on all their products - why this matters 

So with leopard, snake and zebra print items flying off the rails, Instagram has seen an influx of well-considered head-to-toe ensembles worn by fashion enthusiasts both locally and internationally. 

But today's style inspiration comes particularly from one of our feline friends from the Big Five, the leopard and her wildlife pal, the zebra.

Leopard

When changing your spots is just not an option.

You can opt for a look with three separates in the same print.

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Very understated and subtle flight #ootd today ??

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Mix it up like Melody and Tiffany.

Or go for one standout item like Giovanna & co.

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Got to the office early this morning.

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animal print is all the rage

Zebra

All the outfit inspo you need to turn heads as you cross pedestrian walkways in the town of Bedrock.

Time to shop:

This H&M Studio zebra print strappy dress will still work in the chillier seasons if you layer it well with either a turtleneck or an overcoat in the same print (hi, Rich Mnisi). R1499 at H&M Sandton.

animal print is all the rage

An animal print blazer you might want to coordinate with a different animal print. R259.99 to R289.99 at MRP

animal print essentials

All you need is a pair of stockings and a dramatic coat, come winter. R679 at ZARA

animal print is having a moment


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