5 Stylish Ways to Incorporate Animal Print into Your Work Wardrobe - Alterre

5 Stylish Ways to Incorporate Animal Print into Your Work Wardrobe

Contributer: Harmony Richards


As fashion designers, we’re always pushing the boundaries of what attire is work appropriate. Polkadot button ups anyone? Yes, please. Animal print, however, is one of the few patterns that can feel like a neutral when styled the right way. It doesn't need to be overly flashy or Here are five different ways to add something wild into the workplace.

1. In a Top:
For a chic and professional look, wear a low-contrast animal print camisole under a structured blazer. Brands like AllSaints offer leopard print camis that strike the perfect balance. This combination not only exudes confidence but also allows for a quick transition into a stylish date night look, as demonstrated by fashion blogger Jo Lynne Shane.

Jo Lynne Shane showcasing a date night outfit with an animal print camisole.

2. Slip Dress:
A slip dress is the ultimate versatile wardrobe essential. For a more casual workday, pair a slip dress under an oversized sweater. On days when you need a touch of sophistication, layer it over a structured button-up shirt or belt it under a blazer. The slip dress adapts effortlessly to various office dress codes.


3. Accessories:
Sometimes, subtlety is key when it comes to incorporating animal print into your work attire. Consider subtle accessories like eyeglasses or a cuff like this Kate Spade version in a tortoiseshell pattern. You can also add a touch of the wild with a stylish animal print scarf. These small touches will elevate your work look without overwhelming it.

4. Handbags:
A fashionable handbag can be a wonderful way to wear animal print to work on those days you'd rather not wear it all day.  The right animal print handbag can be both functional and stylish like this thrifted Gucci bag.

A cropped image of a woman wearing an animal print cross body bag. She also has highwaisted dark teal trousers and a cinnamon colored top.

Fashion inspiration for a bold fall friendly work outfit.

5. Shoes:
Animal print shoes are a fantastic choice for adding a touch of the wild to your work wardrobe. They can look especially sharp when paired with just one additional animal print accessory, like a cuff or a handbag. This style pairing adds a coordinated and stylish edge to your professional attire.  At Alterre, we have various work friendly animal print shoes depending on your dress code.  Our personal year round favorite and bestseller is the Doe Slide.  It looks especially charming with our new Doe Elsie.

Doe Slide + Elsie

Incorporating animal print into your work attire is all about balance and confidence. By using these five creative approaches, you can embrace your wild side while maintaining a polished and professional appearance in the workplace. Don't be afraid to experiment and find the style that suits you best!

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