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Women seem to have a monopoly on animal print- don’t let them have all the fun. Straight men can wear leopard print, but it takes skill to do it well.
Keep it in small doses
A striking leopard shirt is quite flamboyant- to incorporate animal print into a masculine aesthetic, you have to limit your use of it. You want to look great in animal print, but not over-the-top fabulous.
Printed shirts look stylish with the collar and cuffs protruding from a V-neck jumper- make the look more edgy by choosing an animal print shirt. Only a small part of the shirt will be visible, but it’s enough to show you’re not afraid to set yourself apart with how you dress.
If you’re going to go all-out leopard print, go with printed jeans. While patterned pants are rarely a good idea, an exception can be made for animal print if you can carry it off. This particularly suits guys of a small build- the bigger you are, the more animal print you are wearing, and it gets overwhelming pretty quickly.
Animal print is possibly the loudest print you will ever wear, so keep the rest of your outfit simple with muted colors. Tan leopard print looks fantastic with black or grey, while a black and white zebra print goes well with navy. Be careful of choosing colorful animal prints, because this makes your look twice as attention-grabbing.
Wear it with confidence
The boys from LMFAO work their colorful leopard shorts and manage to look amazing, if only because they think they look good. The trick, as with any outrageous item of clothing, is to commit to it and wear it with confidence. If you’re not sure about what you’re wearing, it’s not going to look good.
Keep it at the clubs
A leopard print item on a man is a bit too ostentatious for everyday life, especially if your style is usually more conservative. But nightclubs are where animal print on men really works. You’ll attract plenty of attention in a pair of leopard print skinny jeans or a zebra print belt. Under the dim lights of a club, animal print will stand out among the dull outfits of other men. Of course, this look only works at venues without a strict dress code.
When leopard print is never okay
Animal print is a polarising topic; you either love it or you hate it. But there are a few items of clothing which nobody should ever want to cover in animal print. Animal print shoes , especially of the faux leather variety, are atrocious and make the wearer look like he thinks he is a pimp. Animal print underwear is also not sexy, if only because of the connotations it has.
Zebra print in particular is associated with pimp style. To avoid that look, keep any jewelry to a minimum and avoid pairing it with the color purple.