Inspiration: how to wear the animal print trend without looking like everyone else

There will not be a single person in London - fashion lover or not - who would not have noticed that animal print, leopard in particular, is trending this year. There are at least 5 leopard print skirts in every tube carriage I enter. The internet is awash with bloggers wearing different versions of it. Clothes brands aimed at every generation of women are offering it in great quantities. Whilst leopards are going extinct in the wild, they certainly are multiplying in the city.

Although I personally have never been a big fan of the look, I wholly sympathise with the Stylist journalist who has been wearing leopard print as her signature look forever, and is now feeling like her trademark has been violated. [Not to mention that if she continues wearing leopard, she will also have to endure the trend going out of fashion and herself looking 'dated' for a while, before it becomes a unique style statement again.]

We are not even through autumn yet, and A/W's animal print is already starting to be too much.

So, what to do if you do like the look, but want to avoid being the carbon copy of every woman in the city?

1. Leopard print is clearly the key trend but there are other animal prints around that you could try: snake, zebra, giraffe, tiger, etc.

Warehouse zebra print dress:

Giambattista Valli giraffe print dress:

Topshop snake print dress:

2. The trend is most obvious when it comes to dresses and skirts, so you could look for less frequent items in animal print: blouses, tops, trousers...

The Kooples leopard print blouse:

& Other Stories blouse:

Whistles tiger print top:

Anthropologie leopard skinny jeans:

SilkFred snakeskin kimono:

3. The key colours for leopard print at the moment are the classic version and red/black. You can however find it in more creative colourways too.

Zara khaki and black shirt dress:

Mint Velvet multi leopard kimono:

Whistles blue zebra devore dress:

M&S yellow animal print skirt:

4. Instead of wearing animal prints, you could try prints with animals. Yes, this is cheating - but definitely a step ahead of the game : )

D&G bengal cat print dress:

Hobbs cat print dress:

Warehouse horse print dress:

Trouva Sugarhill giraffe print dress:

5. Or you could just do the trend in a very subtle manner - not even with accessories [as animal print shoes/bags/ belts/scarves/etc are not exactly ground-breaking], but with details:

Mint Velvet snake skin strap velvet bag:

Peter Hahn leopard detail ankle boots:

Gucci black/grey leopard scarf: