Animal kingdom

By Jesse L. Brooks

Contributing Writer

Too Faced pink leopard blushing bronzer $30
Too Faced pink leopard blushing bronzer $30

If there is anything that commands influence in the fashion world, it's animals. From pretty prints to sumptuous textures, the furry and feathered friends of the world play a huge role in creating covet worthy style. Whether you're keeping an eye on the runway shows of Paris or people watching in the streets of your local area, there is no denying the amount of animal fashion all around us. As pet lovers ourselves, we embrace being labeled as “crazy cat ladies” and “dog moms”, and see nothing wrong with expressing our titles through what we wear. One of the biggest trends in animal print over the last decade (or even more) is undeniably leopard. Famously renamed as “the new neutral”, leopard print can be found as the main focus of an ensemble. Or most commonly found as a way to jazz up your look via accessories. Belts, bags, shoes, and even beauty products are on leopard overload, and we couldn't love it more.

We've chosen a few of our favorite must-have animal inspired pieces (including leopard, obviously) to enhance your summer wardrobe. If your style is more on the girly side, a flamingo pattern skirt is a fun and feminine way to embrace your ladylike side, while butterfly embroidered shorts will make you feel airy and free. If K-9s are more your thing, a Scottie printed silk Burberry scarf is a nice accent to enhance a bag or jacket; even a simple cotton tee embossed with a posh pup can add a dash of doggy delight. If sea life is more your passion and you want to channel your inner mermaid, you can't go wrong with a twinkling pair of Betsey Johnson seahorse earrings or fabulous fish design sandals by Sophia Webster. You are sure to make a splash when showing off your under-the-sea styling.

We are always looking for a way to channel our inner Beyoncé. And a sparkly Queen Bee phone case does just that, making your phone an instant accessory while letting the world know you like to feel and look like royalty. If your work attire needs a little spicing up, a beautiful ring is always a great go-to piece. We've chosen a Kenneth Jay Lane antique bauble that will make you look monkey business chic.

Of course we can't forget the kitties. Cat ladies rejoice! There has never been more of a demand for cat items as there is now. Charlotte Olympia has an entire line of fashionable heels and flats ideal for the cat lover. Even Chanel's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld has designed an entire collection dedicated to his social media popular feline, Choupette.

Whether they are domesticated or running wild and free, animals are now and will continue to be one of the main muses of fashion and one of the most favored for consumers, near and far.