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How To Incorporate Bold Prints Into Your Work Wardrobe

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

I've always been a fan of animal print in fashion. There's something so beautiful about a sharply styled outfit that boasts a bold print.

For some, sporting animal print is second nature, but others may not have the easiest time rocking cheetah, leopard or zebra patterns, especially on the job.

Something to remember is that you don't have to commit to incorporating prints into your workwear all at once. It can be done gradually over time as you see fit. Here are some simple ways to ease eye-catching prints into your professional attire.

1. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

Accessories are a trustworthy gateway to adding patterns to your work wardrobe. A pair of peacock feather-themed heels, a snakeskin bootie, a skinny cheetah belt, or a gator-skin clutch can be an edgy addition to any outfit. Accessories are also a subtle way to get your animal print fix while keeping your professional look intact if you're worried about going overboard at a more buttoned-up office.

2. Skirt your prints

Skirts are comfortable, non-restrictive, and, paired with a good pair of tights or leggings, they're your saving grace while transitioning to colder temps. I am absolutely loving the printed skirts I've seen trending and how they bring a versatile look to a more traditional piece. Whether you prefer mini, midi, or maxi skirts, there's a statement piece out there that's sure to make all your animal print dreams come true. Pair your skirt with a turtleneck, blazer, and black pumps for a more formal but stylish work look. Or, dress it down on casual Friday with a solid tee, leather jacket, and black booties for the perfect cool-girl-in-the-office vibe.

3. Sport a statement jacket


Adding a printed jacket or blazer to any outfit can launch you from a bland to chic vibe in seconds. If you don't want to wear your statement piece all day you can make an entrance in your jacket or coat and then still have your usual work attire under your fabulous outerwear. Whenever you feel like taking your fashionista alter-ego for a spin during the workday, simply put your jacket back on or drape it over your shoulders for an effortless look you can switch in and out of throughout the day.

4. Put on a pair of powerful printed pants (say that three times fast)

To me, rocking a pair of snakeskin or cheetah trousers states, "I'm fun, but I also have my life together." If you decide to go this route, you'll want to keep the rest of your outfit neutral, so your pants stand out. Pair them with your favorite solid-colored work blouse to elevate your office fashion game.

Even during the busiest work week, your wardrobe doesn't have to be monotone. Try incorporating some bold prints into your attire and take things up a notch! Your sense of style will make you a bright spot in your office in no time.


(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at, or follow her on Instagram at

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