Tame this season’s hottest print and stay ahead of the pack. By Caroline Leaper
Zebra print earns its stripes
There is an Instagram account called Barry’s Banter Bus, which I would recommend following purely for its regular animal-related memes. A recent post included a video of two men dressed in zebraprint suits, who went into a safari park and, ultimately, attracted the lions. You probably need to see it to get why it’s funny, but still, it made an important point to me about one of this season’s must-wear prints: too much zebra print leads to fashion overkill.
On the catwalks, it made a comeback via cult New York label Khait, which offered zebra as a chic alternative to ubiquitous leopard. Its monochrome colouring feels sleek and sophisticated with an otherwise minimal outfit. There’s no need for fuss elsewhere if you’re choosing this busy print in a statement piece. Look for fun iterations where the stripes flow in flattering directions and you’ll find something for every occasion.
Cashmere jumper, £79, Marks & Spencer (marksandspencer. com). Zebra-print skirt, £42, Warehouse (warehouse.co.uk). Pointed shoes, £26, Topshop (topshop.com). Zebra-print bag, £99, John Lewis & Partners (johnlewis.com) Caroline wears
ADAP TATION To get more wear out of it at the weekend, this skirt length looks just as good with trainers. Sneakers, £60, Tretorn (tretorn.com)