As more and more brands opt out of working with fur – Prada, Burberry, Gucci, and Chanel, to name a few – the concept of wearing an actual animal pelt as luxury clothing appears to be on its last legs. Great news for minks, but potentially bad news for the estimated one million people who work in fur production.

Perhaps as a reaction to this, or perhaps as a way of accepting our more primitive, primal urges to wear the skins of exotic animals, there has been an explosion in brands looking to express themselves via the use of other animal prints. These new designs are elevating stripes, spots, and scales beyond the usual outerwear staples, and into loafers, wallets, scarves, and shoulder bags.

Amid a fashion landscape that has been leaning into technical fabrics, and futuristic, iridescent treatments, there's something to be said for a piece of clothing that references the greatest designer of all: mother nature herself.

Click down below to shop our list of the hottest animal prints to buy right now below.

Python

In terms of nature-inspired prints, surely the biggest player in the fashion sphere last year was snakeskin – first spotted on the 1017 ALYX 9SM runway back in 2018. The print is seen below on a pair of Off-White™ loafers, a GCDS bowling shirt, and a D'heygere belt to help add the cherry on top of almost any outfit.

Python Shirt

$156

GCDS

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Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

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Python Tassel Loafers

Python Tassel Loafers

$341

Off-White™

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Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

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Python Belt

Python Belt

$280

D'heygere

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Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

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Zebra

For one reason or another, zebra print pieces always seem to take a backseat to pioneering patterns like leopard, and tiger. Despite its distinct lack of ferocity, the zebra print is a perfect option for adding texture and depth to your outfits, with a color palette that goes with just about anything. Below we have selected a few summer-ready shirts from Han Kjobenhavn, sacai, and Toga Virilis.

Zebra Print Shirt

from $595

Sacai

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Zebra Boxy Shirt

$86

Han Kjobenhavn

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Free Express Shipping On Orders Over $300

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Print Shirt

Print Shirt

$467

Toga Virilis

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FREE SHIPPING OVER $250

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Tiger

Tiger stripes have been on our radar thanks to one exceptionally decadent coat from Celine's FW19 collection, but there are many brands doing interesting things with the regal pattern. Notably Saint Laurent, who rendered the print in a red silk, short-sleeved shirt with a camp collar, and NEIGHBORHOOD, who adopted the tiger’s orange and black stripes into a chic neckerchief.

Tiger-print Silk Shirt

Tiger-print Silk Shirt

from $417

Saint Laurent

(Available at 4 Merchants)
(Available at 4 Merchants)

Coach Tiger Jacket

from $591

Wacko Maria

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
Tiger Stripe Print Scarf

Tiger Stripe Print Scarf

from $19

NEIGHBORHOOD.

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Leopard

Leopards – arguably the most beautiful member of the big cat family – sport a print so illustrious, it will probably never go out of style. However, our favorite leopard print pieces of the season come from contemporary labels Perks and Mini, and Wacko Maria x Converse, both presenting a predictably off-kilter approach to the tried-and-true pattern.

Picturesque SS Shirt

Picturesque SS Shirt

$273

Perks and Mini

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FREE SHIPPING OVER $250

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Chuck Taylor 70 Hi

Chuck Taylor 70 Hi

$77

Wacko Maria x Invincible x Converse

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FREE SHIPPING OVER $250

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Leopard Boxer Briefs

Leopard Boxer Briefs

from $38

Wacko Maria

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
Tote Bag

Tote Bag

$61

Flagstuff

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FREE SHIPPING OVER $250

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