How to Style Animal Print with the RW Fashion Team

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With the arrival of our brand new Animal Evolution collection, we thought it was only right to offer the best tips and tricks for styling our iconic animal prints. Whether it’s pattern clashing or colour blocking with your favourite print,  we’ve got our expert fashion team on board to help style your spots.

Bold statement prints can sometimes be intimidating to wear (we get it), but the style rewards are always worth the risk, especially when it comes to a fierce animal print. But ever wondered if there was such thing as too much animal print or don't quite know what to pair with a loud legging? Well have no fear, our experts are here to walk you through it.

We have designed Animal evolution so it could be styled seamlessly with all of the pieces in the collection.

One of the elements of Animal Evolution that makes it so easy to pair and style is the core colours featured in each of the prints. We have taken this core colour and also utilised it as a block colour for the tanks & sweaters. This means you can effortlessly pair the bold print of the high waisted leggings in teal with its block tone cotton tank for a balanced look!

Another unique detail that ties this collection together is the tonal stripe detailing featured on the sides of the sports bra and both the high waisted scrunch leggings & high waisted scrunch shorts. This detail lines up perfectly when wearing the sports bra and bottoms for a symmetrical finish but it also features the core colour of the print.

What I particularly love about this collection is that not only is it super flattering, but its high-performance features make this collection extremely functional for whatever your workout has to throw at you. From beautiful lightweight fabrics, so light and breezy you’ll forget you’re even wearing them, to high waisted designs with extra added support. And like all our collections we used our signature four-way fabric so that you can enjoy your unrestricted movement and distraction-free.


My favourite pieces to style in this collection are the Black Leopard High Waisted Scrunch Leggings with the Black Leopard Sports Bra and Ivory Cotton Tank. I love that you can style this collection either subtly or loud and fun! I also love the striking black and white colourway of the Ivory Leopard Evolution Sports Bra & matching High Waisted Scrunch Shorts.

I also love the Teal Leopard colourway in the
Evolution Sports Bra and High Waisted Scrunch Leggings paired back with the Ivory Racer Back Tank. This teal colour is really trending at the moment and it’s easy to see why. I love the subtlety and texture this print and colourway give and pairing it back with a neutral block colour gives you a perfectly balanced, fun look for your workout & beyond! 

Check out the rest of Animal Evolution here

If you’re new to this trend and not sure where to start I recommend keeping it to two prints instead of three (or more!) to avoid the look being too overwhelming.

Pick one print as a statement (think bold like animal print or tie-dye) and a second print as a neutral (like a polka dot or stripe) to achieve balance. I prefer the statement print worn on the bottom half (such as leggings) and the neutral print worn on the top half (like a tank) to avoid the prints overpowering the face.

If you’re new to clashing prints that are different colours, try to stick to the same statement and neutral rule. Pick a neutral colour print like tan and mix it with a statement colour print like coral.

Otherwise, try to have a common colour in both of the prints. Perhaps one print is predominantly pink, but the second print just has a small pop of the same pink amongst other colours – the common colour ties the outfit together.

If you’re still not sure about mixing colours, keep the look tonal - this is a foolproof way to wear clashing prints! Mix different prints within the same colour family and let the prints do the heavy lifting.  A good place to start is with monochrome black and white if you’re new to this.

Experiment with proportion by mixing different scales of the same print – try a larger scale leopard print short worn with a smaller scale leopard print sports bra. The larger-scale print acts as the statement and the smaller scale print acts as the neutral.

To ease into this look, don’t forget that texture can act as a print. Pairing a texture like marl with a print looks effortless and can hit the trend without taking as much risk.

There’s too many to choose from but we’ve narrowed it down to these top 4 outfits & patterns to clash! 


Hybrid Sports Bra in Pink Leopard (if this is sold out in your size, Adapt One Shoulder Sports Bra or Hybrid Halter Sports Bra in Pink Leopard are equally as good!) worn with the Tie Dye Mid Length Shorts or 7/8 Leggings in Maeve Pink Tie Die.

Reform Sports Bra in Black Speckle worn with the Hybrid Full Length Leggings in Black Leopard.

Ultra V-Neck Sports Bra
in Tan Leopard worn with the Ultra High Waisted Full Length Leggings in Coral Leopard.

Evolve Seamless Longline Sports Bra in Coral worn with the Ultra High Waisted Full Length Leggings in Tan Leopard.

Animal print continues to trend and we’ve got some great instalments this year. Keep an eye out for an optical leopard print mid year that also taps into the wave print or psychedelic print trend.

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