It is no secret that our society is obsessed with the animal kingdom. Animals serve as symbols and icons for everything from ancient history to economics to pop culture to fashion. The owl is commonly known as the symbol of Athena, the Goddess of wisdom and warfare. A bat flashed across the night sky is instantly recognized as the mark of Batman. A horse strategically placed on the left-side of a polo ensures it is that of Ralph Lauren. A bunny wearing a bowtie will inevitably be identified with Playboy. Even a little blue bird has come to be recognized solely with Twitter.
Season after season, animal print has been a recurring trend proving that it's (almost) impossible to go wrong when paying homage to our furry friends. Signature Christian Louboutin leopard print heels look perfect with any LBD, a DKNY python tote will undoubtedly please your inner wild-child, and a Rachel Zoe faux fur vest and some hot chocolate are all you need to make it through a hard winter. Animal prints have left their tracks on everything from couture to runway to vintage to personal accessories to home decor. But this season, the feral trend has been taken one paw-print further. Now, instead of just animal spots, stripes, and prints here and there, ensembles are swarming with entire critters.
By closely observing the trend in its natural habitat, the concrete jungle, we have spotted dresses adorned with owls, shirts covered in prancing ponies, and jewelry in the shape of bunnies and fishies and birds, oh my.
Tiny elephants traipse across Porridge's Cirque A- line dress from Anthropologie, creating an outfit that cannot be forgotten. Kate Spade's Dana giraffe-print dress is perfect for a shopping safari. Make a wise choice with Girls from Savoy's owl-print Lemon Liftoff owl-print blouse or slip into Rare's butterfly print dress for your next late-night outing and create an instant metamorphosis into a social butterfly.
Make your outfit roar by adding some beastly accessories to the mix. Browse through Forever21's large assortment of animal inspired pieces and you'll most definitely feel like you've entered a petting zoo. Blinged-out bunny rings, earrings in the shape of soaring phoenixes, and kitchy necklaces adorned with owls wearing reading glasses are just some of what you'll find grazing among the shelves.
Animals are also starting to roam through home decor trends. Bring some adventure into your home with Anthropologie's Savannah Story gazelle bust and ensure your copies of The Jungle Book, Lord of the Flies, and Watership Down stay propped up with West Elm's horse-head bookends.