There’s a reason why style icons like Catherine Deneuve (above) love animal prints. They are timeless; they are season-less; they add instant “oomph” to whatever you are wearing—so don’t be afraid.
I prefer natural colorations. Colorful animal prints can teeter in tacky territory quite easily. Leopard is my all-time favorite. It can be warm or cool (think snow leopard) depending on your preference. A leopard-print accessory—a shoe, bag, scarf, belt— is a worthy investment. You can wear it with every neutral in your closet and it also plays beautifully with red.
I also love leopard-print trench coats, blazers, pencil skirts, sweaters and blouses. Pants? Not so much. Dresses can be very chic too, but I wouldn’t advise a tight body-conscious dress which can translate as “cougar-ish” (even if cougars don’t actually have spots.)
As for other jungle beasts, I also like python-prints, tiger-stripes and zebra-stripes, but I’m not fond of giraffe-prints because the scale is so large. It’s too much of a statement for my comfort, but perhaps you are wilder than I am.