By Cindy Weber-Cleary
Updated Sep 17, 2015 @ 3:30 pm
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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.

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Shop it: Kate Spade belt, $68; J. Crew shoe, $358; Pierre Hardy clutch, $1,395;

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.)

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Shop it: Equipment, $268; By Malene Birger dress, $795; Theory skirt, $1,195;

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.

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Shop it: Zara tote, $189; Tamara Mellon skirt, $1,995; Rag & Bone boot, $550;