By Alexandra DeRosa
Updated Sep 23, 2014 @ 1:33 pm
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An animal print is a go-to that can forever live in a woman's wardrobe. The print will always be relevant as designers are constantly updating it with new and refreshing takes. This season, the prints are a little more subdued and a lot more wearable, making it a top trend for fall. There's nothing overtly sexy about these spots and scales—they're small, quiet, and set against a backdrop of creamy white or misty gray. It's an elegant look that's equally appropriate for work, weekend, or evening.

When choosing your printed pieces for the season, steer clear of too-short minis, tight dresses, and cropped tops. Instead look for classic pieces with an elevated edge, like a long coat, a midiskirt, or a loose-cut trouser. If you wish to add just a small does of animal print to your look, opt for classic shapes with animal print accents, like a structured handbag or open-toe shoe. To shop the best animal printed pieces of the season, click through the gallery.Runway photos (at top, from left) Reed Krakoff, Céline, Roberto Cavalli, Mary Katrantzou.