Take a walk on the wild side

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Take a walk on the wild side with animal prints, khakis and neutrals. Safari styling is here...

You don’t need a plane ticket to Africa to embark on a safari adventure this summer. Park your jeep on the high street to pounce on the safari trend.

Padded overstitched jacket, �80; Betty Barclay (0871 0751024/www.bettybarclay.com).

Padded overstitched jacket, �80; Betty Barclay (0871 0751024/www.bettybarclay.com).

It’s a versatile trend; take neutrals into the urban jungle and give a summer twist to officewear, or use monochromatic prints for a low-key spin on the usual bright tribal patterns and let bold animal prints bring out the tiger in you.

It’s likely you’ll already have safari-inspired pieces in your wardrobe too, so it’s easy - and cheap - to get in the fashion game with some reinvention.


Look like a queen of the desert this summer by wearing cargo-style separates in khaki, beige and camel. Opt for rolled-up trousers or shorts for a casual look, or stylish belted jackets and safari dresses for a smarter take.

Linen dress, �149; Uta Raasch at Peter Hahn (0844 557 1214/www.peterhahn.co.uk).

Linen dress, �149; Uta Raasch at Peter Hahn (0844 557 1214/www.peterhahn.co.uk).

True safari explorers on a 6am game drive know the importance of layering; adopt the same principles for your summer look. Go practical with lightweight knits, sheer shirts and jackets with endless pockets to keep your sunglasses and sun potions in.

If you want to stick to an all-neutral palette, mix your safari separates with classic white for a fresh summer look. For a splash of colour, team your khakis and beiges with turquoise, peach, salmon pink or mint green.


Tribal prints aren’t always bright and garish. You can still adopt the African spirit with monochrome prints that blend into the background - perfect safari camouflage.

Floaty, loose silhouettes carry mono tribals off nicely and are ideal for humid temperatures, but work a more fitted piece on either your top or bottom half so you don’t look like you’re wearing pyjamas.

Lower contrast prints (in the same tones) are an ideal way for newbies to experiment with pattern because they’re usually flattering on most frames, particularly petites.

Stick to a small, uniform print to camouflage lumps and bumps. If you want to jazz things up, use statement tribal accessories to amp up your outfit for after dark.


If you have no intention of blending into the background, work an animal print.

Traditionalists will feel comfortable in leopard, as favoured by catwalk queen Kate Moss, but if you’re feeling more rebellious try tiger stripes, monochrome zebra, exotic snake or even giraffe.

You don’t have to stick to the colours you might see on actual safari animals either - a pop of coral or red will brighten up leopard prints on accessories like scarves or bags.

Look for an animal prints that run vertically on the body for the most flattering effect. The darker the background of your pattern, the more slimming the look, so if you’re conscious of your curves, avoid snakeskin or zebra prints which both have a predominantly white background.