Mixing Animal Prints (& Not a Leopard Print in Sight) #iwillwearwhatilike

Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40

This isn’t my first pattern mixing outfit (far from it!), but this IS my first zebra print item of clothing.

It’s a zebra print blouse I’ve had my eye on for ages, and I finally caved last week. It seemed only sensible that I also wore another animal print in this outfit. But wait – it’s not leopard? What’s going on…?!

Not that it was intentional, but I really fancied mixing my animals when I put this outfit together and yet leopard didn’t come into the equation. The blouse is one of those lovely loose, not-at-all-fitted styles with a tie at the front (which actually comes in lots of colours and patterns) that’s so easy to throw on under a blazer. I hadn’t worn my (old) snake print boots for a while, and as all the snow had gone I thought a heel would make a change from the flats I wear all week while working from home and walking the dog.

So two animal prints but no leopard, and yes, orange AGAIN. But when it’s a double-breasted orange blazer that’s also on sale, who am I to say no? Don’t they (you know, “they”) know that if I see anything orange, I HAVE to have it??

In all honesty, I don’t actually consider two prints in one outfit that aren’t sitting next to each other pattern mixing at all. To me, there has to be a clash – and a clash can only occur when the prints are together and there’s some fisticuffs going on. Zebra print blouse and snake print boots, no pattern mixing. Zebra print blouse and a leopard coat – now THAT’S what I mean by pattern mixing!


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Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40



In the end I wore this outfit out last weekend but with my Antarctic-suited pumpkin-coloured parka over the top – it isn’t anywhere NEAR blazer weather in the UK yet. But a blazer is great for indoors in winter (instead of knitwear) if you fancy looking a little smarter, which is what I did for Sunday dinner with my parents when I wore this.

The dark green and the saturated orange colours together spoke to me. I’d not thought of pairing the blazer with anything except warm colours when I bought it, but the rich green trousers leapt out from my wardrobe when I was working out the rest of the outfit.

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The mustard beret hid my severely unwashed hair (it had been in plaits for days, hence the messy crinkles!) and big gold earrings (try these) added the touch of bling the whole thing needed.


So that’s it! Be bold with your animal prints, I say. If you fancied some snake print boots or shoes I found some FABULOUS pairs when looking for some boots similar to mine – scroll down just past the pics to see my selections.

I now fancy some snake print shoes for the spring…

Do add your outfits to this week’s link up – and if you’ve added a link to here or my button to your post you may be featured in my bi-monthly Women Who Wear What They Like post!*



*Due to the amount of work involved, I’ve decided to make the Women Who Wear What They Like post bi-monthly (once every two months). Sorry if that’s disappointed anyone, but I won’t have to rush it if I do it that way! Next one will be on the second Wednesday of March : -)

Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40
Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40

Blazer: Topshop
Blouse: River Island
Trousers: Asos
Boots: Mango (similar)
Beret: Asos (if sold out this is similar)
Bag: House of Fraser
Earrings: Mango (similar)





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Mixing Animal Prints (Not a Leopard Print in Sight) | Not Dressed As Lamb, style over 40


  1. February 14, 2019 / 4:14 pm

    I love how you have matched these colours for this outfit – the deep orange jacket is beautiful. I once had a midi skirt that colour and loved it.

    • catherine
      February 14, 2019 / 6:25 pm

      Oh Alison now I “need” an orange midi skirt…!!!! 😉 Hehe thanks hon x

  2. February 13, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    This zebra is so good, I’m loving everything zebra at the moment. Leopard fatigue perhaps?
    Have you seen the Rixo pink zebra print Catherine? Be still my heart!

    • catherine
      February 14, 2019 / 6:25 pm

      No I’ve not seen it – on the case MT!! Thanks mate x

  3. February 13, 2019 / 5:10 pm

    I think zebra and tiger prints are underrated. It’s been hard to find a selection of snakeskin items in the states IMO.

    • catherine
      February 14, 2019 / 6:26 pm

      I think they are too, Kimberly! Have a look at ASOS – they have looooooads of snake print stuff x

  4. February 13, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    I am loving more animal prints pushing their way to the front. I love zebra and I have a pair of snakeskin flats ordered.

    • catherine
      February 14, 2019 / 6:27 pm

      Yeah I’ve seen a lot more zebra print lately Lisa! Snakeskin flats sound divine…

  5. Mary Katherine
    February 13, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    Snakeskin boots, and shoe-boots – SWOON!

  6. February 13, 2019 / 8:45 am

    Winning with this look Catherine, and what better colour for a lovely pick-you-up on a dreary day – orange. Not a colour I usually wear, but will be looking the shops for it. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  7. February 13, 2019 / 8:22 am

    I really like your combination with animal prints. Your mix meets my taste. I especially like strong contrasts and breaks in style on you. It fits perfectly with your personality.
    XO Martina from Munich


  8. February 13, 2019 / 12:08 am


    Your color combination and animal prints work beautifully. together The deep orange and green look lovely on you. And I did laugh when I read there wasn’t any leopard in sight! Haha! I think it’s safe to say we’ve all gone a bit over the top on that print!

    Have a wonderful week,
    xx Darlene

  9. jodie filogomo
    February 12, 2019 / 11:09 pm

    How can you not love all the different animal prints?? They add some fun to anything!!
    I have a snakeskin pair of tall boots that I bought used over 8 years ago. They are starting to wear out and I can’t find any tall ones to replace them….I may have to succumb to booties instead!

  10. February 12, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    Well I love all animal print as you know. You look fabulous Catherine. I love the green with the orange. I have my eye on those Boden snake boots…xxxx

  11. February 12, 2019 / 7:49 pm

    Catherine, I love you for mixing multiple animal prints—it sounds crazy in theory yet it totally works. I definitely some snake and zebra in my life soon!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  12. February 12, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    I wish those colors would look good on me. Beautiful combination.

  13. February 12, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    Forget the animal print! I’m loving the Green and Orange that you’re wearing. I’m lucky on the animal print shoes. I have a pair over 10 years old that look like new. I love it when fashion turns around like that! xx

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