Best animal print dresses for summer

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Shake up your wardrobe with the best animal print dresses for summer. (Getty Images)
Shake up your wardrobe with the best animal print dresses for summer. (Getty Images)

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Leopard print has long been associated with rock stars and supermodels alike - think Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.

But leopard isn't the only wild pattern out there, and this year animal prints are bigger and bolder than ever before. 

From classic leopard and snake print, to cheetah spot designs, cow, croc and zebra, it's a jungle out there.

There are now animal print designs, which are bolder and vary in patterns,and size as well as colours. 

Some may find it daunting, but an animal print summer dress is a brilliant way to make a statement without taking a risk. 

With that in mind, we have curated a selection of the best animal print dresses to add your wardrobe that’ll take you through this season and into the next with ease.

Shop 8 of the best animal print dresses for summer

Somerset by Alice Temperley Powder Leopard Shirt Dress | £99 from John Lewis

This leopard print shirt dress from Somerset by Alice Temperley showcases a flawlessly femme pencil cut, with a button down front and floaty, short sleeves.

Nipping in at the waist with an elasticated back for a comfy fit, it comes complete with those all important pockets too.
Animal Print Midaxi Shirt Dress
| £29.50 from Marks & Spencer

We love a shirt dress, and we love a coloured twist on an animal print, and this midi dress from M&S has both.

The bold, blue leopard print is cut to a regular fit with tie detailing at the waist to add shape.

One happy customer shared: "I love this dress. I'm a big fan of animal print and pink, so it is a win-win for me. It is a lovely, flattering fit and the perfect length as I am not keen on showing my legs. The dress is perfect for dressing up but also fine for day wear. I agree with all the other positive reviews."

Somerset by Alice Temperley Frill Sleeve Tiger Print Dress | £89 from John Lewis

Opt for something a little more unusual with this tiger print dress from Somerset by Alice Temperley, in a khaki green and black colourway.

With easy to wear three quarter length sleeves finishing with an elastic shirred cuff, this dress is shaped with a self tie waist belt as well as femme frills at the neck and shoulder.

Linen Animal Print Midi Shift Dress | £21 from Marks & Spencer

It might not look like much, but what you're looking at is actually an ultra-cool, ultra-comfy throw-on for summer. 

This sleeveless shift dress brings easy glamour to your wardrobe, with side buttons and two matching pockets, which add playful detail to this effortless piece. 

"Lovely quality & fit. Nice colours, [it's] exactly what I wanted for summer", enthused one shopper.

Pure Cotton Animal Print Midi Waisted Dress | £49 from Marks & Spencer

Feel effortlessly stylish in this pure cotton leopard print dress from Finery London in collaboration with M&S. 

The feminine square neck complements the structured waist and creates a flattering silhouette, while the tiered hem adds a whimsical, relaxed feel. 

So it is no wonder shoppers are head over heels for this number, as one review read: "This dress is beautiful in person and the shape is flattering."

Navy Zebra Belted Dress | £45 from Next

Who says you can't make zebra print sophisticated? Certainly not the designers at Next, who have pulled this chic animal print dress out of the bag for summer.

Whether you're headed to the office or out for a weekend lunch date, this midi dress is the perfect way to do it. 

Style Slice Womens Leopard Wrap Dress | £22.99 from Amazon

Trusty old Amazon doesn't just deliver on gadgets, this leopard print wrap dress is proof that they do fashion well, too.

Long and bohemian, flowy and on-trend, this elegant piece is an easy, yet effective, throw-on for a summer's day.  

Shoppers are flocking to buy this item, so much so some are buying more than one. One review read: "I tried it on straight away and loved it so much I immediately ordered it in another colour. Lovely fit, I’m a 14 and the 12-14 fits really well."

Melissa Odadash Sonja leopard-print voile midi dress | £209 from Net-A-Porter

Currently on sale from £418 to £209, this gorgeous leopard print mini dress by Melissa Odabash is cut from an airy voile in a tiered silhouette that's flatteringly belted at the waist. 

Adjust the plunging neckline by leaving the first few buttons undone for a daytime look with trainers, or button up and add a pair of open-toe heels for a summer wedding guest outfit.

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