The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend

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The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
V by Very Farida Leopard Print Leather Cone Heel Ankle Boots

£68, available from Very

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
JD Williams Brushed Zebra Tunic with Sequin Detail

£45; Magi Petite Straight Leg Trousers, £35, available from JD Williams.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Faith Multicoloured Snake Print Drawstring Duffle Bag

£20, available from Debenhams.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Dorothy Perkins Red Snake Adore Flared Heel Boots

£35, available from Dorothy Perkins.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Wallis Red Animal Print Midi Fit and Flare Dress

£55; Rose Gold Thick Hoop Earrings, £6.50, available from Wallis

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Hobbs Georgiana Dress

£159; Maddison Belt, £59; 100d Tights, £12; Linden Cuban Boots, £179, all available from Hobbs.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Laura Ashley Leopard Print Jaquard A-Line Skirt

£75, available from Laura Ashley.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Wallis Black Animal Print Midi Dress

£45, available from Wallis.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Hush Ursula Maxi Dress

£110, available from Hush.

The one rule you must follow for autumn’s biggest fashion trend
Lipsy Leopard Wide Leg Trousers

£38, available from Lipsy.

Less is more when it comes to this fierce look, says Katie Wright.

The major trend of autumn/winter, animal print is everywhere – but how do you style leopard spots or snakey stripes without looking like fashion roadkill?

For starters, ignore the catwalks.

Well, not entirely, because that’s where the trend originated, with Victoria Beckham’s abstract leopard print midi dress, Tom Ford’s skinny snake trousers, and Halpern’s sparking zebra frocks – plus so many leopard-spot coats we lost count.

At Max Mara, Lara Stone and Gigi Hadid went on a style safari, clad in layer upon layer of leopard – and as cool as they looked on the runway, this is not, in all honesty, a look that works in real life.

Instead, you want to take a leaf out of Beckham’s ever-stylish book, choosing one – and only one – printed piece to showcase per outfit.

These bold prints are best used sparingly, letting them take centre stage alongside neutral hues and sleek separates.

There are so many gorgeous animal print midi dresses around, perfect for pairing with knee-high boots (or ankle boots and black tights when it gets colder).

Leopard is the most prevalent print in the shops, but faux snakeskin is a chic choice for accessories, from muted grey or brown bags, to bright red or yellow boots.

And a fluffy zebra stripe jumper is the ‘it’ knit of the season – team yours with skinny black jeans and a pair of statement earrings for a fun Eighties feels.

Ready to tame the animal print trend? Here, we’ve hunted down the best animal print pieces on the high street…