Join the fashion packs

Join the fashion packs

Join the fashion packs

First published in Lifestyle

Forget spotting the Big Five; simply go on the prowl for this season's safari trend instead.

Because the foundations of this look - muted tones and animal prints - are so timeless, safari is revisited on the catwalks year after year.

If you're worried about investing in a high summer trend and not having enough mileage in your clothing , don't. Rev up your jeep because, with some styling reinvention, the components of safari can work just as well for autumn.

KHAKI COVER

The ultimate in utilitarian chic, khakis are the no-fuss approach to fashion. Think of this practical green tone as summer's alternative to black.

Ideal for the urban jungle, sleek khaki separates and dresses are a cool twist on stuffy officewear. Avoid unflattering game ranger linens and opt for fluid silk-like fabrics for comfort.

Keep your body shape in mind when it comes to detailing on khaki. Avoid pocket detailing in places where you don't want to add bulk to your frame and look for ruched ties if you want to pull in your silhouette at the waist.

If you want to dial up your khakis for after-dark, add statement jewellery, like wide cuffs or an oversized necklace.

AUTUMN RE-SPIN: Recycle your khakis for next season's military trend. Toughen up pocket shirts and dresses with lashings of black leather and heavy overcoats.

ANIMAL CAMO

For a bolder take on safari, be inspired by the Big Five with animal print. Ignore elephant grey until autumn and m ake a leap for big cat-inspired pieces.

The bolder the print, the bigger the impact. If you want to stay semi-camouflaged, look for muted leopard prints with subtle spots.

For a twist on the traditional leopard colourway, try zebra stripes in cool black and white. For a low contrast print, try exotic snakeskin, or be adventurous with bold giraffe splodges (heightening benefits not included).

Animal print is the perfect accompaniment to just about any colour. If you can't shake off the image of Bet Lynch, work an accent print via your accessories, whether it's a statement scarf, shoes or clutch bag.

AUTUMN RE-SPIN: It's a classic leopard print takeover next season. Wear it teamed with dark colours for a mega-luxe look that you can wear day or night.

NEUTRAL NAVIGATION

Pull together a base camp of neutrals in off-white, stone and tan. While temperatures are still desert-like, make like a safari explorer by layering sheer shirts and lightweight knits over cargo shorts - with this all-neutral palette, you'll create a flattering tonal look.

Keep your pieces stripped back and unfussy. Whether it's a tan leather jacket or white shirt, opt for a collarless style for a clean, modern aesthetic.

The addition of accessories will really take your look into safari territory. Try a panama hat with a tan leather band, or bat back the rays in a raffia visor to really look like you're spotting cheetahs in the African plains.

Go hands-free with a tan leather satchel bag, but make sure the leather is pre-weathered. You want it to look as if it's accompanied you on endless dusty jeep journeys carrying your zoom lenses and big cat checklist.

AUTUMN RE-SPIN: Staples like a tan leather skirt are perfect for next season's Seventies trend. Wear with black opaques and polo-neck jumper or printed blouse for some retro styling.

GET THE LOOK

Embrace some maximalism with a top-to-toe statement print, like model Poppy Delevingne in Pucci. Get the designer look with Debenhams' Star by Julien Macdonald Paisley Print Maxi Dress, currently reduced from £55 to £44 ( www.debenhams.com).

BUY IT NOW

If you're getting back to school bag envy, check out the new No.1 Radley London collection. The limited run premium range is created from highest grade leathers and hand-woven textiles. Available now at selected Radley stores nationwide or online at R adley.co.uk, priced from £169-£399.

FASHION FLASH

:: POSH PURCHASE

Prepare for a Beckham bidding war. Posh has had a serious closet detox and is selling off some of her most iconic outfits for charity. Victoria Beckham and TheOutnet.com have partnered to sell more than 600 items of her clothing in aid of mothers2mothers, a charity that helps mothers living with HIV. The star says: "I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children. A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers and I've loved wearing them, however I now feel it's someone else's turn to enjoy them." The Victoria Beckham Charity Sale for mothers2mothers will be available exclusively at www.theoutnet.com/vbcharitysale from August 20-25. Interested shoppers must register at TheOutnet.com for a chance to shop.

:: RECESSIONISTA ALERT

Get your gym bag into gear with Aldi's Specialbuy sports range. Make a sprint for the racer back sports bra, £5.99, fitness vest, £6.99, or fitness shoes, £11.99. Available in stores from August 10, while stocks last.

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