10 easy throw-on animal print dresses for summer

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

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Animal print has gone wild in our wardrobes for years, now. So much so that whether you love leopard or tiger, zebra or snake, cow or croc, it's a jungle out there.

Even if print isn't normally your thing, animal print dresses now come in so many different colourways and pattern sizes, you're bound to find something that works for you.

Another bonus? It's a print that works all year round - so if you invest now, you can wear it with jumpers, jackets, tights, and boots when the temperature drops.

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Plus, with animal print now considered a classic wardrobe staple, it won't date, so you'll have something you can wear for years to come.

With that in mind, we've curated a selection of the best animal print dresses out now that we think you'll love. Enjoy exploring.

Shop 10 of the best animal print dresses for summer

Hush Leopard Print Drawstring Waist Jersey Dress, Pink | £55 from John Lewis

The ultimate throw-on classic. (John Lewis & Partners)
The ultimate throw-on classic. (John Lewis & Partners)

Hush really knows how to make casual pieces look cool and stylish.

This soft, 100% organic cotton dress is no exception and is hugely popular with John Lewis shoppers - probably due to its flattering fit-and-flare shape, the elasticated drawstring waist, and the gorgeous pink leopard print.

The ultimate easy-breezy pull-on style, it's a lightweight option for balmy days when relaxing or WFH.

Animal Print Midaxi Waisted Dress | £39.50 from Marks & Spencer

This statement midaxi is a best-seller and selling out fast. (Marks & Spencer)
This statement midaxi is a best-seller and selling out fast. (Marks & Spencer)

This standout orange midi dress will add some drama to your wardrobe. It has a shirred waist for a flattering silhouette (and comfort!) and the elbow-length puff sleeves are a godsend if you're self-conscious about your arms. The frilled, tie neck is a really pretty touch, too.

It comes in three lengths too - short, regular, and long.

Any wonder customers are going crazy for it, saying things like: "There is nothing I can fault with this dress, great vibrant colour, lovely material, nice sleeve length."

Get in quick before it sells out!

Never Fully Dressed Louella Animal Print Dress, Green | £89 from John Lewis

Animal print has never looked so chic. (John Lewis & Partners)
Animal print has never looked so chic. (John Lewis & Partners)

This beautiful, bias cut tea-dress by Never Fully Dressed is a bestseller at John Lewis - and we can see why. It has a really feminine silhouette, and the unusual print is in fresh, pretty, green colourways with a smattering of black and nude.

Meaning you can wear it with all sorts of shoes, from strappy black sandals to white trainers - even green mules to name a few.

Animal Print Puff Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress | £39.50 from Marks & Spencer

Hurry, this neutral number is selling fast. (Marks & Spencer)
Hurry, this neutral number is selling fast. (Marks & Spencer)

M&S has come up trumps with the perfect neutral shirt-dress for work or play.

Midi-length, it has self-tie belt so you can cinch in your waist. And the three-quarter length puffed sleeves are a stylish addition.

Another plus? It's made from sustainably sourced viscose. Any wonder one shopper enthused: "Love this dress! Great quality a real bargain. Lovely summer dress."

Animal Print Round Neck Shirred Midi Dress | £39.50 from Marks & Spencer

We love this pretty 'ditzy animal print' look. (Marks & Spencer)
We love this pretty 'ditzy animal print' look. (Marks & Spencer)

The animal print is so intricate on this versatile dress that it almost looks like a floral.

A gorgeous riot of pink, white, burgundy, lavender - to name a few of the colours in this stunning print - it's a keeper.

We love the long, slightly puffed sleeves, too. And the shirred bodice is a winner for comfort and a flattering silhouette, with the tiered skirt gently skimming your curves.

Myleene Klass Strappy Midi Dress | £38 from Next

This is the perfect beach number. (Next)
This is the perfect beach number. (Next)

We love Myleene's sense of style and this is yet another example of a winning look she's come up with in collaboration with Next.

And this new-in, stunning, 100% cotton pink and red zebra print dress says 'holiday' to us!

The tiered, floaty style will keep you cool on hot days, and the cute shoulder straps can be tied to any length you want.

You can wear it over your cossie on the beach, but it also looks good enough to keep it on for dinner. Winning!

Joweechy Casual Button Down V Neck Midi Dress| £20.99 from Amazon

A comfy classic that won't date. (Amazon)
A comfy classic that won't date. (Amazon)

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

Made out of T-shirt material with a drawstring waist, this is the perfect throw-on piece you won't have to iron (sigh of relief).

And the collar and buttons mean that you could also wear it to work without worries it'll be too low cut.

It comes in loads of colour/pattern options and in longer-sleeved styles too.

Nolie shirred zebra-print cotton-voile midi dress | £179 from Net-A-Porter

We love a monochrome moment. (Net-A-Porter)
We love a monochrome moment. (Net-A-Porter)

If you like your zebra print in a more traditional black and white, this Faithfull The Brand piece is for you.

Made in Indonesia from cotton voile, it has delicate straps and a shirred bodice that is fitted at the top and waist and looser around the hips, so the skirt can gently float around your legs.

As it's more of an investment buy, you could dress it up with a white jacket for a wedding, or even with a black sequin jacket for a cocktail party.

And you can dress it down for summer parties/BBQ's with flat, black strappy sandals.

John Lewis & Partners Hanky Hem Animal Print Dress, Blue Print | £55 from John Lewis & Partners

The teal accents, floaty silhouette and handkerchief hem make this a winner. (John Lewis & Partners)
The teal accents, floaty silhouette and handkerchief hem make this a winner. (John Lewis & Partners)

Another best-selling style from one of our favourite retailers, this is a winning look, with one happy new owner commenting: “Such a comfortable, flattering dress. With pockets! Very pleased, would recommend.”

Sleeveless for the summer, the handkerchief hem dress has a v-neckline that flows to a tie-detailed waist.

The LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres used are extracted from sustainable wood pulp and produced through an environmentally responsible production fibre process.

It's machine washable too.

Girl In Mind Britney Angel Sleeve Midi Dress | £40 from Next

The dress is sure to garner attention. (Next)
The dress is sure to garner attention. (Next)

This is a stand-out piece that's selling fast - but if you miss out, it comes in five other stunning, statement pattern combinations.

We love the fluttery sleeves, and the flattering A-line shape.

"Fab dress, lovely print, will be keen to show this off," enthused one happy shopper.

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