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Cow print: How to wear Meghan Markle and Victoria Beckham's new favourite pattern

The Independent logo The Independent 10/01/2019 Sarah Young

a close up of a logo © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Leopard will forever remain the fashion lovers go-to animal print, but this season has seen the spotted fur meet with some strong competition, via the likes of snakeskin, tiger and zebra attempting to dethrone the classic style.

Now, the on-going trend for Western-inspired wear has seen a new print enter the fashion fight and it’s already convinced a number of celebrities to change their spots. 

We are, of course, talking about cow print. 

This week, Meghan Markle visited Smart Works – one of her newly announced patronages – wearing a characteristically chic outfit consisting of a cap-sleeved maternity dress by Hatch and a camel coat by Oscar de la Renta.

However, it was the Duchess of Sussex’s choice of accessories that really got people talking.

Kate Stephens (right) CEO of Smart Works welcomes the Duchess of Sussex (centre) as she arrives for a visit to Smart Works, in London, on the day that she has become their patron, as well as patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the animal welfare charity, Mayhew. © Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images Kate Stephens (right) CEO of Smart Works welcomes the Duchess of Sussex (centre) as she arrives for a visit to Smart Works, in London, on the day that she has become their patron, as well as patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the animal welfare charity, Mayhew. To accompany her elegant ensemble, Markle chose a pair of heels from Gianvito Rossi, which not only featured PVC sides but also black and white cow print.

Last month, fashion designer Victoria Beckham also made a case for cowhide, sharing her latest look on Instagram stories.

The 44-year-old sported a white shirt and matching asymmetrical skirt which were both decorated with digitally printed cowhide alongside the caption: “Swipe up to shop my favourite print from my new collection”.

a person posing for the camera: Victoria Beckham shared her cowhide two-piece on social media (Instagram: @victoriabeckham) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Victoria Beckham shared her cowhide two-piece on social media (Instagram: @victoriabeckham) The pieces are currently available on Beckham’s website alongside a midi dress and cross-body bag in the same style.

It’s a bold pattern but don’t let that put you off giving it a go. 

The neutral colouring makes it easy to incorporate into your current wardrobe.

a girl in a swimming pool: Most of us associate the motif with Alabama from Quentin Tarantino’s 1993 classic True Romance (True Romance: Morgan Creek Entertainment Group) () © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Most of us associate the motif with Alabama from Quentin Tarantino’s 1993 classic True Romance (True Romance: Morgan Creek Entertainment Group) () Just make sure to wear one piece at a time and team it with something understated to avoid looking like you’ve roamed a little too far from your home on the range.

For example, if you were to invest in a statement cow print coat, like this shearling option from Petar Petrov, we’d suggest wearing an all-black ensemble underneath. Think a lightweight roll neck knit tucked into a pair of mom jeans and slick sock boots.

Wearing the print on a smart blouse, like this one from Mango, allows you to have fun with workwear too. The colours remain neutral and won’t look out of place worn with a pair of tailored trousers and chunky brogues.

a close up of a logo: (L-R) Petar Petrov Shearling Coat, £1,150, Net-a-Porter; Cow Print Sweetheart Sneakers, £179, Young British Designers; Cow belt, £16, Topshop; Cow Print Blouse, £59.99, Mango; Jeffrey Campbell Hornsby Loafer, £129.08, Nordstrom; Teddy Faux Fur Cow Shoulder Bag, £27, Topshop © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited (L-R) Petar Petrov Shearling Coat, £1,150, Net-a-Porter; Cow Print Sweetheart Sneakers, £179, Young British Designers; Cow belt, £16, Topshop; Cow Print Blouse, £59.99, Mango; Jeffrey Campbell Hornsby Loafer, £129.08, Nordstrom; Teddy Faux Fur Cow Shoulder Bag, £27, Topshop Alternatively, inject some print into your outfit with accessories like a showstopping bag, shoes or a belt. 

This way, you can dip your toe into the trend without having to splash too much cash or the fear of looking OTT.

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