While the term “concrete jungle” is used to describe the fast-paced lifestyle of living in the downtown core of the world’s largest cities, even the streets of New York cannot fully capture the ferocity that’s required to live in the real jungles of the animal kingdom. Likely this is because humans rely on higher levels of brain activity to make them rational and reasonable, while animals rely almost completely on their natural instincts. Animal instincts are the most essential forms of behavior that an animal must perform in order to meet its basic needs — driven entirely by an unwavering desire to survive. Whereas humans created civilizations focused on cooperation, animals tend to embrace more selfish tendencies, looking out for themselves above all others.
This way of life may seem barbaric against the cognitive capacity of the human mind; however that doesn’t mean that humans are free of these same animalistic instincts. Despite our place at the top of the animal kingdom, these instincts still lie at the core of each and every human being — ready to pounce if given the right opportunity. Although animalistic behavior has a negative connotation due to a presumed lack of self-control, a bit of this fierceness can serve well even within the slightly tamer walls of the concrete jungle. The sartorial world seems to agree, as animals are appearing everywhere in the wardrobes of the Fashionistas in the street style realm.
Animal print is certainly no novel trend on the runways, however this spring it’s the bold intensity of animal faces and not just their fur patterns, which seem to be the fashionable focal point. The shirt worn by this week’s Fashionista showcases one of the most dangerous, beautiful and well-recognized predators in the animal kingdom — the tiger. Few animals exude such an air of raw fearlessness, making the tiger the perfect animal for the Fashionistas who are as fearless in life as they are in fashion. A graphic tiger T-shirt is the perfect option for the warmer spring and summer months, however a sweater will be an ideal acquisition for this coming fall. Another animal commonly seen transitioning from the safari to the streets is the zebra. Although less vicious than the tiger, the zebra possesses an air of grace and an elegant coat of black and white — making a zebra T-shirt the best match for Fashionistas who love monochromatic color palettes. Last but not least is an animal renowned for surviving the harshest environmental conditions and associated with the warrior-like qualities of strength and leadership. A description like that is fitting for none other than the big, bad wolf, whose image looks just as good on a cropped T-shirt as it does on a draped-back T-shirt.
This season, let your animal instincts take over and channel the ferocious fearlessness that’s needed for survival in the animal kingdom into your everyday ensembles. After all, even in the concrete jungle, it’s better to be the predator than it is to be the prey.