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Woodland Forest Print Clothing for Women Fall & Winter

Woodland trend clothes with animals for women

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

You’ve seen a lot of cute little forest critters (deer, owls, foxes) on clothing for children this fall, but did you know that chic adult women, like you and me, can also wear this trend? No, I have NOT lost my mind… trust me on this one. And, do not be afraid of wearing beautifully designed woodland-print dresses, squirrel-print blouses, and cozy cashmere sweaters with foxes on them.

Stop laughing. I’m serious.

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Forest Print Skirt

Hey… I am not talking about those cheap, hipster sweatshirts that cover every teenage girl's boobs with some giant illustration of Bambi. I am talking about beautifully designed clothing with gorgeous, fairytale images of woodland flora (trees, acorns, ferns) and fauna (birds, bugs, bunnies).

Designer Fashions With Forest Animals and Trees

I know it sounds a little strange for me to be telling you to embrace a look that’s usually associated with little kids, but I truly believe that woodland prints are a trend… not a fad.

In times like these, when the whole world seems to be going to hell in a handbasket, we all long to escape to our own little fantasy dreamworlds.

… and, those tiny, alpine forest scenes, conjured up by some of the tastiest artists and designers on the planet, seem to be fulfilling that need.

Whenever we don our “Nordic Fantasy” clothing, our minds seem to travel to imaginary forestlands populated with intelligent owls, chittering squirrels, adorable vegan wolves, and other friendly wildlife.

Yes, Designer Outfits With Owls and Squirrels!

I am not kidding about the high-end designer duds adorned with forest creatures and darkly alluring botanical scenes. Here are a few examples.

Dolce & Gabbana has embellished their autumn/winter couture gowns with magical woodland imagery such as:

  • Beautiful silk dresses covered with ornate renderings of roses and owls.
  • Long elaborate gowns garnished with matrixes of silver branches, falling leaves, and floral appliqués… populated with a small menagerie of birds, squirrels, and toads.
  • Bright brocade dresses ornamented with cartoon-like owl appliqués… which, somehow, have a decidedly un-cartoonish aura… even though they look amazingly similar to Woodsy the Owl. (Give a hoot, don’t pollute.)

And, Valentino has come up with his own winter garden scenes worthy of Versailles. Here are some of his enchanted forest designs for fall:

  • Gauzy ballgowns festooned with glorious groves of flowering trees and kaleidoscopes of butterflies.
  • Elegant jacquard dresses imprinted with botanical landscapes, which are inhabited by assorted créatures des bois.

Of course, those are just the glorious party dresses.

A great number of fashion designers and trendy artistes have introduced an assortment of hip daytime outfits that embrace the woodland motif.

And, that’s a good thing for women (like you and me) who live in the real world, because most of us won’t be attending many high-profile charity events this year. We’re more likely to buy office wear than ballgowns. (Well… I can only speak for myself.)

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Woodsy Styles With Birds, Fox, Deer

How to Wear Woodland Print Clothing

Most of us will not be going to Italy on our private jets to pad our wardrobes, however most of us CAN afford a casual frock or skirt or sweater… or two… with a folkloric forest feel.

So, here are a few things that go well with prints of hedgehogs, deer, rabbits, and high meadow wildflowers:

1. Alpine Folklore Clothing: Look for knits and prints with Fair-Isle patterns (like the things you see on traditional Nordic ski sweaters). Typical designs include snowflakes, flowers, hearts, trees, and leaping stags.

2. Plaids and Checks: Plaid is one of the best ways to cut the potential sappiness of frolicking baby deer and terminally happy bluebirds. If your outfit ever starts to veer into infantile cutesiness, you can always balance the overt sentimentality with long plaid skirts, rustic denim jackets, and brown lace-up mountain boots.

3. Scarves and Knits: Casual, woodland-themed outfits almost always cry out for Nordic-style cardigans, cozy knit scarves, drab wooly tights, and heart-covered boot socks… even if you never plan on leaving the comfort of your local shopping haunts. If heavy knits bring on hot flashes, look for cotton scarves with jumping rabbits, hidden deer, or unobtrusive wildflowers.

4. Anything Gray: Gray is the trendiest neutral for fall and winter. And, of course, gray blends well with all the colors of the forest.

5. Anything Green: From mossy hues to deep Loden green, almost all gentle, dull, or dark greens blend with this look. The only exception would be when you’re wearing an outfit with bright, Nordic primary colors.

6. Lace: A bit of lace peeping out from under your sweater or a glimpse of white petticoat under your midi skirt is a truly folkloric look. Be creative with lace. Check out your local vintage shops.

7. Geometric Patterns: Small geo prints in subtle colors go with everything you own, but they really sing next to forest symbols and leafy botanicals.

8. Ditsy Florals: Teeny-tiny florals have a nice prairie feel, but keep your dignity by not overdoing them.

What Not to Wear

The main thing to remember is that you’re not a little kid. However, you can rock this trend as long as you keep it subtle.

What to Avoid:

  • Too many animals.
  • Too many small prints.
  • Too many dull colors.
  • Too much of the same.

Woodland Print Clothes for Older Women

You’re ready to take this on. The next time you see a cute, sassy, fox-print sweater on sale, you’re going to snap it up, right? Well, you don’t HAVE to buy it, if you don’t have the nerve to wear it… or if you live in Florida.

However, the main thing I want to impress upon you is that you can jump ahead of the curve and find groovy woodland-print clothes that other women have overlooked because they don’t understand how huge this trend is going to be. Hey, I live in a forest. These clothes are perfect for me.

More Fashion Articles for Hip Women Over 40, 50, 60:

Animal Print Trend: Conversational Patterns for Fall Clothing

How to Do Folklore Fashion Trend Without Looking Like Heidi

Gray Outfits for Women: 4 Tips for Wearing Gray in Fall & Winter

Tartan Plaid Clothing for Women: Is it Hip to Be Square?


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Main Photo - Forest Print Outfits Women

Photo Credits: prshots.com

  • Main Photo: White Stuff
  • Forest Print Skirt (and top): Yumi.
  • Woodsy Styles With Birds, Fox, Deer: Ditsy floral dress, East. Bird print dress, White Stuff. Fox sweater, Yumi. Deer Fable dress, White Stuff.

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. kay kerns

    And don't forget the accessories like owl-themed jewelry, acorn charms, and so on. I like this trend too. Another great article!

    • Tina-Boomerina


      That's a good point. You can make your own jewelry. I wish I knew how to do that. Some of the trendier pieces are super expensive. Owl-themed jewelry sounds wonderful.