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Animal prints have taken on a variety of forms for SS13, from delicate, subtle accents on accessories, to graphic and oversized skins on t-shirts, dresses and jeans. With animal faces staring out at us from every high street shelf, it looks as though the animal kingdom is more popular than ever before; an intimidating concept for those of us who have previously shied away from the world of tigers, leopards and zebras...

Whether you're a fully fledged print lover or a timid first timer, there's one group of animals you can rely on to offer something to suit everyone - reptiles. Snakeskin is set to be huge this season, but personally I've got my eye on these gorgeous gecko print silk shorts from Reiss. The luxe lightweight beauties come in two colours (black and indigo) and feature a curved slit hem, giving them an understated sport-influenced look which is easily transferable from day to night. If you're thinking of adding a pair of slinky shorts to your summer purchase list, check out our 3 ways to wear below.

Reiss gecko print silk shorts £95 (throughout)

Look One: Graphic Girl

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Topshop orange cami top £18
Topshop REES 2 high sandals £62
New Look holographic clutch bag £12.99
Miss Selfridge triangle hoops £10
Illamasqua lipstick in Box £16.50

Look Two: Silky Summertime

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T by Alexander Wang classic T-shirt £65
Oasis pentagon mint necklace £18
ASOS Fiction gladiator sandals £28
Carrera vintage round sunglasses £119
Topshop nail varnish in Carnival £5

Look Three: Power Dressing

3-ways-to-wear-silk-shorts Sigerson Morrison suede pointed pumps £365
Reiss pearl stitch detail shirt £120
AllSaints python iPhone case £30
ASOS spike drop earrings £12.60
Michael by Michael Kors jet set tote bag £195
Marc by Marc Jacobs bracelet watch £185