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The Blind Eye of the Tiger

Stop Seeing Stripes

By Cathryn DennisonPublished 3 years ago 3 min read

Unanimously, I think we can all agree that 2020 could be considered one of the worst years of our time. Then again, maybe some of us made it a really great year despite the circumstances.

Even then, I’m sure that some of us have at least one fashion trend in mind that we can’t wait to leave behind with 2020. For me, that trend is Tiger Print. True, it didn’t live that long compared to some of the other trends that started/resurfaced in 2020, but it was possibly one of the most cringy ones that I have encountered.

What is Tiger Print?

Just as the name suggests, Tiger Print is the design of brown/orange/white with black tiger stripes over it. The design can be found on anything and everything: shirts, pants, dresses, accessories, shoes, and more.

The design isn’t just exclusive to fashion, though. You might even be able to find the print on things like furniture, towels, car-seat covers, and more.

How Tiger Print was trending in 2020

One of the most-watched shows online at the beginning of quarantine was the Netflix show Tiger King, a documentary about tiger enthusiasts Joe Exotic and his rival Carole Baskin. The show gained popularity for a variety of reasons; the comedy and outrageous behaviors of the characters, the mystery behind the crime(s) they both may/may not have committed, and their passionate obsession with the big cats.

Regardless of the reason, people started to share their passion for the show or the big cats that were in it by wearing the print.

What people loved about Tiger Print

In a fashion sense, some women liked the ‘retro’ look that the Tiger Print had. Others liked to show their support of the endangered animals by donning faux furs with the same print.

However, one of the more popular perspectives of the print was that it was a more amusing way to celebrate a heavy-trending internet meme in possibly one of the most outrageous ways possible. Simply put, they were mocking the fashion style in a more over-the-top way.

Why it should end

If you’ve never seen a person wearing an outfit that is nothing but Tiger Print, then you might want to search online for an image when I say that it can physically hurt your eyes if you stare at it for too long.

Not only is it painful to look at, it’s a past trend from decades ago that should stay in the past. There is something to be said about past trends resurfacing, and if you love the retro look of Tiger Print, then wear it and share it with those who weren’t born during the original time of Tiger Print.

However, there is such a thing as too much too quickly, and that’s why this trend is already halfway to its grave.


I’m not overly into fashion, so take all of this critique with a grain of salt if fashion is something that you are extremely passionate about or it is your job. If you think tiger stripes are still in style, then, by all means, wear it loud and proud. The only commentary I have is don’t go overboard like the trends of 2020. Otherwise, it can go from fashionably retro to out of the door along with the rest of the 2020 trends and memes that are on their way to the fashion/meme graveyard.

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