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What to Do, What to Wear: 3 Outfit Ideas for Visiting the Zoo


Zoo animals
Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3

Class has been over for two months, you’ve finally achieved your desired level of bronze and, lest we admit it, you’re beginning to feel a bit bored (gasp!). Before you begin longing for classrooms and hours of studying, I’m here to give you some ideas for fun summer activities that will help you to beat that lingering weariness and enjoy these last months of relaxation.

First up in this series? Your local zoo, the perfect place to keep you thoroughly entertained for the day. Nothing beats watching tigers play in the water and gorillas running up to the glass to get a closer peek at you. Aside from the exciting main attraction, the animals, zoo food is delicious, gift shopping is fun and other attractions, like a train or carousel ride, are a great way to keep the fun going. A camera will surely be in tow, so you want to be sure you’re looking good while staying comfy! Here are some reminders, tips and outfit ideas for visiting a zoo.

Remember to Wear/Bring:

  • Comfy shoes – Unless you’re prepared to ride the tram and miss many of the close encounters with the animals, be sure to wear some comfy walking shoes. After a full day at the zoo, you’ll have easily walked 2+ miles. With that kind of walking, no one wants to deal with blisters!
  • Protection from the sun – Sunglasses or a hat are musts at the zoo. You’ll be walking outside for the majority of your time there and want to make sure your face is protected (with the cutest of accessories, of course).
  • Camera – There are endless picture opportunities at the zoo — you won’t want to miss them! Be sure to bring your trusty iPhone or fancier camera and snap away!

General Zoo Visit Tips:

  • The earlier you go, the better! The animals are more active in the morning, as it is cooler (and who doesn’t get excited for breakfast?). It is also less crowded, so you’ll have front row views to all the animals.
  • Bring you student ID. Many zoos will give you a discount off ticket pricing (or free admission) with a valid student ID.
  • Check the calendar before venturing to the zoo. Many zoos host events, whether it is a walk to raise money or lending out their conference rooms for other organizations. These types of events will result in large crowds, so make sure to double check.

Outfit 1

Product Information: Tank- H&M, Shorts- H&M, Sunglasses- Zumiez, Bangle- J Crew, Shoes- ASOS

This preppy outfit checks off all the must-haves for zoo attire: sunglasses, comfy shoes and it looks super cute! The light-weight tank will help to beat the summer heat, while the zebra print shorts are more than appropriate for the zoo (obviously) and the metallic boat shoes give the perfect pop to the outfit. Add a colorful bangle and sleek shades and you’ll be good to go!

Outfit 2

Product Information: Hat-ASOS, Purse- H&M, Dress- Maurices, Necklace- Need Supply Co., Sandals- ASOS

If you’re looking for something a little more girly, this is the ensemble for you. The floral dress will keep you cool and looking great. Instead of sunglasses, I opted for a cute hat to shade your face. With additions like a cute cross-body bag to hold your camera, comfy strappy sandals and a simple mixed metal necklace, you’ll be comfortable (and stylish) all day long.

Outfit 3

Product Information: Shirt- Delia’s, Sunglasses- H&M, Shorts- TopShop, Shoes- H&M

I absolutely fell in love with this adorable penguin shirt — what animal lover wouldn’t!? For a more casual outfit, I paired the tee with colorful orange shorts. Comfy white sneakers and cool aviators are the perfect finishing touches to this really fun and simple outfit.


Could you see yourself wearing these outfits to the zoo? Which is your favorite? Have I convinced you that the zoo is great place to beat being bored? ;) What are some other fun summer activities you like to do? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on on July 5, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “What to Do, What to Wear: 3 Outfit Ideas for Visiting the Zoo”

  1. 1
    July 5th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Cute post idea! I can totally see myself wearing outfit #2! [and the penguin t-shirt is adorable!]

  2. 2
    July 5th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I love all of the outfits :) So cute and so perfect for the Zoo!

  3. 3
    July 5th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Love all the outfits, especially those zebra shorts!

  4. 4
    July 5th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I love all the outfits because they are very cute. I can picture myself wearing any of those. If I go to the zoo this summer, I will definitely wear one of these outfits.
    Nice post!

  5. 5
    July 5th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Love the looks.
    Can you write an article on ” What to wear to a baseball game?”


  6. 6
    July 5th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The second outfit was my fave, most fitting to my sense of style :)

  7. 7
    July 5th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I love the last two outfits! The second is just adorable, and the third is super fun! I like the pop of color those shorts bring. I will defiantly be recreating these looks :) And go to the zoo!

  8. 8
    July 5th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you everyone! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Are there any other specific activities you’d like to see me post on? Please let me know!

    Judy– I can absolutely do an article on that! Baseball games are definitely one of my favorite summer activities. :)

  9. 9
    July 5th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I love these! They are all so adorable. I want the zebra shorts now and the whole second look.

  10. 10
    July 5th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    All the outfits are so cute.

  11. 11
    July 6th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Love love love the penguin outfit. I actually have a penguin shirt and forgot about it. I’ll have to pull it out.

    I definitely second the baseball game idea. I wore a dress once and it rained. It was an absolute disaster! I’d also like to see good outfits to wear to amusement parks, museums (the cold from the air conditioners always throws me), and maybe a cute outfit for shopping at outdoor malls.

  12. 12
    July 6th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I love the chain with the leaf! All are so nice and cute.

  13. 13
    July 6th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I need that penguin shirt. Now.

  14. 14
    July 10th, 2012 at 1:23 am

    One of my secrets about going to the zoo is that I wear a really sparkly necklace. It grabs the attention of the animals and they stare at you! I have an awesome picture of an orangutan eating and pointing at me. A giraffe and some of the smaller primates who are always in the dark noticed too!

  15. 15
    July 19th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post-almost as much as i LOVE LOVE LOVE going to the zoo!! haha, I live close to a very large state of the art zoo and I go very often (it’s too big to see everything in one day!). I love the outfit ideas- except you have to remember to make sure it’s not windy if you wear a dress (I did once and my skirt flew up like Marilyn Monroe! not good!!!). always looking for more outfit ideas for going places.
    some other ideas for places would be: museums, downtown cities (shopping, etc), theaters, amusement parks, and the movies! (am I the only one that has problem choosing outfits for the movies? something comfy, can take having popcorn dropped on it and of course adorable! haha)

  16. 16
    August 1st, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Great outfits, I would never go to a zoo though! I don’t think it is right to pay for animals to be caged up and trapped, often in unnatural climates with a large potential for abuse.

  17. 17
    April 3rd, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I adore the outfit with the sundress! Im actually going to the zoo this weekend and any chance I get to make a dress work for me I take it. This was a great post!

  18. 18
    June 26th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Is leopard print a bad idea to wear to the zoo?

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