See these great snake print outfit ideas (style guide)
Anne Klein cable knit turtleneck sweater, GNW flanel tights, Söfft shearling buckle booties, Hermes collier de chien leather bracelet, wide statement belt and Altuzarra snake print skirt (all own)
  1. Snake print is an overlooked classic
  2. Snakes’ patterns offer great variety
  3. How to wear the serpent trend
  4. What to wear with snake print shoes and bags
  5. In a nutshell

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Snake print is an overlooked classic

One of my readers asked me “Why is snake print so underused?” Well, it’s complicated. A major reason may be that it has a strong competitor: Leopard. When in the natural colors of this feline, it acts as a neutral, no matter whether its colors are from the ordinary or snow-leopard. On the contrary, this is not the case with snake skin because the reptile can be pretty bold color-wise. Consequently, the print is often overlooked as it is less easy to style. Many women are hesitant because the question “what colors go with snakeskin” hsn’t a one or three words answer. Nevertheless, snake print can look ageless like all animal prints when styled in a sophisticated way. This guide shows you how.

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advanced style outfit with snake print booties

snake print ankle boots

outfit idea how to wear snake print heels in midlife
Outfit details: Snake-print fall booties, unbranded duster, GNW tights, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and eShakti motorcycle dress for an ageless style in fall/winter (all own)

Snakes’ patterns offer great variety

A probable reason why this design is so underrated may be that many people are afraid of this long limbless reptile. Then there is also the color styling challenge. Many women prefer to wear all neutral looks.

Snakes come in all kind of colors and skin pattern. Thus, this trend is a bit harder to style than the feline version. It isn’t necessarily a neutral. But when you apply the same strategy like when styling an ageless look in floral prints, a colorful snakeskin piece can be mixed with stripes or even plaid. The most important things when mixing prints are a definite different size, colors of the same family and grounding them. When pairing a colorful skin with solids, make the snakeskin piece the statement.

Nicole wearing a snakeskin skirt with red top, tights, belt and boots

over 50 years old woman in business casual office look with snake print skirt styled with sweater, tights and boots

Details of snake print, sweater, and belt buckle

fashion blogger donning the snakeskin trend with a skirt
Outfit details: Anne Klein red cable knit turtleneck cashmere sweater, GNW black flannel tights, Söfft shearling booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, wide statement belt and Altuzarra snake print above the knee skirt with side slit (all own) and pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot

The above example is the easiest way to wear snake print. No wonder, because the pattern has all neutrals. Thus, when choosing a skin pattern in neutral colors like any shades, tints or hues of brown, tan, or gray, you can style it like a neutral. Just do it the way you do it with leopard. Any solid bright color looks great with this color combination.

Like this outfit inspiration? Please feel free to pin the look to your own Pinterest board.

How to wear the serpent trend

It’s important to know when to splurge or bargain. I go cheap when it comes to a Must-have item that will be so yesteryear after one or two seasons. When you are a regular reader you may have noticed that I added two skirts with a serpent design. One in burgundy, gray, winter white and one (shown above) in neutrals. Skirts in a straight bor pencil cut with serpent print are evergreens. The leather pants, which I found them on eBay at a bargain, are a classic trousers cut. However, they are leather and hence a bit trendy. As you know, I try to balance my investments in my closet.

The slide show provides outfit ideas how to style snake print clothing ranging from garments, over footwear to bags.

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Stylist’s tip: Invest in a clutch, a pair of pumps or boots with this reptiles imprint. These items will have a longer tenure in your wardrobe than a skirt, pair of trousers, dress, blouse or leggings.

What to wear with snake print shoes and bags

What to wear with snake print boots depends on their color. Skins in neutrals look great with a matching skirt and bold color top or a solid color dress. When the boots have a solid color and just the skin’s texture wearing them with a skirt or dress in the same color elongates the legs. You can also go for a combination that you would do with leather boots in this color (see green tall snakeskin boots in the slide show). See the post at the link for a style guide on how to wear tall boots.

Pumps or booties in snake are best paired with pieces that pick up their colors (see the looks with the green, red and purple snake heels given in the slide show). In case of neutral skin, you can wear them as such (see first example in this post).

How to wear snake print bag works the same way as any printed bag. When you have no experience with patterned bags, apply the above concepts for pairing given for footwear.

In a nutshell

Snake patterns in neutral colors are as easy to style as leopard in its natural colors. Thus, the same style recipes work. When the reptile pattern comes in bold colors, style the piece like you would wear a floral garment of that type. Footwear or bags with the print are evergreens worth the investment.

Have you jumped the bandwagon already? What did you buy or what do you plan to add as an update of your wardrobe? Will you splurge or bargain? Just curious.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. stylishatsixty

    Thank you for sharing so many ways to wear snakeprint. Love – Jill stylishatsixty

  2. I have seen so much in snake print accessories and clothing pieces lately! So hot! I really need to add something to my closet. I love this skirt on you and the red top with it. Also loving how the belt cinches in your waist! So cute!


  3. yourtrueselfblog

    Hi, Nicole — This post is chock full of so many ways you’ve styled animal prints over time! You’ve also really explained how to put it together. May I say: “Bravo!” — Angie

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