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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)

Snake print is a classic and often overlooked animal print. Read this guide on how to come up with great snake print outfit ideas whether it’s a scarf, a skirt, pair of pants, bag, boots, … , you name it.

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  1. Snake Print Is an Overlooked Classic
  2. Snake-inspired Patterns Offer Great Variety
  3. Great Snake Print Outfit Ideas to Try
  4. What to Wear with Snake Print Shoes and Bags
  5. Great Snake Print Outfit Ideas 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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snake print ankle boots

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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)

Snake-inspired 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 snake pint skirt with red top, tights, belt and boots

over 50 years old woman in business casual office look with snake pattern 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.

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Great Snake Print Outfit Ideas to Try

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. More on what to wear with a snakeskin skirt.

The leather pants, which I found them on eBay for a bargain, have 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. More on how to wear snake print pants.

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. 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.

Tips to Look Office Appropriate with Snake Print

Snake print reads risky for an office outfit as snake print is often associated with overly sexy or culturally burdened as evil. There are some simple rules to keep snake print office appropriate.

  1. Avoid the sexy route by keeping your cleavage covered and your hem at least knee length if it is a skirt, not too tight when the item are pants
  2. Choose a classic cut for your snake print piece (read: no ruffles, embroidery, fringes added, bell bottoms, etc.)
  3. Make the snake print the statement item in a neutral sense, i.e. add other neutrals. They can be even a (classic) pattern themselves as is shown here. Avoid adding a statement color (like burnt orange, fuchsia, neon anything) that would compete with the snake print for the attention.
  4. Choose a high quality fabric for your snake print piece. You will not wear it often, but for several years to come. Cotton or Lycra knits like in $9.99 leggings (read cheap) make you a fashion victim.
  5. Pick a snake print in a color that looks as natural as a snake in nature. Fantasy snake prints are for kids and Walt Disney movies. 😉
  6. Snake print dress pumps are the easiest way to wear this classic.
  7. Bangles with snake print are an Euro Chic Must-have and always work appropriate.

 

 

midlife woman in office look with snake print and tartan
Sienna Studio ankle length snake print leather pants combined with a classic Burberry plaid blazer, matching button-up Oliveo linen shirt, and Stevens ankle strap pumps (all own) for an office appropriate look

 

Great Snake Print Outfit Ideas 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!

    Carrie

  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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