Leo is nearly a classic
One of my readers asked me “Why is snakeprint so underused?” Well, it’s complicated. A major reason may be that it has a strong competitor: Leopard. Leopard print has been around already so long that it is nearly a classic in recent years.
In the 60s, leopard print was associated with nightlife and sexy underwear or night gowns. How times and fashion have changed in the last 50 years! In a couple of decades, the current decade will probably be known as the time of the leopard print conquering the daylife and even the office. When in the natural colors of this feline, it acts as a neutral no matter whether its colors are from the ordinary or snowleopard.
Snake print can look ageless like all animal prints when styled in a sopisticated way.Wear snake print as a neutral. #styleadvice Click To Tweet
Animal prints are It right now
The current animal print trend is dominated by this cat’s nice pattern. But what about all the others that we saw on the runways like giraffe, zebra or snakes? They are as easy to style, may be even easier in case of zebra and giraffe. Black and white is a classic. Thus, a white or black skirt or pair of pants and you’ll be office appropriate with a zebra top, blouse, or cardigan. Brown and yellow giraffe works well for all fashionistas whose color palette is Fall.Zebra is a classic with a twist. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
Snakes’ patterns offer great variety
A probable reason why this design is so underrated may be due to the fact that many people are affraid of this long limbless reptile. Then there is also the styling challenge.
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.
The easiest way, of course, is choosing a skin pattern in neutral colors like any shades, tints or hues of brown, tan, or gray. See today’s OOTD as an example. Any solid bright color looks great with this color combination.
How I wear the serpent trend
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 in neutrals. The leather pants are a classic trousers cut. I found them on eBay. As you know, I try to balance my investments in my closet. 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.
A clutch, a pair of pumps or boots with this reptiles imprint have a longer tenure in your wardrobe than a skirt, pair of trousers, dress, blouse or leggings.
Have you jumped the bandwaggon already? What did you buy or what do you plan to add as an update of your wardrobe? Will you splurge or bargin? Just curious.
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