Snakeprint is having a moment
Snakes are assocciated with being exotic, at least for all those of us, who live in the sub-Arctic or Arctic. In mid latitudes, they are a rare occurrence. Yes, we learned in school to beware of rattlesnakes and crossed vipers . However, none of us had ever seen one. The only snakes in the “wild” that I saw when living in Germany had two legs except for one blindworm. When I lived in up-state New York, all snakes I had seen where road-kill.
Full disclosure: The first time I saw a live rattlesnake in nature was in the Everglades, Florida. The park ranger said “It’s a rattlesnake.” Not knowing that vocabulary at that time, I stepped towards the animal. I took a photo bending over the rolled up beast! When I came back to Germany after the vacation, a colleague at the office said “Wow that’s a cool photo. One can’t see the glass.” I was like “What glass? I took the photo in the wild.” He said “You are lucky you are alive. It’s a rattlesnake.”
Fashion-wise snake skin is associated with luxury and is expensive. On the contrary, the print costs as much as any other multi-color print. So what’s it about how to create great snake print outfits?
What’s so special about snakeprint is that snakes come in all kind of colors and many pattern. Thus, you have more choice without the risk to go over board. Unless you pick your snake piece in neon colors or a design that looks more like fish scales than snake, you have not to worry about the color like you have to get leopard print right.
A black or white button-down shirt works well with a snakeskin skirt
A black or white crisp button-down shirt, top of sweater is a no-brainer. It’s an eternal classic combination that is also office appropriate. Avoid any top with ruffles. The beast has a certain edge that doesn’t work with ruffles. If you have to go with a lace shirt, go for black, not white. It’s all about keeping the edge.
Try a top in a color of the print
Go beyond black and white for a change. Try a top in a color of the print. It’s not mandatory to have exact the same shade. Close in color is good enough. It hasn’t to be a shirt or blouse. You may try a plain cashmere sweater or even a twinset.
Add the good old blue denim
It’s hard to find something that doesn’t work with denim for the weekend or even Casual Friday.
Add a bold color when you dare
Unlike leopard in its natural colors, snake print may already be the color statement all by itself. However, when you print is in all neutrals, you can add a bold fashion color.
Mix snakeprint with stripes
Mixing patterns is still a do and so super stylish. The easiest is to go with horizontal stripes in colors of the skirt. However, you can also add a floral top when the flowers have a distinct different size than the pattern of your skirt. Read this combination is extremely risky, but breath-taking when you get it right. Resist the urge to add a top in snakeskin print unless you want to disguise as the beast for a Halloween party.
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Top of the World Style Linkup party
Welcome to the 224rd Top of the World Style linkup party! Tanks for coming. Let’s first see who are the awardees from last week.
Style winner: Cheryl
Cheryl of Cheryl Shops is the Top of the World Style Winner.
Readers’ Fav: Jennifer Pickering
You clicked Jennifer Pickering’s post the most. Thus, Jennifer of Effortlessly Sophisticated became Top of the World OOTD readers’ fav.
My Fav: Johanna Grunge
My favorite look was the animal print dress look That Johanna of Johanna Grunge linked up.
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