Style File: Pulling Off Snakeskin

Style File: Pulling Off Snakeskin

Tips for Pulling off Snakeskin
at Home, at Work, and Out on the Town

Keep it Neutral for Work

First of all, yes, snakeskin can be appropriate for work. In fact, it can be
very subtle and chic at the same time. When done tastefully, it gives off a
feminine, yet powerful vibe. Look for a neutral (think grays or tans) pallet
when choosing a subtly printed snakeskin blouse for work. It’s always nice
to find a classic button down in this sassy print. If you’re still worried,
throw a cardigan over the top and you’re set.

Snakeskin blouse, $218, Equipment
Leather Piped Pencil Skirt, $198, Elie Tahari

Try it with a Pop of Color

For more casual environments, you can really be daring and put a neutral
snakeskin print with a pop of color. Throw on a cute snakeskin print jean
with a bright red silky top for dinner with girlfriends, or wear your black
and white snakeskin pencil skirt with a chartreuse tie neck top for church.
Just remember, make sure that the colored top you’re pairing with your
snakeskin is a solid. With snakeskin being such a small print, it’s best not
to mix it with other prints (unless you’re really daring!).

Python Zip Pocket Skirt, $79.50, Michael Kors
Tie Front Top, $58, Halogen

Accessorize with Snakeskin

The best way to wear snakeskin is with accessories. It takes a lot to commit
to a snakeskin pair of pants but any woman can elevate her wardrobe with
a sassy snakeskin handbag or belt. If you’re a classic, conservative dresser
that wants to spice up her wardrobe, snakeskin is the answer. For this
season, rock a sexy snakeskin handbag with your neutrals and solids and
work and it won’t feel too over the top. If it feels like too much of a
commitment, go for a snakeskin piped handbag or a subtle snakeskin belt.
However, remember that no matter what you do, wearing snakeskin will
always be a statement. Let it speak for itself and keep the rest simple.

Snakeskin purse, $325, Tory Burch

Spice Up Date Night

A sky-high snakeskin heel might not be the most appropriate work day
shoe, but don’t underestimate it on date night. Don’t have the budget to
buy a cute new outfit for Saturday night? Invest in a snakeskin heel and
wear a cute black tee shirt and well fitted jeans. Va-va-voom! Snakeskin or
python heels bring an instant element of danger and mystery to your
ensemble. They add a little sexy to any outfit in a very classy way. Just
make sure you can walk in them first!

Python Heel, $148, Michael Kors

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