Animal prints have long been the back bone of the fashion industry when it comes to pattern, and rightly so, it’s instinctive one might say. Caveman was wearing animal prints before he even knew it was fashionable, albeit in the form of real skins and fur! So, it makes sense that animal print has largely dominated the style arena – the foundation was set in history, relegating the reptiles to shoes and handbags. After all, how many snakes would it take to make a loin cloth, or more importantly a dress? With the invention of textile printing and the social lean toward “fashionable faux” this or that, it matters not in this era. Now we can have endless lengths of Boa Constrictor or friendly Python wrapped about our person having materialized from a 100 yard by 54-inch bolt!
I speak not with fork tongue (laugh here), but snakeskin and snake print slithered its way back into popularity several months ago. Big fashion houses such as Gucci, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta and Roberto Cavalli presented python mimicking prints on the Milanese runways in spring, and not just for accessories, but pants, skirts and dresses were hissing out some major statements in both neutral tones as well as bold colors.
The reptilian prints are holding strong and snaking their way into some of the fall’s hottest pieces among an overwhelming surge of animal prints trending in every shape and color. High street stores are embracing the animal prints revival and giving some serious leverage to the snake, with an array of garments as well as accessories. The following display is right as you walk in the door at Zara in Scottsdale!
So how does one wear snake print, without looking like Medusa’s offspring?
Let me introduce you to my friend Sunny Leigh Sherman, former fashion designer and one of my favorite style icons whose everyday looks combine high street and high couture pieces to create ensembles that make age look like it stood still about thirty years ago #agelessstyle!
This is me in my very old snake print pants by Joie! Similar look to Sunny, but much more appropriate terrain, don’t you think? Ha ha! I was planning to add side stripes to my pants to modernize them but decided to add black knit cuffs to the ankles instead, they could use the extra length. I tried out the idea with some black tennis wrist bands – it looks super cool (minus the Nike swish)! Will post on Instagram when done! Never discredit a little tweaking to modernize existing pieces.
In an article written by Who What Wear in July this year, they predicted that snakeskin boots will be the hottest boot trend in three months. I’m there already, (bought the Zara boots above) … roll on October!
Let me know if you add some snake print to your fall wardrobe, I would love to hear how you incorporate it.
Oh, and Sunny would love to meet you too, you can follow her on Instagram where she is known as @oldfashionguru and posts daily pictures of her outfits along with great style tips.
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