Snake print or snakeskin is one of the trickiest things to wear in fashion, so it’s often relegated only to accessories, shoes, and handbags. We understand the apprehension about wearing snake — it’s not the most versatile of prints, it has a very bold look, and it’s so very easy to go overboard with it.
Nevertheless, here we are challenging you to wear snake print, and wear it on something as integral to an outfit as pants no less. Don’t worry, with our challenge comes 5 tips from famous fashionistas on how to style snake like its your second skin.
Tip #1: Wear with a simple tank.
Instead of treating snakeskin only as a complement, make it the star of your entire outfit. Highlight snake-print pants by placing nondescript articles of clothing like a plain tank top in the background.
In the pictures below, Gwen Stefani demonstrates how a simple white tank complements both skinny and baggy snake-print pants. If you’re feeling brave, pair the pants with skyscraper heels and a bold red lip for a killer casual look.
Gwen Stefani exiting an acupuncture clinic in Los Angeles, California, on March 16, 2015
Gwen Stefani leaving a nail salon in Hollywood, California, on May 15, 2014
Tip #2: Pair with laidback casual pieces.
You can look at this as either toning down the fierceness of snake print or as adding spice to casual pieces. Either way, your style will benefit: you get to pull off snakeskin and your favorite basics get new life. Pull out your old sweater, your everyday handbag, and your beat-up combat boots because as Bar Rafaeli shows in the following photo, they go amazingly well with snake-print jeans:
Bar Rafaeli out shopping in Milan, Italy, on May 17, 2013
Tip #3: Wear bohemia style.
Something about the carefree attitude of bohemian style harmonizes with the boldness of snakeskin. Pick a snake-print pair in a loose and flowy pajama style to get the best of both worlds.
Bar Rafaeli arriving at Novikov restaurant in Mayfair, London, on August 2, 2012
Tip #4: Wear it a la fashionista.
High fashion is where snakeskin is most at home. Wear a skinny pair with a chic blazer, pointy heels, and Hollywood-star sunnies for a fiercely fabulous look.
Cassie outside her hotel in Paris, France, on March 3, 2012
Tip #5: Wear it rocker chic style.
Snake print is glam rock! Kate Moss shows that all that’s needed with snake-print jeans are a leather jacket and tough boots. Outdoor concert grounds optional.
Kate Moss at The 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival held at Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England, on June 25, 2011
From L-R: Seven7 Jeans Jacquard Skinny Jeans in White Snake, $74 / Current/Elliott Slim Crop Snake-Print Jeans, $248 / J Brand “Vesper” Snake-Print Leather Jeans, $1,048 / 7 For All Mankind Snake-Patterm Coated Skinny Jeans, $215
From L-R: Michael Stars Snake-Print Drawstring Pants, $118 /Jessica Simpson “Phoenix” Printed Drawstring Pants, $49 / Joie “Janus” Geo-Snake Jersey Pants, $118 / Joe’s Jeans Python-Snake-Print Silk Pants, $198