For the Love of Python

Although snakes are one of my biggest fears, I do admire their beautifully printed skin. From handbags and shoes to skirts and dresses, snakeskin has infiltrated department stores and boutiques for spring 2017. According to GQ’s Justin Fenner, 2016 was the year of snake, primarily because “Snakes hold different places of esteem across different cultures, so depending on where you are, they can represent evil, fertility, rebirth, or healing.” The trend may have roots in the past year, but snakeskin print is taking 2017 by storm. For example, Carven, Altuzarra and Rachel Comey has all incorporated some type of snakeskin print into their Spring 107 Ready-to Wear collections.

Personally, I love the concept of snakeskin print, as it can be such a statement, but also be quite subtle in certain garments. After opening my closet doors, I came to the realization that I own a blue-hued snakeskin print dress, snakeskin print espadrilles, a snakeskin print handbag, snakeskin print athletic leggings and a green-hued snakeskin print off-the-shoulder blouse (pictured to the right). Sarah Young explains, screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-6-33-41-pm
“To add the perfect dose of texture to any outfit if the trend has caught your (snake) eyes, try experimenting with accessories to begin with and choose neutral colours to keep it tame. If you’re looking to make a statement though, the catwalk has shown that snakeskin is by no means confined solely to earthy tones. Opt for a colour washed version; just make sure too keep to one show-stopping piece and always go faux.” Overall, there are almost no rules when it comes to incorporating snakeskin into an outfit!

Scared to try this trend? Start out with something like this Free People crossbody bag or these Steven Madden heels. If you are feeling more confident about this trend, go for something bold like this LPA skirt, this Show Me Your Mumu tunic dress or even a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress.


Works Cited

Fenner, Justin. “It’s Official: 2016 Is the Year of the Snake.” GQ. Conde Nast, August 31 2016. http://www.gq.com/story/snake-print-embroidery-trend

Young, Sarah. “The year of the snake: How to wear this season’s serpentine trend.” The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media,  26 September 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/snakeskin-trend-aw16-gucci-burberry-rodarte-a7321086.html

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Written In The Stars

Astrology, itself, has certainly gained popularity in recent years, and because of this apparel, accessories and everything in between have acquired a zodiac motif. With Cosmopolitan’s weekly horoscopes in their Snapchat story to articles entitled Horoscope-Inspired Outfit Ideas for Every Zodiac Sign and The Spring 2017 Runway Trend You Should Try, Based on Your Zodiac Sign, astrology has truly penetrated the fashion industry.

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My roommate and I wearing our Capricorn and Taurus chokers.

From astrological nail polish to keychains, phone cases and necklaces inscribed with each of the twelve zodiac signs,  fashion brands certainly have found a way to market this trend. Some consumers, like myself, purchase zodiac-related products because they are fascinated and proud of their sign.Others purchase the merchandise as an astrologically themed item can make a great gift, as it is personalized to the recipient, but not overdone.

As a proud Capricorn, I read my horoscope daily and constantly save facts and tidbits about the typical Capricorn on my Pinterest. Personally, I believe that majority of the stereotypical Capricorn traits truly are applicable to my life. Furthermore, my roommate also sees much truth in her sign, Taurus, and we actually have matching beaded chokers with our zodiac signs on a pendant.

Want to uncover the stereotypical fashion sense of your zodiac sign? Visit InStyle to see how the stars influence style. Don’t know your zodiac sign? Find out below!

Aries // March 21-April 19
Taurus // April 20-May 20
Gemini // May 21-June 20
Cancer // June 21-July 22
Leo // July 23-August 22
Virgo // August 23-September 22
Libra // September 23-October 22
Scorpio // October 23-November 21
Sagittarius // November 22-December 21
Capricorn // December 22-January 19
Aquarius // January 20-February 18
Pisces // February 19-March 20