A couple of years ago, the peerless Carine Roitfeld said, "I think as you get older, the snake is more chic than the leopard." While the high priestess of style was making a valid comment on age-appropriate dressing, the inherent implication of her words--that snakeskin accents are universally cool--is certainly playing out in fashion today. The S/S 11 runways offered a veritable reptile house of serpentine pieces, ranging from the understated, like Reed Krakoff's Python Gym Top Handle Bag ($2790) in the palest gray, to bold looks like the stunning asymmetrical Python/Metallic Leather Skirt ($4639, 212.833.2129) seen at Altuzarra, which was paired with a vibrant yellow Knit Sweater ($1105, 212.833.2129) and Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra Buckle Strap Ankle Wedges ($1405). But while exotic skins are certainly in the spotlight, you don't need the real deal to achieve the look, as today's Under $100 proves! Read on for our homage to pseudo-scales and be sure to check out all of the noteworthy thrifty thrills we found!
Rachel Leigh Stella Snakeskin Bracelets ($72 each)
While you might think snakeskin is a reasonable material for certain accessories--like shoes, bags, and belts--it's actually a wonderful option for baubles too, as Rachel Leigh's bracelets demonstrate! Available in five excellent colors, these narrow bangles have 14k gold-plated pyramid-stud details and offer a cool and unexpected way to sneak this trend into your daily wardrobe!
Topshop Natural Holographic Snake Print Box Chain Bag ($60) in Natural
Whether you have a spate of GNOs on the horizon or a schedule filled with weddings, you need to pick up this killer snake-print bag from the trend gurus at Topshop. The boxy clutch comes with a long chain strap, making it the perfect, versatile option for all your upcoming evening events.
Gap Skinny Faux Snakeskin Belt ($29.95, 212.977.7023) in Neutral
We've been enjoying Gap's wares a great deal lately--everything from their wedges to their wide-leg jeans is looking on point--so we weren't surprised to learn that they're carrying a fabulous faux snakeskin belt. In addition to the price being right, if you're looking for something subtle, this neutral belt might be the ideal accent piece. Neither wide nor narrow and perfectly neutral in tone, this belt is sure to work with a slew of pieces in your closet!
Vince Camuto Renee2 Pump ($98) in Ocean
Typically we think of snake-print pieces in neutral tones, but sometimes they're even better in vivid hues, as this pair of peep-toe heels shows us. We love how these Vince Camuto pumps have such a classic cut, yet the gorgeous blue color and snake-print embossed leather make them a very of-the-moment pick!
Beirn Small Zip Wallet ($95, 212.247.1100) in Grey with Markings
Sometimes you only want to incorporate a touch of a trend in your outfit. If this is the case for you when it comes to snake-print pieces, we simply must suggest picking up this small zip wallet by Beirn. Use it with a larger bag or as your own tiny tote, either way, it's the sort of piece that goes with just about everything!
Dolce Vita Koko Slip-On Flat ($69) in Natural
If you're bored with ballet slippers but not quite ready to move into full-on summer sandals, consider these delicate loafer-like shoes from Dolce Vita. They would look so darling with all of the season's cropped trousers and jeans, plus we think they're the perfect transitional footwear option.
Zara Sandals with Snake Skin Straps ($99.90, 323.935.5041)
Though they are not actually made out of exotic skins, these black and snake-print sandals are beyond chic and look vastly more expensive than they are. With a small, two-inch kitten heel and a slim design, these shoes have a European sophistication, making them an essential purchase!
River Island Faux Snake Leather Bag ($56) in Burgundy
Available on River Island's website this Thursday, this reddish flap bag is definitely worth waiting for! With a chain-link strap, structured shape, and snake accents, this bag will give any outfit a vaguely vintage vibe--always a good thing in our book!