There could be better things happening in the world right now, but what better to brighten your mood (and distract you) than some colored snakeskin?? While I'm #socialdistancing, I've chosen to make the most of my time at home and share one trick to making any outfit POP.
My first pair of snakeskin boots were bought on Poshmark (after stalking the price online). I finally found a (hardly) used pair for under $150 and treated myself. I get so many compliments and questions about my spunky, snakeskin boots that in recent months I've added a second pair on a trip to NYC with my mom. My Instagram followers are the inspiration behind this post, and now I'm giving you all the details - how I picked them, why I love them, and tips for styling.
THE PERFECT ACCESSORY
Boots are a perfect accessory because they allow you to add personality to any look yet are extremely practical. Gotta wear shoes, right? Right. And what better way to accessorize a look than with a POP of color and pattern? I personally LOVE Sam Edelman's selection of snakeskin boots because the brand has a variety of colors, styles, heel heights. Both pairs in this post are Sam Edelman and are extremely comfortable with enough stretch in the boot to fit my calves.
PICK YOUR COLOR
This is the fun part! If you're into bold style, pick a color that speaks to you. If color + pattern is intimidating to you (it's a lot going on, I get it), consider a more subtle hues of color. I've linked my yellow boots below along with some more subtle options I love for those of you looking to ease into snakeskin. I really love the variety here - and your color selection really depends on how you plan to style them!
HOW TO STYLE
Did someone say styling?? At first, styling these boots seemed like a challenge, but the more I thought about it, I soon realized I wanted to create looks that let the boots shine! Once I decided that, styling the boots became a breeze.
Tips for styling snakeskin boots for everyday:
Pair with simple, neutral pieces. In both looks highlighted here, I kept my colors pretty neutral - blacks, whites, browns. My go-to pairing is a snakeskin boots + neutral sweater-dress.
Tie the boots into the look with color. If you want to tie colored boots into your look, use a colored vest or chunky necklace to make the look cohesive.
Focus on fit of your clothes, not flair. While I choose to let the boots speak for themselves by pairing them with neutral outfits, I never compromise on fit. In my mind, a bold boot calls for strong fit. Example: My black Maggie London romper is the perfect balance of fit and femininity: shorts, clean lines, and a pussy bow tie. I'm only 5'4" and knee-high boots tend to make my legs appear shorter, so I used a brown, skinny belt to accentuate my natural waist, giving the illusion of longer legs. Altogether, the powerful fit complements the bold boots and gives the look a powerful vibe.
Keep additional accessories to a minimum. If you notice, both looks I've styled with my boots have kept additional accessories to a minimum to prevent visual overcrowding in the look. I wore drop earrings with both looks. My ears are far from my feet (duh) so it helped to dissipate the "POP" of the boots, but I wanted to wear earrings to give the look a polished feel.
SHOP SPUNKY SNAKESKIN:
Do you own snakeskin boots? They can seem daunting at first, but once you try them on, the POP of color is addicting. The pairs I own were both under $150, and while I know not everyone is willing to spend $100+ on boots, I included these boots in my 5 Investments Pieces Worth Every $ because they are worth every penny.
If you feel inspired, comment on this post, share on Pinterest, send to a friend, and/or recreate it with your own personal flair. Don't forget to tag me! For more style inspiration, check out my previous looks under the STYLE tab and follow me on Pinterest! Keep up with my everyday looks by following me on Instagram.
Until next time,