Friday, September 16, 2011

How to Wear Python Print Without Spending a lot or Looking Like a Whore

Python is big this Fall, and almost every retailer is carrying some version of the print.
Like other animal prints, it can be tricky to wear and can come off as tacky if you do it wrong.

The tricks to doing it right:
  • Make sure the python pieces themselves are classic, simple shapes and not too revealing or risque.
  • Pair your python with solid, muted colors to let it stand out.
  • Only buy python in natural colors like gray, green, and tan. Dyed python print like bright blue or pink looks cheap and childish.
  • No python pants ever. They make you look like a hooker.
Here are some examples of items you can work into your wardrobe pretty easily, and they are all under $100, so you can afford to experiment with the trend:

$19.90 Express Python Tights
Wear these gray tights with a  black sweater dress or a cream wool skirt that hits right above the knee.

$19.80 F21 Snake Print Top
This light long-sleeved top is great for weekends or to wear as a layering piece under a tailored jacket for work. What makes it work is the high neckline and simple cut. A lower neckline or lots of arm showing would have made it low-class.

$79.50 Michael Michael Kors Python Skirt
The demure length and straight pencil cut make this an appropriate option for work. The image above is styled nicely with black tights and a dark shirt tucked in to the top. You want to tuck in with a wild printed skirt to show its full length. An untucked shirt would make the skirt look shorter and too sexy.

$76.90 Kenneth Cole NY Python print dress
Again, the basic color, high neck line, and knee length make this dress wearable. I would sew up that slit a little, or add some hooks and eyes so I could keep it closed at work.

$68 Bindya Python Print Scarf
You can't go wrong with a small amount of python on your accessories. Wear this scarf with solid color (any color) shirts or dresses, and when it gets colder, it would look great peeking out of a black pea coat.

Doesn't it look soft and expensive?

$34.50 Loft Python Hinged Cuff
This also comes in silver, but I think that one looks cheaper. You can wear this with pretty much any outfit from a dress to jeans.

$19 Kate Landry Python Print wristlet
This small pop of python can liven up your outfit and take it from day to evening.

$88 Calvin Klein Dolly Classic Python Pump
If you are going for python shoes, I think closed-toe and low heel is the way to do it. For a sexy night out, do the high heel sandal thing, but you will get way more use out of a neutral pair of mid-height heels like these.

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