A Sucker for Snakeskin

I’m a massive animal lover, of course I mean the cute fluffy kind, but also of the beautiful eye-catching and fashionable pieces of animal and snake print clothing and accessories kind!

Back in the day animal prints, and specifically snake, were not looked upon fondly, mainly because the synthetic materials used to recreate bags and shoes were not fantastic and looked cheap, or you had to be insanely rich and wearing the real thing.  Now the high street can recreate incredible snakeskin accessories, in great textures and colour options – you don’t need to play it safe with grey, why not try blue, pink or even yellow?!

For me adding any kind of animal print can really lift an outfit, and if done in the right way it is possible to mix your prints, colours and textures to give a really high end look….we’re talking more Anna Wintour, less Zoolander.

I understand that for us normal folk this is a fairly full-on look, I’m not sure it would look quite as good on the tube as is does on the FROW.  So, if head to toe snakeskin isn’t your thing, a hint here and there will still help you achieve an on trend look. For me nothing looks cooler then hues of denim blue and pale grey snakeskin in the form or a beautiful bag or pair of boots – which are every on the high street at the moment.

One of my favourite things about snakeskin/prints is no matter what the must-wear trend of the season is, there is always a way to squeeze it into that look.  Take 70’s for instance, a snake print pussy-bow blouse teamed with flared jeans and platforms – instant 70’s glamour. How about Rock n Roll chick?  Well just channel your innner Kate Moss teaming a snake print tee with skinny leather trousers, a blazer and sky scrapper heels.

So there you have it, if you’re looking for a little addition to your wardrobe that will add glamour and help out any tired unloved pieces of clothing you may have been considering for the charity shop pile, you’d be a sucker not to consider a sprinkling of snake print.  Here are my current favourites (hover over image for product info), I’m off to purchase the Next sandals right now…payday and the weekend here INe come!

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Shearling – The Jacket Dreams Are Made Of.

Winter is well and truly here and you’re probably already arms deep into your winter wardrobe, which of course means warm and cosy outerwear.

For me a good winter coat or jacket is a ‘necessary’ purchase pretty much every winter season, there is only one style I’m drooling over this winter and its of the shearling variety.  Luckily for me, and more so my husband, I have an old Topshop version which is about 5 years old and still in pretty good condition, but if money were no object, and dreams really came true, in my wardrobe right now would be the awesome Acne shearling biker, which is gracing the backs of pretty much every fashion industry insider, celebrity stylistas and Insta/blogger in the know.

Thanks to Instagram we can all crush on the daily wardrobe choosings of some stylish women out there, one of my favourites in Gala Gonzalez and here she is rocking the very beautiful Acne jacket i would desperately like to get my grubby hands on!

And if you’re looking for further celeb inspiration, you couldn’t ask for better than fashions darlings Sienna Miller and Olivia Palermo.  I love these pics in particular because one is super cool, slightly gritty and very London, whilst the other is a pretty Park Avenue princess, both a great take on the shearling.

But with big beautiful brands come big scary price tags, and with Acnes’ biker jacket coming in at a cool £2,000 its beyond the realms of most mere mortals, hence me pulling out a trusty old faithful from Toppers!

70’s styling has been huge all through the summer and is set to stay for the winter season, so its easy to cover off two of this seasons hottest looks in only one purchase.  I think its also a jacket that can easily style up or down a look, so whether you’re wearing your weekend casual, or a sexy little something to your Christmas party, this jacket will compliment your look.

And if you’re yet to try a shearling coat for fear of looking like Del Boy, head to the high street right now where you’ll find plenty of ways to wear it in style, and at credit card friendly prices.  Here’s my top picks….

Images via Glamour.com, Harpers Bazaar and Justthedesign.com on Pinterest