About two years ago, I looked in my closet and I realized it looked like I had a personality disorder. There were so many prints—stripes and polka dots mainly—that nothing went together. I literally had a couple solid-colored shirts that I’d wear with everything else.As I transitioned from college to the real world, I vowed to invest in wardrobe-building pieces in solid colors, or in reliable mix-worthy prints. I stocked up on skinny trousers, designer jeans, tailored blazers, comfortable-yet-sexy pumps in a variety of shades, and silk blouses. Pencil skirts, lace tops, chambray button downs and other wardrobe staples also made the cut. Accessories—clutches, bangles and baubles— are gold, just to keep things simple and classic.
There are a few key prints—navy and white stripes, watercolor florals and leopard print—that mix well with lots of other wardrobe staples. Beyond that, you have to be careful. When shopping, I strive to buy items that will work with at least 10 other items in my closet.
Previously, I’d snubbed snakeskin. But, lately, I’ve been singing a different tune. Snakeskin accessories—a clutch or pumps—can add subtle texture to an otherwise solid outfit.
Solid top and blazer with jeans or black pants? Throw on some snakeskin pumps.
Boring black suit in the office? Put on some snakeskin pumps in lieu of your regular black pair.
You can pretty much wear snakeskin pumps with solid colored dresses of any kind.
Personally, taking a cue from a page in Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue, I’m loving a little red dress with snakeskin pumps.
Piggybacking off of that, I love the serpentine subtly with all things red-and-tan. Or tan-and-black. Both looks are sophisticated-yet-simple.
Khaki trousers, a red blouse and snakeskin pumps? Yes.
As we speak, I’m wearing my newly purchased snakeskin pumps with my red J.Crew mini pants and a camel colored sweater with cute little elbow patches.
As it warms up, wear said pumps with a white or ivory dress. Monochromatic neutrals were a big hit on the Spring 2012 fashion week runways.
Snakeskin shoes have been spotten on some of my favorite fashion blogs– like these snakeskin Louboutins on Sea of Shoes.
And these stunning booties on Atlantic Pacific.
Here are my picks.
Michael Kors Snakeskin Pumps, $250, Neiman Marcus
Pour La Victorie Irina II Pump, $150, Endless.
Ivanka Trump Pinksy Platform Pump, $104, Endless.
Enzo Angiolini Smiles Pump, $99, Endless.
Snakeskin Pumps, $50, Zara.