Fall Trend 2012: Snakeskin

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So what do you think of snakeskin? Some women think of it as a little trendy, a bit on the wild side or just too edgy for their style. I know women who will not even go near it because of their fear of snakes. I hate snakes with a passion, but I’m drawn to certain snakeskin prints especially in shoes/boots.

Snakeskin prints are a great way to add a little interest if you are a “neutrals only” gal. Many customers I know simply are drawn to shades of gray, taupe, cream and of course black. When then add color they feel conspicous and do not like the attention color can bring. Some don’t like color around their faces. Snakeskin accessories are a way to add a little something extra without color.

I like the texure and variety that snakeskin offers with accessories. I purchased my first snakeskin piece (other than a belt) at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale by Sam Edelman. I haven’t worn them yet, but I’m hopeful they will work for me. They are now on sale again. I liked them because they have more of the brown tones vs gray. Snakeskin can really take on different shades of black/gray or brown.

 

Snakeskin has been popular the last couple of years. I think this fall you are seeing more than ever. Below is a layout I create for my Nordstrom board on Pinterest. Start with a small accessory if you’re unsure and see what you think of snakeskin!

 

Snakeskin Separates and Accessories
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Let’s Hear it for Spring Shoes!

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I just looked at the date of my last post and said to myself, “What in the world?” I intentionally took some time off from writing, but certainly didn’t mean for it to be this long before I wrote a post again!

I want to thank all of you who took the time to give me some feedback. I really appreciate your input. You are still welcome to contact me anytime if you have an idea you would like me to cover.

I’ve been doing a little research, gathering some new ideas for Giveaways, and now it’s on to shoes for spring. It may be a bit before we can wear spring/summer shoes in the Northwest, but if you live in a warm climate or traveling this spring, this should give you some ideas!

 Last year I wrote about wedges and you will see some of those same styles in the stores this year.

Let me just say that there are is a LOT of choice this season. First off– the flats category with nearly 700 choices at Nordstrom. Unless it’s a torrential downpour, you should be able to wear many of these styles right now.

Let me narrow it down for you a little. Here are a few of my favorites determined by price point, comfort and style. If you scroll over the photo, you will see the brand name and style name. This allows you to take that info and search your favorite shoe site. For example, choice #1 is: me too kaden. The brand name is ME TOO and the style name is KADEN. You can use Google to do price comparisons on this style or just place that info in the search box of the site you are looking at. Comparison shopping made easy for you!


 What to wear with flats? As you can see below, just about everything.

Fabulous flats

J Crew long pencil skirt
$80 - jcrew.com

Walking shorts
$60 - lordandtaylor.com

Vince Camuto cropped capri pants
$60 - vincecamuto.com

Skinny jeans
$76 - topshop.com

Vince corduroy pants
$117 - my-wardrobe.com

Sofft flat heels
$99 - macys.com

Flat heels
$80 - macys.com

Me Too slip on shoes
$89 - zappos.com

Me Too slip on flat
$89 - piperlime.gap.com

Franco Sarto flat shoes
$79 - zappos.com

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Red Hot for the Holidays

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Red Hot

Dkny dress
$250 - stylebop.com

Party blouse
$55 - modcloth.com

High collar coat
$150 - modcloth.com

TOMS red shoes
$54 - toms.com

Hunter tall boots
$125 - nordstrom.com

Vince Camuto stiletto heels
$108 - heels.com

Dorothy Perkins red jewelry
$17 - dorothyperkins.com

Worthington red necklace
$20 - jcpenney.com

Post earrings
$19 - jcpenney.com

Agate necklace
$100 - jcpenney.com

Tulle Clothing ruffle scarve
$35 - modcloth.com

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Special Occasion: Classic and Elegant

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What to Wear: Lunch or Dinner

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Here is a great dress to wear for a nicer lunch or casual dinner. It can be dressed up a little more by adding different jewelry or a higher heel.

Notes: The turquoise jewelry is a great combination with brown. It’s easier to tie it all together when you have some brown coloring in the stones. Notice the necklace is on a brown cord. I often choose earrings and bracelets that are “multi-stoned” or “mixed metals”. This allows much more versatility with your jewelry and keeps you from the “matchy-matchy” look. I will continue to share examples of this in upcoming posts.

Piecing it Together

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Here it is–your first layout of a complete outfit! I have to admit, this is fun. It brings me back to the days I used to spend playing paper dolls as a little girl. Anyone relate to that? You could layer pieces and create outfits quickly. It also reminds me of playing Barbie dolls. I spent hours changing outfits and always wanting more choices. Then I moved up to a larger “Velvet” doll with blond hair that grew. My sister-in-law made clothes for her, and how I would debate about the patterns and fabrics I wanted. Oh my, I guess all this really did start at an early age for me.

I wanted to create a versatile outfit that could be worn several places: Casual summer party, the movies, work, casual lunch or dinner. I often hear from women: What do I wear to ________?  How do I put something together to go_______? I chose khaki, red and neutral shades of creme and brown as it is a pretty versatile combination. I like the darker shades of khaki. Khaki can be overdone and it can be really unflattering in the wrong shade/style. It can be so BLAH! If you’ve been turned off by khaki, perhaps this is why. 

1. Khaki skirt should sit right below, right at the knee or perhaps just above depending on what is age appropriate or suitable for your height and body type. This basic neutral can be substituted for ankle length pants in the same color. I like skirts. They stand out, are cooler than pants and often more comfortable and flattering.

 2. Red/white striped tank could be belted and worn out if it is not too long on you with a skirt. Could also be tucked in with belt worn around skirt’s waistband. Skirts have higher waistbands and you can get by with tucking in when it’s belted. 

 3. Fly-away cardigan is lighter weight and often cooler than regular style cardigans. If you don’t like bare arms, this is a good choice. 

 4. Accessories: I added a mixture of color and neutrals. Red is bold and you want to be careful about adding too many red accessories. The neutrals just blended well. I would NOT wear all those pieces of jewelry together. Find your focal point–one bold piece with the others more subdued. I gave 3 choices with necklace, earrings and a bracelet. At the bottom of the layout, I added in pieces that could be substituted: 

-higher heel to dress things up a little 

-denim jacket could dress it down 

 -pants if you dislike skirts 

 -white top if stripes aren’t your thing. If you nix the stripes, you could add in another colored accessory.  

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