Snakeskin Cosplay Outfits

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics

Costume play is not limited to specific costumes or themes. Instead, it’s an opportunity for people to dress up like their favorite characters from movies, comic books, cartoon shows, etc. Many of those who participate in cosplay their roles seriously and attempt to recreate a real-life version of their personal favorite moguls. Along with props and makeup comes the attire, and that is where the importance of material and fabric use come in. 

Someone who wants to depict the Joker, for example, is not going to wear a latex suit. But that does not mean the get-up is restricted to what is usually portrayed. Nephrite, a character from an anime show called “Sailor Moon,” is a good model of how dexterous fabrics can be in costume-making. In the cartoon, Nephrite looks to be wearing a cloth-oriented suit. Because his wardrobe is subtle in colors and tone, black snakeskin would work fairly well as Nephrite’s top piece.

Nephrite Cosplay Snakeskin CostumeSnakeskin is usually connected to adjectives like “thick,” or “rough,” but those descriptions don’t apply to the whole. There is snakeskin that is thinner, flexible, has a duller finish, and patterns that are embossed rather than printed. Stretch ability varies, it’s not costly, and it would be something different to fool with.

Cosplay encourages unique costumes or add-ons, too. The evil Spiderman, whose colors are black and silver, could have a suit made from light gray snakeskin, or even have the head piece, if separate, styled from reptilian pattern. A personal twist is always an admirable touch.

Snakeskin is actually a flexible fabric if used creatively. Combinations can be made from its physical qualities to its symbolic ones. There doesn’t seem to be a genre that it cannot work with or around.

 

“Hunger Games”-Katniss Black Snakeskin Outfit

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics

The Hunger Games trilogy exploded overnight, creating a buzz that did not stop until a movie was made. An advantage of a book-to-movie is seeing characters come to life. “The Hunger Games” cast is composed of original personalities, whose costumes are a match to them. This includes Katniss, the main focus of the story.

Hunger Games Black Snakeskin OutfitMany of her costumes are inspired by leathers and/or thicker materials, like her brown leather hunting outfit. For her “tribute parade,” Katniss’s hair is done up like Princess Leia’s, but her costume is far more edgy. There is a lot of snakeskin incorporated. Its finish is glossy, and the lapels resemble the odd curvatures of a snake. The costume fits tightly but not in the spandex or latex style. The material provides room to breathe.

“The Hunger Games” will most likely provide a mass amount of influence for upcoming cosplay and Halloween outfits. It’s a fairly simple costume to reproduce, and it is unisexual, which could make for a great couples-themed costume. A few options to play with, in order to make the costume pop out, would be things like color (maybe a darker brown), or exterior (maybe not as shiny). Faux leather could be added, perhaps to the collar. Snakeskin makes for a cooperative material, and is obviously a way to help accentuate mystery and strength.

 

 

Snakeskin Video Review

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics

This short video shows the balanced combination of a long-sleeve, button up shirt, made out of snakeskin, along with a cute black, leather skirt. The particular print is not overwhelming in color or pattern. The black skirt helps outline the gray tones and scales of the blouse, and the texture of each article compliments the other.

Snakeskin can be difficult to dress with, because of its weight and vivid exterior, but there are numerous styles of reptilian print available. Not all like-fabrics have to be heavy, either. Faux snakeskin is made with materials that can have a mild to strong stretch, are soft on the inside, and thinner than real snakeskin. These factors make it comfortable, as well as stylish, to wear a pair of tight, snakeskin jeans.

Leather can be expensive and is thick, especially if combined with something as bold as snakeskin. Vinyl is an alternative choice because it is cheaper and lighter. Vinyl comes in matte style or patent style. A matte vinyl fabric would go much better with clothing similar to what is being worn in the video. Snakeskin is hyper on its own. Therefore, wearing duller finishes with it can help keep the whole ensemble calm and casual.

Snakeskin Skirts

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics

As the colder seasons approach, people begin to pack their summer-like outfits into boxes, and start to unpack the thicker/warmer clothes. It’s a routine for those who are lucky enough to experience changes in weather and season because we know what we’re in for. But some of us cannot say “goodbye” to things like dresses and skirts. It’s a sacrifice that has to be made, especially if we wear materials, such as snakeskin, that can cheat Mother Nature’s climate change.

Snakeskin is versatile because of its various properties. Textures can be subtle or outrageous; embossed or printed. The same applies to the color range. White may make it harder to see the pattern, but its shine helps the fabric stand out. Typically, faux snakeskin is produced from vinyl. The fabric’s stretch ability depends on color and pattern. For example, black snakeskin has less flexibility, but probably suits the wearer properly for harsher weather conditions. The vinyl helps repel against potential water damage. This is advantageous for us clumsy folk when we inevitably fall into the snow. 

Especially in the autumn season, snakeskin should not be limited to dark motifs. Colors, like the oranges and reds of changing leaves, can be replicated and would show off nicely. For a more business or professional appearance, earthy tones and colors would probably work better. Tops and bottoms create themes for outfits. Vinyl boots would come off as tacky if a snakeskin skirt was already being worn. But switching is always an option, too. Even accessorizing with a snakeskin purse or clutch would add some exoticism.

Snakeskin Belts

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics

black, vinyl snakeskin beltSnakes already look like belts on their own, so why not create or wear one? A belt, that is. They act as accessories for dresses, holder-uppers for pants, and make bold statements without even trying. Like shoes, small indicators of the personality behind the wearer, belts are the same. One made out of snakeskin can make for a great conversation piece, or something for people to gawk at as they pass by. They probably smell better and last longer than a real snake.

If snakeskin jeans are already being worn, do not go overboard. Instead, pick a pair of pants, or a top, that a snakeskin belt could compliment. If the pants are already shiny or made out of a vinyl-like material, wear a belt that has a rougher or duller finish, like a reptile skin with a matte exterior. If a snakeskin vinyl belt can’t be avoided, hopefully, the article it is matching will not overshadow.

red, reptile skin beltAuthentic snakeskin is expensive, but there are other options, such as imitation snakeskin. Not only does it cost less, it can be made out of softer materials and appears real. The combinations of creativity for snake print are endless when it comes to belts. Prints, patterns, textures, colors, etc. can vary for the body, while the buckle could resemble something like a snake head.

Imitation snakeskin is a smart choice because of the different styles and forms it can take on, unlike the actual thing. For example, hot pink is not a natural color, but in the snakeskin print world, it is. If made out of vinyl, it would reflect the sleekness of actual snakeskin. Reptile skin also varies because snakes are not the only cool reptiles to wear. These varieties include animals such as iguanas and crocodiles, whose skin is also exotic and unique.

The common shapes of belts and snakes are thin and narrow, so keep in mind the other clothing being worn in sync. Of course, belts can be wider, but too much of a good thing turns into a bad. Tighter clothes usually go better with belts, especially if produced from reptile skin. Otherwise, there would be no point in showing off such a wild accent.

 

 

Snakeskin Jeans

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics

women's snakeskin jeansJeans are a fun clothing to get playful with. For a rebellious rocker, they can come with holes already in them. For the neon, modern hipster, some jeans are multi-colored and “skinny.” For the tough-skinned individuals, there are jeans made from exotic materials, such as snakeskin. Since the majority of us do not have the time to hunt and skin snakes and reptiles, we rely on fabrics that make us think and feel like we are wearing the real thing.

Snakeskin and reptilian fabrics usually have a rough and rigid-looking exterior, but they can be stretchy and flexible. Many come in a 2-way stretch, which means they only stretch horizontally. This offers less ability to move freely, but can still be relaxed. However, a 4-way stretch fabric stretches both horizontally and vertically. Most are made with a soft, polyester backing, so the fabric is breathable, light, and not harsh on the wearer. Before buying snakeskin fabric, make sure to read about what types of materials are being used on the inside.

reptilian printThe outside of snakeskin fabric is embossed with vinyl, mimicking what some real snakeskin actually looks like. Not all snakeskin jeans have to look like they came off some vermin from a desert in Utah. A spectrum of patterns, colors, and textures exist. Snake prints range from shiny, silver metallic to hot pink reptilian print. The scales can be large, oval shaped, and painted with various colors, or they can be small, pearl-shaped, and a single color. Even crocodile skin can be replicated! Below are some helpful examples showing a few of the many types of snakeskin and reptile print.

 

Moral benefits of faux snakeskin

Category : Reptile fabrics, Snakeskin Fabrics, Upholstery Fabric

Snakeskin has been in the fashion world for awhile now, but a lot of people will not buy it because it goes against their morals. Real skins do in fact come from real snakes, and most people have a problem with wearing something made from snakeskin because of that. Luckily, faux snakeskin has come a long way over the years, and it now looks and feels just like the real deal. The only difference is that you don’t have to worry about any moral dilemmas in buying it. Here are a few other benefits you may look forward to with the faux skin alternative.

Durability
Because faux snakeskin is manmade, it is designed to be more durable than traditional snakeskin. Thus you can get more use out of your clothing and accessories when they are made out of faux snakeskin than you can out of the ones made from traditional snakeskin.

Usability
If you are trying to sew something with snakeskin, it is going to be much easier to do so on the faux option than the real one. Faux skins are made to sew well, so you can create whatever you want to with them.

Affordability
Faux snakeskin is significantly cheaper to buy than real snakeskin, and it still provides the same look in the end. In this state of the economy, any savings you can find will be a positive one. Luckily in this case, you don’t have to make any sacrifices as a result of the savings.

Whether you buy faux snakeskin purely for moral reasons or you like some of the other benefits you can gain from it, you should have no reason to complain about having this fabric in your life if you decide to work with it in the future.

Reptile print bathing suits

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This Summer give the water a little scare with some sexy and hot faux snake skin bathing suits.  Reptile prints are in this Spring/Summer season, and the trend could never be sexier.  Designers are rolling out not only snake skin clothing and accessories, but also incorporating snakeskin printed swimsuits as well.  You might be surprised by this as, in general, snakeskin has been a Fall/Winter season material, however, this season there is a twist to the plain of black and grey colored snakeskin of the past.  We will be seeing snakeskin in non-natural colors that are perfectly fitting for summer time.  Bright neons, oranges, pinks, blues, greens, and purples will be all the rage.

Faux snakeskin bathing suit greenTake a simple string bikini and put bright grass green snakeskin print on it, and it turns into something completely different form the norm.  The top and bottom transform into a beautiful and eye-catching swimsuit that will be sure to be spotted from a distance.  Many people may be worrying about the ability to take such swimsuits into the water, however, these swimsuits are practical using the inexpensive vinyl materials that are able to be put in the water without damaging the material.  Unlike regular snakeskin where you must take be careful to not harm the scales and such, but faux snakeskin makes life so much easier.

If you are truly ambitious you can go to your trusted faux snakeskin fabric retailer and make the perfect fitting snakeskin bikini just for you.  You can create a look like the one-piece one-shoulder bright pink snakeskin swimsuit with simple sewing materials such as the bright pink faux snakeskin fabric, a sewing machine, a pattern, and your measurements.  You can simply sew together your pattern with a sewing machine, and you will be ready to wear your trendy swimsuit.

Reptile print fabric swimsuitAnother popular look for the 2011 season is that of the neutral and natural colored snakeskin.  These more natural colored snakeskins are not of the dark variety, but are of the light grey or of the white variety.  These neutral colors are great for individuals who want to look sexy yet sophisticated, while the swimsuits with the bold and bright colors are more for individuals who are daring and want to be noticed.  If you want to step out of your comfort zone, but you are still not willing to were a neon yellow snakeskin bikini, then a simple grass green or purple snakeskin swimsuit may be appropriate for you as the colors are not too bold, but bold enough to make a statement.

All of these fun and wonderful options for snakeskin swimsuits are available in many stores, and are easy enough for you to make on your own.  Even while you are sitting on the beach or by the pool you can accessorize your plan old swimsuit with some snakeskin accessories such as a sexy snakeskin belts or jewelry.  This simple yet small accessories will bring you into the trends for this year, but will speak volumes especially when they are in bright colors.   For the daring and the laid back, there is sure to be a snakeskin inspired swimsuit look just for you.

Types of reptile fabric

Category : Reptile fabrics

Animal prints are all the rage this season, and reptilian fabrics in particular hold an exotic appeal. But what about the animals from which these fabrics are modeled (or sometimes harvested) from? We’ll take you through all the top types of reptile fabric and the scaly creatures that inspired them.

Alligator fabric

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Snakes, including Pythons and Cobras:

Pythons are some of the most popular snakes in the fashion industry, contributing to innumerous handbags, clothing and shoes. Some python handbags can warrant three hundred dollars or more, while python belts can cost in the hundreds. The boa constrictors of South America’s tropical forests have also suffered dearly at the hands of skin hunters there. Though snakeskin providers allege that their snakes are raised on farms, the truth is that most snakes are hunted by villagers in Indonesia for meager profit. The snake is often brutally killed by a meat hook or nail to the head, at which point an incision is made to the length of the snake so that the skin can be pulled off in one piece. The skinned snakes are left to die a slow, agonizing death.

Crocodilians, including Alligators and Crocodiles:

Though they possess a lifespan of thirty to fifty years, it takes only three years for an alligator to reach the marketable size of five to seven feet on a farm. Despite having been on the endangered species list a few decades ago, alligator hides are still lucrative for the fashion industry.  Farms established all across the United States raise alligators to be slaughtered for their skins. As a Trustee of the Reptile Protection Trust, scientist Clifford Warwick laments the reptiles’ treatment on these farms, illuminating that the gators are often skinned alive for the sake of handbags and coats. According to numbers provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Federation, the alligator hide business quadrupled from 1987 to 1995, wherein 200,000 hides were produced; Britain imported four hundred some skins that year alone.

Often crocodiles are farmed in America as well, and meet the same fate as their alligator comrades. Taking a chisel to their spinal cord, the farmers paralyze the reptiles and begin to cut into their skin as they die. Alternatively, the crocodiles may be clubbed to death with a bludgeon by farmers. Crocodiles are also raised in South Africa, Israel and China for their skin. It’s estimated that two million hides are harvested annually worldwide, but this does not include those skins harvested illegally from crocodilian creatures like the Indonesian Komodo dragon or Philippine monitor lizard, also farmed for skin.

Lizards:

While crocodiles declined to the point of being considered endangered species, lizards began to be used in their stead. Lizards, like snakes, play an important role in the ecosystem. Whereas snakes help contain disease and crop damage by keeping the rodent population in check, lizards do the same in regards to insect populations. Argentinean Red Tegu lizards have been exported in the millions for leather trade, dramatically contributing to the species’ overall decline. Meanwhile, African monitor lizards have also been slaughtered in vast amounts for their skin. The radiant skins of the Amazon Basin’s Caiman Lizards are also south after for boots, such as those manufactured by the Tony Lama Boot Company. One pair of boots required the skin of four lizards and could have a price tag of up to a thousand dollars.

Though it threatens the lives of several rare species of reptiles, the luxury reptile trade nevertheless continues to thrive. Consumers need to be aware of the living creatures whose lives are sacrificed for the sake of their wardrobe. Rather than support the brutalization of these animals, consumers should try to buy faux reptile fabrics, like mock-croc and faux snakeskin goods, as well as materials like PVC, patent leather, and other artificial, man-made materials.