Pop stars and snakeskin fashion have long gone hand in hand, phasing in and out as animal prints rise into the forefront of fashion and then disappear into the background again. Some celebrities, like Vanessa Hudgens and Lily Donaldson make the look chic and effortless, while others go a little overboard.
When worn correctly, snakeskin apparel, accessories, and prints offer a fashionable touch of personality to your wardrobe; however, pulling it off takes just the right combination of color, accessories, hair, and makeup to ensure that you are on the “best dressed” list, rather than the worst, a delicate balance of tastefulness and trendiness that must be carefully navigated.
Jennifer Lopez’s “snakeskin everything” outfit has been widely criticized, pairing a snakeskin printed chiffon dress with thigh high snakeskin boots, becoming “too much,” with a busy, dizzying look. In a surprising turn of events, the celebrity who wears snakeskin best and with the most style is Lady Gaga, who uncharacteristically went simple with her hair, makeup, and accessories, allowing her snakeskin dress to stand on its own as the showcase piece that it is.
While most python looks trend towards neutrals like beige and brown, Lady Gaga added a pop of color to the look with a bright yellow print, updating it and making it truly memorable, in a completely different way than Lady Gaga’s outfits are usually memorable.
When you’re wearing snakeskin fashions, take a page out of Lady Gaga’s book and go simple with your hair, makeup, and accessories: snakeskin makes a statement on its own that can be overshadowed by overdoing your ensemble. Whether you’re wearing a snakeskin dress or snakeskin pants, learning the lessons on how and how not to wear the look from the pop stars who pioneered the style guarantee that you will be the center of attention wherever you go.