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 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.


Cosplay costumes with snakeskin

Category : Snakeskin Fabrics

Snakeskin fabric is extremely versatile and likewise has great potential for any number of costumes. Snakeskin possesses an inherent intrigue and mystique due to its pattern, which presents variances in shade and texture. As such, it can play a very effective role in seductress costumes, contributing an exotic allure and sense of dangerous beauty.

Faux crocodile fabric

Faux snakeskin and reptilian fabrics:

Devil costume with snakeskin print fabric.This devilish diva’s costume plays up snakeskin’s steamy sex appeal to a tee. Here the cinnamon red shades of glimmering polyester snakeskin fabric contrast against the bright reds present in the velvety cape, providing a hard, urban edge to this otherworldly costume. The material is perfect for a chic mini tube-dress, making the overall costume nefariously feminine and deviously delectable.

Black cat costume made from stretch vinyl fabric.Similarly, this black cat costume contributes a sleek, sexy appeal while still remaining playful with its fluffy faux fur trimmings. Though the snakeskin pattern itself is not noticeable against this black polyester material, the light gleaming off the “scales” of the fabric really makes this look come alive. It also pairs perfectly with these PVC patent leather boots pictured.  As a lightweight, stretchy material, polyester snakeskin is the preferred fabric in these feminine costumes (as opposed to PVC) due to its ability to provide movement while hugging curves.

If, on the other hand, a masculine look is desired, it is better attained by using a harder PVC patent vinyl medium. For instance, in these military-style uniforms (pictured left) of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon characters General Kunzite (left) and Nephrite (right), PVC is used to convey the stiff austerity of these generals. Though the original characters’ outfits don’t use snakeskin, it was an ingenious stylistic choice on the part of these costumes’ creator. In Kunzite’s black uniform, the scaly texture plays off the lights and creates an almost metallic effect. Considering the very theatrical look of the character’s authentic costume on the show, and the character’s role as a dark and mysterious but engaging and often charming villain, the choice of snakeskin was a very appropriate choice.

Moreover, the black vinyl snakeskin is rugged and authoritative, conveying the character’s hardened persona as a leader of the generals. Meanwhile, the smooth red, suede-like snakeskin fabric that constitutes Nephrite’s costume reflects the more vulnerable, human side of that character. At the same time, the red and black shades complement the character’s similarly colored hair and ultimately identify the character as a hot-headed villain. Without the addition of snakeskin in these costumes, the intrigue provided by the variances of light and color would be lost.

Snakeskin pimp costume.Likewise, the hot pink snakeskin-patterned PVC fabric used in this gangster pimp costume demonstrates another expert choice for this material. The sleek appearance of the vinyl snakeskin suggests an oily, sleazy personality which the snakeskin pattern (especially in this loud, garish pink) only elaborates upon. Whereas a slick pink suit would typically look out of place for a pimp, the snakeskin print adds an urban toughness that hardens the entire character of the suit. Moreover, variances in color and texture provided by the snakeskin make the costume not only flashy but interesting.

Snakeskin print jacket.Finally, let’s not forget Woody Harrelson’s zombie-killing, snakeskin-clad character in Zombieland! The sharp, rugged snakeskin jacket serves as a distinguishing centerpiece to this otherwise simple, fun costume. Paired with faded blue jeans and a Crocodile Dundee-esque hat, this jacket serves as the ultimate symbol of a toughened, survival-minded individual, and makes no question about its origin; the bold snakeskin pattern is immediately recognizable and thus makes a broad statement. Using snakeskin-styled faux leather, you could easily and inexpensively recreate this jacket for cosplay or everyday wear. (Zombieland photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Paired with a variety of colors and fabrics, snakeskin can convey a vast number of moods and personalities, likewise making it a highly adaptive fabric perfect for any number of cosplay or costume projects. Whether you choose to boldly parade snakeskin or wear it more subtly, the fabric always adds something unique and intriguing to your costume. So, when gearing up for your next cosplay convention or costume party, consider incorporating snakeskin fabric into your outfit!