It’s 1958. Paddington Station. Train wheels screech, steam rises and our heroine steps off the train.
A vision of soigné style, she sports a swingy car coat, brown snakeskin frame bag and matching snakeskin pumps.
For the fashionable, mid-century woman, handbags and heels crafted in exotic, costly snakeskin were the ultimate accessory and status symbol. Traditionally, these pricey pieces were worn with a certain formality: Snakeskin peep-toes might be paired with silk hose and a gabardine pencil skirt, but never with bare legs or boyfriend jeans.
Today snake carries the same chic factor as it did back in the day, but modern technology and mass manufacture have democratized snake-effect accessories. And with the new egalitarian spirit, comes new, more casual ways to wear exotic-embossed leathers.
And who better to demonstrate snake’s alluring and enduring power than Christine Petric of The View from 5 ft 2? An expert at mixing high and low pieces in novel, flattering and leg-lengthening ways, Christine here styles the Fandy—a versatile python-stamped leather stiletto—in two cool, weekend looks.
“I love that the python sandals make a simple look feel more dressed up for an unexpected night out on the town,” notes Christine. “The heels make for a stylish but comfortable twist on a casual look.”
Follow Christine’s lead and use these textured heels to enhance off-duty denim.
For her first outfit, Christine chose a print silk blouse and color-blocked cardigan. Rather than reaching for a predictable, beige pump, Christine punctuates the outfit with a wild card: the snake-stamped Fandy. While mixed prints can be tricky to pull-off, beige, grey and white snake-print performs like a neutral, letting you add additional patterns with confidence.
For her second look, Christine uses the Fandy to add oomph to two casual classics, a trench coat and white denim. Notice how Christine creates maximum impact by keeping a single-note, creamy palette—breaking up the monochromatic outfit with just a pop of royal blue in her shirt and black leather sleeves on the trench.
Totally on-trend today, snake-stamped pieces retain an elegant and luxurious feel that hearkens back to more formal times. Take a cue from Christine. Next time you reach for neutral, champagne shoes, opt instead for stylish, snaky heels that leave a lasting, glamorous impression.