STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Snake Your Way Through

Style Advice of the Week

Justin Thorton and Thea Bregazzi, the pair behind Preen, sent an array of patchwork snake prints slithering down the runway for their spring 2013 collection during London Fashion Week. Brought to life in sheer lightweight materials, their designs appeared to drift without care throughout the Darwin Centre. The same can’t be said for all snake print pieces — many carry a sense of stiffness about them. However, the right cut can work wonders as the designer duo proved back in September. Although their pieces were light, they were crisp and precise without seeming sloppy. Their mastery over pattern cutting saved what could have been a messy hodgepodge.

Today’s Fashionista emulated the models seen at Preen’s spring 2013 show. Just as they floated before the crowd dressed in looks from the collection, she breezed across the sidewalk on the way to class in an airy snake print button-up. The softness of her blouse was offset by the sharpness of her navy pinstripe blazer, thus effectively hitting both points Preen touched on — structure and ease.

She kept her overall look comfortable and casual by completing her Preen-inspired outfit with a pair of denim shorts and lace-up combat boots to match her chunky woven belt. This Fashionista also gets bonus points for tackling the monochrome trend at the same time in an all blue palette.

Follow in this Fashionista’s style-savvy footsteps by slinking into a snake print tank dress by Just Female. Top the dress with Zara’s Tuxedo Collar Blazer for a tailored element that refines the relaxed nature of the chiffon dress and finish off your outfit with ASOS’ sleek Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots.

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