Sleek snakeskin is making a splash this season on everything from cute shoulder bags, as seen by Lanvin who showed a slew of python purses, to sexy snakeskin gladiator heels à la Nicholas Kirkwood. Best of all, this trend is not only ultra-chic but it also helps to rid South Florida of a rather large python problem, which has threatened the native wildlife and national parks. Designers like handbag visionary Zarsky, have started using 100% natural Florida python for their upcoming lines. This lux reptilian print trend has been a huge favorite on the runways this year, with tons of polished and modern interpretations of the snakeskin look being shown at the S/S 2013 shows of Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg and Brian Atwood, to name a few.  Over all this season’s take on the snakeskin is all about mixing this animalistic print with classic lines and silhouette, creating a simple, elegant and fierce look.

Snakeskin in 2013 isn’t just for a night on the town, believe it or not a little snakeskin can help you liven up your typically office wardrobe.  Take a cue from Phillip Lim and opt for a totally office appropriate rose tinted snakeskin tote paired with a sleek black-on-black work suit. A purse like this is the perfect blend of functional and fashionable, plus it’s got plenty of space for your tablet, laptop and any other work essentials.

For a fun retro take on this trend (that’s just perfect for girls night) take a fashion hint from Kerry Washington who recently donned a green snakeskin print Gucci Spring 2013 sleeveless shift dress.  And while Kerry paired her dress with trendy ankle strap heels you could also opt for cute bow pumps or even simple strappy sandals.

Try The Trend Tips
If you plan on slithering into a chic snakeskin piece (and we highly suggest that you do!) keep these little style tips in mind.

For the warm weather months of summer look for lightweight snakeskin pieces like sheer shirts, tiny off the shoulder bags and silky summer scarves. Items like this will help you transition this typically fall oriented trend into summer.

Go for snakeskin print items in feel-good bright hues like sunshine yellow or Tiffany blue,  summery hues will help to brighten up this trend making it more wearable for everyday casual outings