Connecting to nature
through the patterns we wear
Fashion has always been highly influenced by the beauty found in nature—the textures of plants, the vast array of colors and of course the patterns we see on animals. Wearing these textures, patterns and colors touch on something deep in our subconscious, a yearning to connect and maybe be more a part of nature.
Snakeskin’s pattern is a wonderful example—wearing this pattern feeds our instinctive desire for rebellion, exuding a fierceness that helps us feel powerful. It is no wonder it has been named the favorite print of winter 2019. Though the snakeskin print is undoubtedly eye-catching, the natural hues allow for different color and patterns to be added to the looks that incorporate snakeskin prints.
We are excited about the resurrection of this fierce print in 2019 and found 5 sustainably-made pieces that are the perfect start to incorporating it into a wardrobe:
1. Primrose Dress by Reformation, $248 | We love this feminine and elegant wrap dress mixed with the fierceness of the snakeskin print. Made sustainably in Los Angeles out of lightweight viscose fabric.
2. Jazz Faux Snakeskin Vegan Chelsea boots by Beyond Skin, £110 | For the perfect bold boot, these are sustainability made from vegan leather, recycled PU and finished with a plant-based coating.
3. About Last Night Clutch by Gunas, $295 | This sophisticated clutch is made using a technique that creates plant-based leather out of handmade paper from Mulberry leaves pulp.
4. Joselyne Mule by Able, $138 | Again, soft femininity is balanced with the powerful snakeskin print. These timeless mules can easily be worn to dress up your work outfit or add a sexy detail for a night out. Made ethically in Peru.
5. Vintage Dolce & Gabbana Pencil Skirt by FarFetch, $438 | We love this online mecca for designer vintage apparel and accessories. This vintage pencil skirt from Dolce & Gabbana is made from Silk & Nylon. FarFetch also has a plethora of other vintage snakeskin printed clothing in a variety of different silhouettes.
Courtney Jay Higgins is the Associate Editor at The Good Trade. She is also a Yoga Instructor, vegetarian, wellness and fashion enthusiast. Originally from Colorado, her soul found California when she came to get her degree in Visual Communications at the Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising. She has a background in telling a story through writing, creative direction and content creation. Check out her blog and Instagram for her unique perspective on the mergence of fashion and spirituality.