Fall Fashion: Snakeskin Purse Buying Guide

Snakeskin is often thought of when western styles come into fashion. The cowboy boot of the 70’s was one of the first appearances of this gritty, punchy, sexy print/fabric accessory. Never has snakeskin been more visible in fashion than in this year’s fall collections. Fall’s snakeskin purses are hot and sexy in coin purse, handbag, or satchel sizes; hobo or doctor bag styles. Real or faux, don’t leave home without the python. So, you know snakeskin purses are a fall must-have but where can you buy them? Keep reading this fall snakeskin purse buying guide to find out where to buy high-end and mid-line designer snakeskin purses and affordable knock-off versions.

High-End Snakeskin Purses
If you are in the market for a top of the line designer purse there are some fabulous choices but be quick about it because the wait lists on some are already very long. Even if you can’t snag a bag this expensive, check out the pictures on these sites to get an idea of the look you want at a more reasonable price.

Neiman Marcus (Online)-http://www.neimanmarcus.com

Silverado Python Satchel (Chloe) – $2,150.00
This brown purse has tan accents, gold hardware and studs, a zip top and snap tab. At $2,150.00 this is quite an investment but with the Silverado Python Satchel you’ll be getting a classy bowling bag shaped purse with plenty of room for the essentials and extra side pockets for incidentals. This is a great neutral colored piece to add to your day-wear collection.

California residents be warned, the site states that the Silverado Python Satchel is not available in California.

Silverado Python Doctor Bag (Chloe) – $2,150.00
The Silverado Python Doctor Bag is brown with gold studded trim, a zip top with a tab, and side pockets. If you are tired of teeny tiny little lipstick purses that do nothing but sit there and look pretty, this bag is a good alternative. At 17 1/6″ high, 8″ wide, and 6 1/3″ deep the Silverado Python Doctor Bag won’t work as an overnight carry-all, but it will get you to and from your daily appointments with everything you need. This is a casual day and night piece.

Also not available in California.

Python Doctor Bag (Chloe) – $2,245.00
Chloe’s metallic gold Python Doctor Bag with brown leather trim is the perfect neutral shade to go with just about any day time ensemble, most appropriately suited to casual outings. The bag has large gold studs, a shoulder strap, a zip top with a snap tab, and side flap pockets.

Also not available in California.

Medium Python Satchel, Silver (Chloe) – $2,330.00
Silver/taupe python with leather, pewter studs, shoulder straps, and zip top with a snap tab. Most appropriate for casual day time wear, this could also be paired with jeans for a casual evening out. This bag is not going to match with just anything and is more flashy and trendy than classic.

Also not available in California.

Python Silverado Hobo, Medium (Chloe) – $2,845.00
The same color as the Medium Python Satchel, Silver, listed above; the hobo offers a slightly different shape. Metallic silver python with black leather trim, silver hardware and studs. The hobo has room for all the casual occasion needs: wallet, make-up, a book, etc.; it has a shoulder strap, zip top with a snap tab, and additional side flap pockets. This purse is a definite casual wear item-day or evening, most likely would appeal to teenagers and twenty somethings.

Also not available in California.

Python Chain Satchel (Marc Jacobs) – $2,500.00
Brown with dark brown python leather, gold hardware, chain shoulder strap, zip top and push-lock on gathered front. The Python Chain Satchel is just right for casual day or night occasions and could also be used for work. This hip but classic bag in an easily matchable shade is a perfect accessory centerpiece.

Karen Python Handle Bag (Marc Jacobs) – $2,800.00
This is the classic clubbing or bar-hopping bag, if ever there was one. Tan/brown “smoke” python with gold hardware (including a chain link belt sort of accent), and a kiss-lock closure.

Also not available in California.

Jim Python Satchel (Loro Piana) – $2,870.00
This is casual wear all the way and there is plenty of room in this purse for whatever may be called for. In the style of a beach tote, this bag is 11 1/2″ high and 15″ wide, in topaz brown/ beige python with dark brown leather trim. It has gold hardware, top handles, and an open top with an extended tab closure.

Ava Python Shoulder Bag (Be & D) – $2,680.00
In cognac brown/tan python, with gold hardware, adjustable shoulder strap, and open top with snap closure. This is a totally casual bag, so if you want a bag that just looks good with jeans and a blazer this is the one. It’s a little flashy to be easily matched with prints but would do well with solids for casual days or nights out.

Crawford Python Hobo, Large (Be & D) – $3,380.00
Same print as the python shoulder bag listed above, cognac brown/tan python, with gold hardware, adjustable shoulder strap, and open top with snap closure.

It is safe to assume that Neiman Marcus’s in-store stock is at least fairly similar to their online stock so you shouldn’t have trouble tracking one of these bags down offline if you so choose. If you are purchasing online be forewarned that they often pull bags from their “handbags/accessories” section on a day-to-day basis so you may not find what you’re looking for by just clicking that category. Instead, try typing in the designer and name of the bag in the search box at the top of the page.

Judith Leiber (Online)-http://judithleiber.com/

Flap Clutch Day Bag (Judith Leiber) – $1,995.00
A python flap clutch in brown with leather trim and turn lock closure. This clutch has several inside pockets as well as a double sided mirror and coin purse included. Though more appropriate for day this could also be worn casually at night.

Hobo Day Bag (Judith Leiber) – $2,395.00
Brown mini flap semi-circle shape purse, with turn-lock closure, suede lining, inside zip pocket, and mirror and coin purse included. This bag, as well as the one above, can be worn for day and casually at night.

Mid-Line Snakeskin Purses

Bloomingdales (Online)-http://www.bloomingdales.com/

Suede and Python-Embossed Hobo (Cole Haan) – $295.00
Chocolate brown python, snap closure, cell phone and extra pockets. 16 1/2″ wide, 9″ high, 4 1/2″ deep. This bag is not only roomy and affordable but it’s also right for just about anything-day or evening, work or the club or bar. This bag has style and class.

Intermix (Online)-http://www.intermixonline.com

Lorelei Slim Python Clutch – $450.00
This is a tiny bag, only take what is absolutely needed when carrying this clutch. It has a hinged closure and a metallic shine. The Lorelei Slim Python Clutch is elegant and sophisticated, it works for both formal and casual outings. So far this purse is only available in pink but the site shows white and gold as well.

Cheapies

Smart Bargains (Online)-http://www.smartbargains.com

Pink Snakeskin Hobo Bag (DKNY) – $97.98
There are only two of these left so act fast. This pink bag has a single snap closure and a v pattern on the front and back.

Snakeskin Braided Trim Hobo Bag – $50.00
This hobo bag is a great, cheap, faux alternative to the pricey designer snakeskin bags. It has a flap over closure with a clasp and is just the right size for the basic “hanging out” essentials.

Leather Snakeskin Hobo (Bicchi by Ted Benson) – $69.99
There are only six of these left, so if you want this one, jump on it. It has teal and black leather snakeskin, with silver hardware, an adjustable strap, and zip closure.

Snakeskin purses are in high demand so if you decide to go high-end or mid-line begin making your purchasing inquiries now because wait lists are long and stocks change day to day. If you’re opting for cheapies keep your eyes peeled to these and other websites for new merchandise daily. And don’t forget about the good ole standby stores like H&M, Daffy’s, Century 21, Target, and Loehmann’s; they always get the new trends at a good price, just wait it out until they come in. Happy purse hunting.

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