Did you know sometimes trends are classics that come back in style?  I’m loving how two of my favorite trends are perfect for “now and later”!

In my first article of the year (click here to read it), I mentioned my focus would be on classics, but adding a trendy twist.  And just so you know….sometimes trends are classics that come back in style!

Animal print is definitely considered a classic.  To ramp it up a few trendy notches, anything in snake print will do the trick!  We are loving a pair of white and black snakeskin pants shown two ways. One look is paired with a camel sweater and the other with a white sweater.  Both are ideal for now and will easily transition into spring.

London based lifestyle blogger Fashion Mumblr shows us how to classically style a pair of white slacks with a neutral snakeskin print blouse. Doesn’t that sound like an elegant look for spring? And for now, add a white or camel coat. If all you want is a pop of this popular print, think about wearing a snakeskin belt bag seen on our Pinterest board.  It’s perfect for travel and will complement any neutral ensemble.

I’m loving a snake print pleated skirt I recently purchased from H&M.  It pairs perfectly now with a taupe turtleneck. Later this spring, I plan to dress it up with a sheer ruffled blouse and add a belt.  In addition, a coat or blazer in this classic print definitely works year round.

Shoes and boots are another way to incorporate this trendy print into your wardrobe.  Free People’s snakeskin booties go great with jeans now and will look super cute with crops later. If loafers and flats are more your style, check out the selection from ASOS on our Pinterest board.  We think the ultimate animal print shoe is a pair of Converse all-star high top sneakers in snakeskin!

So here’s the deal….if I could have any bag I wanted, it would be Gucci’s genuine python mini satchel with a bamboo handle. Keep dreaming….right? The good news is there are so many affordable faux options available. ASOS always stays on top of what’s trending.  Point proven with their yellow faux snakeskin bag….perfect for now and later!

Translucent bags are definitely on-trend!  One of the season’s trendiest bags is by Staud.  In fact, it’s so cool and artistic that New York’s MoMA design shop sells it! We love how NYC fashion blogger, Eadie Blair, demonstrates different ways to style a clear tote by adding a pouch or clutch in a cute print. Such a fun way to match your bag with your outfit! Don’t you just love the versatility of a clear bag?

Now” that you know how to incorporate these two cool trends into your wardrobe….I guess I’ll see ya “later”!

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected].  Be sure to check out Holley’s updated Pinterest board here.