Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock like a python in the Everglades, you probably know 2013 is the year of the snake. Unlike pigs, rats and other critters floating around the Chinese zodiac, fashion truly embraces all things serpentine from stilettos to those edgy manicures du jour.

Marissa Collections: Year of the Snake

Since animal prints are perennially in vogue, snake skins and prints are regarded as neutrals and staples of any well-appointed wardrobe. Compared to its louder cousins zebra stripes and leopard spots, snake is subtle, though coming in every shade under the sun for each wearer to determine her dare meter. The long and short of it is start slithering!