Trend Worth Trying: Pleated Snake Print Skirt

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Snake skirt xs (similar in petites), Bp dolman top xxs (also styled here), BP sunglasses (also styled here), Kenna T jacket (old; similar), WHBM sandals (old; similar), Chloe bag

One of the most unlikely “hits” added to my wardrobe last winter was a long, pleated snake print skirt. I used to think reptile print belonged only in the clubs of Vegas, but it’s grown tremendously on me (and is very on trend again this season) to the point that I might even prefer it to my first love, leopard print! My older skirt is long sold out, but since I always get inquiries about it, I’m partnering with Nordstrom to share a very similar option here that’s fully stocked!

This skirt features a waistband that’s half flat, half elasticized, which I’m a fan of for a smooth and polished look in the front but still with the comfort and stretch of elastic. Size XS measures 12.25″ across the waist and stretches to about 14″ across. The fabric has a slight satiny finish to it and is unlined with a chic leg slit. I re-styled my brown ribbed top from this blog post for a foliage-inspired color palette, but this skirt looks great simply with a fitted black or cream turtleneck, a black waist belt, and a cropped blazer or jacket!

My platform sandals are and old favorite, but this similar version by Vince Camuto caught my eye as an alternative. In person, the darker “seed brown suede” has a richness to it that still feels seasonally appropriate in the Fall, and the platform is just enough to elongate the legs without feeling clunky on a petite frame. The front strap felt on the narrow side so if you’re in between sizes, I’d go with half size up.

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I finally added this Chloe bag to my collection (ordered from an international retailer) after eyeing it since last year! I can share a review after using it some more.
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  1. Danielle D Moores wrote:

    Hi Jean, Nordstrom happened to have this skirt in my size and I snapped it up! But, how do you care for the pleats? Do you wash and iron or do you send to a dry cleaner? Or, do the pleats stay after you wash?

    Posted 10.31.19 Reply
  2. Alexa wrote:

    Wow, you are looking gorgeous 🙂

    Posted 10.9.19 Reply
  3. FunSizeFit wrote:

    Oo I love the color palette you put together for this outfit! It’s so autumnal. Also love a good turtleneck. They’re so simple, yet chic.

    Posted 10.2.19 Reply
  4. You look amazing!

    Posted 10.2.19 Reply
  5. Can’t get enough of this skirt <3 🙂 Super chic! And love the way that you styled it!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 10.1.19 Reply
  6. Kate wrote:

    So so pretty! I’m a sucker for all animal prints really, but maybe not zebra…haha. Another beautiful look and post, bravo!

    XO, Kate

    Posted 10.1.19 Reply
  7. Anika wrote:

    The print works so well with the pleats! I’ve never seen a skirt in this style before but I love it 🙂


    Posted 10.1.19 Reply
  8. Nina wrote:

    Hi Jean, I’m a very long time reader of yours and have seen you grow into a successful blogger over the years. I want to tell you that I’ll be checking in from time to time to see how you are doing but will begin to limit my visits on your site simply because my life style is changing since I will be focused more on a minimalistic approach to life in general. Many of your posts promote a “buy” mentality which I’m not too interested in anymore (your website will simply enable me to buy more.) I do want to say thank you for your consistency in delivering quality posts over the years — I have learned a lot on work wear and your post on your grandparents wedding was very touching. I wish you the best of luck and a bright future with Nick and Nori.

    Posted 9.30.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you for your note Nina and for your longtime support! I totally understand where you’re coming from. I share a lot of new items (including lookalike versions to my old pieces) so that they are accessible and available to readers who are looking to build out their wardrobes. I do feel inspired to share more content though that doesn’t involve purchasing!

      Posted 10.2.19 Reply
  9. Briana wrote:

    The skirt is amazing on you!


    Posted 9.30.19 Reply
  10. Janine wrote:

    Same here! I used to think snakeskin print was even a slightly bit tacky, now I absolutely love it haha and wear it like I would wear leopard print pieces! That skirt is absolutely to die for, I looove the slit on the side!
    xx Janine

    Posted 9.30.19 Reply
  11. Cindy wrote:

    Hi Jean!
    I bought a pleated ombré skirt similar to what you are wearing. I hits me right above the ankle. What length do you think would be better? Are they hard to alter? You look amazing by the way!

    Posted 9.30.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Cindy, thank you! I think pleated skirts are pretty hard to alter so wouldn’t recommend it! I used to be a little more finicky about lengths but honestly don’t think there are any hard fashion rules that need to be followed about skirt lengths. I think an ankle length can be styled as a maxi skirt and neutral sandals or shoes always help!

      Posted 10.2.19 Reply

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