What Colors to Wear in the Year of the Snake 2013

Our What Colors to Wear post last year proved to be popular among you readers so we thought we’d continue with the tradition this year.

2013 is the Year of the Water Snake. For those of you whose wardrobes are predominantly dark-colored, you can rejoice because the Water Snake’s top-related color is black!

According to Chinese horoscopes, black is the color of the abyss, night, space and deep waters. This symbolizes unexpected changes and instability so it’s important to be cautious and to evaluate everything before taking any actions in the Year of the Black Water Snake.

This is in contrast with how fashion people view the color black — you all know how black has always been fashion’s go-to color and how an all-black outfit is the insta-chic uniform.

But oh well, it’s another good reason to stick to our favorite black pieces so we’re taking it!

Black, dark blue and dark green — these are the colors to wear in the Year of the Snake 2013.


Keep black from being basic and boring by choosing a dress in a flirty silhouette, a fun print, a cool cuotut design or an interesting texture:

Year of Snake 2013 dresses Juicy Couture pieced fluid banded dress, $158.00; Free People ‘Aztec Princess’ body-con dress, $128.00; Keepsake ‘My Way Home’ maxi dress, $185.00; Blaque Label feather party dress, $297.00


The color of deep waters, dark blue is also one of our top favorite hues to pair with golds and other metallics:

Year of Snake 2013 dresses 1 Peter Pilotto ‘Pek’ dress, $1,130.00; Peter Som sequin dress, $1,995.00; Carven silk and lace dress, $859.75


Stick to dark green dresses with a bit of sparkle or sheen to really evoke the look and feeling of water. Pantone was on point when they declared emerald as the Color of the Year — see more dark green and emerald dresses here.

Year of Snake 2013 dresses 2
Shoshanna ‘Tara’ sequin dress, $406.00 (was $580.00); Plein Sud ‘Sierra’ shift dress, $1,075.00; Heidi Merrick ‘Bardi’ maxi dress, $480.20 (was $686.00)


Go literal and wear snake print in the Year of the Snake! Our top picks are these ones in black which are in-theme for the Year of the Black Water Snake. Women are also advised to wear tight-fitting clothing to get that sexy, slithering snake-like look:

Year of Snake 2013 dresses 3
Emma Cook ‘Jade’ dress, $604.25; Hakaan ‘Paula’ dress, $406.80 (was $1,356.00); Calvin Klein snake print sheath dress, $115.99 (was $128.00)

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