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These snake 'charmers' can build your wardrobe

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By Jenn Harris
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

For those who follow the Chinese zodiac, the year of the snake begins Feb. 10. People born under this sign are thought to be more likely to be seductive, gregarious, charming, smart, good with money and, at times, a little jealous. The reptiles themselves are beautiful, sometimes dangerous, creatures that have inspired countless designers over the years. Here are some ways to incorporate the symbol of the year into your wardrobe, with no harm done to any living creature.

It's hard not to turn heads in Equipment's Sloane crewneck cashmere sweater, $298 from Nordstrom, with its snakeskin print in neon yellow.

The Sabine print midi dress, $36.99 from, makes for a fun twist on the classic floral print, flowy dress for spring.

The Eight Sixty snake-print high-low blouse, $96 from, features a contrast collar that gives the blouse a little more edge.

Pair the 7 For All Mankind skinny laser snake jeans, $198 from, with a plain tee and solid heels for a go-to outfit for any occasion.

Snake-shaped jewelry is a great way to wear the trend in a subtle way. For a snake accent, try the Jennifer Fisher brass snake cuff, $315 from, the Aurelie Bidermann snake hoop earrings, $335 from, or the Steven Alan 14-karat gold snake ring by Grace Lee, $385 at, with snakeskin texture and diamond eyes.

Giuseppe Zanotti takes on the classic outdoor slipper with the snake-print smoking slipper in metallic silver, $625 from

Famed handbag designer Judith Leiber created a special year of the snake clutch, $3,995 from The coiled snake is adorned with hand-applied crystals.

Slither around in style behind the Lanvin snake-print leather-accented modified square sunglasses, $475 from

Dress up your smart phone in this Stella McCartney snake-print iPhone case, $273.38 from It's a pearlized nude snake-print case with gold-tone chain edging and tonal faux-suede whipstitch trim.

Jenn Harris is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.

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