There is something so wonderfully all-American about this southwestern-inspired trend that we’ve seen in magazines, on the runway and in the shops for the last few seasons. It is both a designer favourite and one that women love, so it keeps coming back year after year and is becoming one of our go-to looks. I’m betting that it’s the vibrant contrast of the bold colour scheme and pattern against a more subdued background that women are embracing. Or maybe it’s the idea of feeling like you are wrapped up in a big, belted blanket, so cozy on a crisp fall day, that gives you the warm and fuzzies. No matter, people see you walking around in this inviting texture and will want to touch you – so maybe not for the tactile-phobic. Whatever it is, I am a fan.
Chanel, Burberry Prorsum, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger all did interpretations for fall 2014 to create the perfect western chic. Pair with texture to look its best. Think cords or suede. I equally love it with denim – shirt, skirt or jeans are all great. You pick. Pair it with tall, flat boots or a really chunky bootie or shoe. Be careful not to add too many elements of this trend to one outfit or you risk looking a bit costume-y and will loose your stylin’ cowgirl edge.
Santa Fe Options for Fall 2014
- Belted, Santa Fe print sweater – change out the belt that comes with the sweater for a medium size leather belt. Layer over a denim shirt. Try adding a bold, bejeweled necklace to mix up the look.
- Fringe blanket skirt – this looks best as the standalone piece. I love it with a crisp, white cotton button down shirt, a denim top or a cashmere turtleneck. Add a medium-wide belt if you have the torso length for it, and a great statement necklace.
- Are you more comfortable with subtler Santa Fe elements in your wardrobe? Try a fringe hobo bag, a wide brim felt hat, a Santa Fe print scarf or brushed silver and turquoise jewelry.
Never get rid of these pieces because they will come back again and again.