Santa Fe, What the Hey


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.

Blake Lively gorgeous in Tommy Hilfiger blanket skirt – Vogue magazine

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.

Sarah Jessica Parker in monogram Burberry blanket cape

Never get rid of these pieces because they will come back again and again.





  1. I love the monogram one on SJP and Cara!!!

  2. Ahhhhh, I will be the IT girl of Ottawa now in my poncho, I love it!!!

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