As a resident of the southwest United States for the past 12ish years I’ve come to appreciate the geometric patterns and warm sunset and earth tones the desert inspires in clothing and decor. Style here takes its cues from neighboring Mexico as well as native tribes (Apache, Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and more all have roots in the southwest). In the past, southwest inspired style was a little over the top and the pieces I found often bordered on costumey (unless you were a legit cowboy, in which case they were perfect.) Over the past year or two, however, designers have taken the colors and patterns of the southwest and incorporated them into more sophisticated and wearable pieces. Here are a few ways I’ve incorporated southwest inspired style into my wardrobe and a few pieces to help you get the look for yourself!
Desert Chic 1 of 17
Click through for my 8 southwest inspired looks!
Patterned Dress 2 of 17
This dress was one of my favorite fashion finds last year. The warm reds and oranges paired with a dark blue background remind me of desert sunsets.
DownEast Basics, $42.99
ModCloth Urban Adventurer Dress 3 of 17
My dress is still available (see link in previous slide) but I wouldn't say no to this gorgeous option from ModCloth!
A Little Turquoise Goes a Long Way 4 of 17
Turquoise jewelry is THE jewelry of the southwest. I don't wear it often (it vaguely reminds me of my great grandma) but sometimes it's the perfect pop of color.
Kenneth Jay Lane Turquoise Pendant 5 of 17
Make a statement with this gorgeous teardrop pendant.
Embrace the Cowboy 6 of 17
Bandanas may not be your first thought when considering southwest inspired style but I love pairing one with a pair of cowboy boots!
Amazon Red Bandana 7 of 17
You can probably find a classic red bandana at Wal Mart or somewhere similar (or do like I did and bum one off your Boy Scout brother). If you'd prefer, though, you can easily find them online.
Go Across the Aisle 8 of 17
I LIVE in my swimsuit for about 5 months out of the year so a few good pairs of long, loose, comfy shorts are a must. I found this awesome southwest patterned pair in the boys' section while shopping for my kids!
Monrow Vintage Fleece Shorts 9 of 17
These fleece shorts are perfect for lounging or as a swimsuit cover up in a few months!
Go Rusty 10 of 17
Earthy, rusty red is the quintessential desert color. After all- we're known for our red rocks!
Equipment Blouse 11 of 17
The color on this blouse is to die for.
Bloomingdale's, $124.80 (on sale)
Geometric Patterns 12 of 17
A floaty geometric patterned top pairs well with skirts as well as jeans.
Couture Candy Pyramid V Neck Blouse 13 of 17
I approve of the styling here (leather pants for the win!).
Couture Candy, $119
Tribal Prints and Moccs 14 of 17
There's something inherently cozy about southwest prints. This cardigan was one of my favorites throughout the fall.
ModCloth Whistler While You Work Cardian 15 of 17
Finish out the winter in style with this cozy, drapey cardigan.
Cowboy Boots 16 of 17
A comfortable pair of cowboy boots can be your very best friend. This pair has gone to Paris and Chicago with me this year. I am fairly certain that they go with everything.
Mango Studded Leather Ankle Boots 17 of 17
The studs and ankle height shaft might not be particularly authentic but these boots are super stylish and more versatile than you'd think!
Mango, $49.99 (on sale)