STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Headed Southwest

Style Advice of the Week

The Southwest has a rich history in American art; dating back to the Aztecs who lived in central Mexico from the 14th to the 16th centuries. The Pueblo textiles and turquoise jewelry that is native to this area continue to resurface in fashion designers’ collections. We probably see the bulk of this printed trend during the summer months, especially around music festivals where bright-hued printed tank tops and shorts run rampant. However, the Aztec print has held its place as the weather cools down. The bright sunset inspired colors are replaced with rich colors like tan, black, crimson and cream. And cool cotton fabrics are replaced with heavy, warm knits.

This Fashionista is wearing the Aztec print in the form of a thick cardigan. This particular item of clothing is everywhere on our campus at the University of Alabama and it’s easy to see why. First of all, its something easy to throw over whatever you have on to make it a little more dressed up; second, it’s very warm and cozy. I’ve seen girls wear these sweaters with everything from athletic clothes to jeans and boots like this Fashionista. I’ve also seen this trend dressed up with a fancier outfit like a maxi skirt and heels. The cherry on top of the cake is that this trend is very inexpensive to emulate. Most retailers offer them for less than $50! That is a huge steal for a warm fashion item like a sweater. So, cozy up in this Southwest-inspired print for a comfy and trendy outfit perfect for class or a night out.

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