Indian Summer

Several months back on a cold, dreary day while we were dreaming of an Indian Summer, this season’s racks are answering our prayers. In the tribal vibrations from the saturated colors and Aztec and ikat prints, we find the promise of rising temperatures. As you may already know, I have somewhat of a fetish for feathers. I also gravitate to braided details, ethnic patterns and intricate embroidery. Luckily enough, these bohemian nuances are intermingling with Aztec prints from Milly and Shoshanna dresses ($325-$460) at Monkee’s to Tillvaro clutches ($65) from Edge of Urge to lavender, pink and gray printed scarves ($15) at Hallelu.

Aztec prints at Monkee's

Aztec prints at Monkee's

To bring out a touch of “Indian Princess” to your summer ensemble, try this:

1) Don’t be afraid to mix prints. As long as your clothing is subdued, try mixing an Aztec-print scarf with an ikat-printed clutch.

2) Braid three pieces of thin fabric (preferably chiffon or silk) into a headband to tie around your forehead with a solid white sundress.

3) Accessorize an Aztec-print dress for day with natural or handmade accessories – beaded earrings or a feather headband. For evening, contrast the tribal print with glam accessories, such as metallic heels or sculptural earrings.

4) If you take a look at your “Indian Princess” look and think it’s a bit much, it probably is. In this case, less is more. You don’t want to be mistaken for Sacagawea….



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