STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Indiana Indian

It’s always freeing to dress earthy and, thus, feel patriotic. When I think earthy, I think Native American, neutral tones and sharp, arrowhead prints. To connect with your Native American roots is like digging deep inside yourself and pulling out your inner Pocahontas or John Smith circa the end of the famous Disney flick.

This Fashionista connects with America’s roots by donning an earthy coat and moccasins. The look reminds me of a savored quote by Walt Whitman, “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” The garment speaks just that and definitely has Pendleton touches to it. The company’s slogan reads, “Weaving America’s spirit since 1909”—couldn’t be more appropriate. With such a similar look, this Fashionista is a walking spirit ad for good old U S of A. When I told her how jealous I was of the garment, she tells me it was a vintage find snagged for a whopping two dollars—you can imagine my optimism at finding one just like it. After absorbing the shock that the one-of-a-kind coat could not be exactly replicated, I gathered myself and started digging. Here’s what I found: this Navaho coatigan thanks to Topshop and this cottonwood coat hailing from Pendleton.

Hint: Cater to your personal style; an Aztec-inspired print isn’t the end-all-be-all of earthy garments. Go ahead, play Cowboys and Indians. Feeling more akin to the former? This fringe suede jacket is so authentic you’ll feel like you’re chilling on the ranch, right out in the open air.

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