TREND: An Aztec Agosto

No time for that dream vacation this summer? It’s not too late – forge a cultural exploit of your own with your wardrobe! The summer sun has Fashionistas everywhere taking style cues from our south-of-the-border friends, Mexico, with Azteca-inspired garb.

This week’s Fashionista shows off her cultured-savvy style in a dress that could send her straight to a fiesta. The embroidered detailing of her black dress epitomizes the unique and artistic needlework of Mexican design. Bright, ornamental colors and patterns are seasonally-appropriate style choices that add spice to the typical little black dress.

Her ensemble is completed with great care. A pair of black flats adds some simplicity to her look while emphasizing the embroidering in her dress. This Fashionista adorns her brown leather handbag with a silky scarf, flirting a little bit with the rose motif. Her finishing touch is a brown leather cuff adorned with gold accents to complement the gold beading on the dress’ collar. Attention to detail is what really makes this ethnic look pop!

To push a similar vibe of your own, stick to embroidered pieces or articles with Aztec (or Incan!) print. Peasant tops and flowy skirts with border accents and trim are also akin to the Mexican feel. Keep it casual by pairing an embroidered peasant top with frayed cutoffs or dress it up with a tribal skirt or dress. Just be mindful about clutter; this look is easy to overdo! Simplify your ensemble with one or two neutral items that won’t distract from the prints you have selected and this look is yours to own.

As summer draws to a close, make it memorable by making a statement. Don’t let the ethnic look remain an alien concept when you can look just as cool and cultured as any Fashionista abroad. Fun, flirty and chic – this look can’t be beat. Olé!

Hint: Don’t neglect your accessories. Use jewelry to emphasize the casual wealth that culture-hopping is all about. All the better if that jewelry adds some unification to your ensemble or brings out the fine detail in your print or embroidery of choice. Follow this Fashionista’s lead and accessorize your accessories to really flaunt your stylish smarts!

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