With summer just around the corner and festival season among us, we are obsessing over carefree, relaxed, boho looks that keep us cool, breezy, and chic in the hottest of heat waves.
To avoid blending in with the crowd, incorporate handmade, one-of-a-kind statement pieces to your everyday outfit for the perfect balance of authenticity and effortlessness. For us living in Oaxaca, Mexico, this means getting our hands on gorgeous traditional fabrics, patterns, colors, and accessories. How do we get an effortless summer look while still managing to turn heads? Use these 5 easy tips to achieve original, boho chic looks that will have you running from your local mall faster than a popsicle melts in July!
Cotton and linen may keep us cool, but what fun is a single-fabric outfit? Avoid fabric monotony by accessorizing with other types of textiles. Tote a handmade Mexican market bag made from recycled plastic to add variation to your cotton maxi-dress and look picnic party fresh.
2. Brighten With Color
Traditional handcrafts from Latin American countries usually boast bright colors made with all-natural dyes. Brighten up your keep-it-cool neutrals by adding accessories that pop with striking color. After all, summer is the season of color, so why not help the environment and turn heads in a popping pink shoulder bag inspired by a Zipolite sunset?
3. Pile on Patterns
Ditch your tired faux-Aztec prints for authentic Zapotec diamond patterns. Diamonds and other geometric shapes are the real deal down here in southern Mexico. Add sharp, geometric patterns to your laid back outfit with pendants, choker necklaces, and skinny belts to rock the look.
4. Buy One-Of-A-Kind, Be One-Of-A-Kind
Us girls are always struggling with wanting the trendiest statement pieces without looking ‘basic’. The beauty of artisanal accessories is variation; each piece has its very own touches, encouraging individual style. Express yourself this summer by purchasing simple, handcrafted statement pieces. Trust us, your Instagram will have never looked so good.
5. Dress With Purpose
Adding handmade fashion accessories to your summer style bible not only keeps you looking physically amaze, but you’ll also feel amazing dressing for a good cause. Supporting local artisans across the world will give you a summer glow from the inside out; and we all know that confidence and kindness are the ultimate accessories.
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