Native inspired look for summer

I am so inspired by being in Arizona, I can’t help but indulge in my long standing affinity for native-inspired fashion. I lean towards the hippie side of things already, and 70’s looks are what I can pull off (though I love me some Mad Men attire, I’m not built for it and really can’t look natural in those dresses).

I pulled together a native inspired summer look for you, to get your own free-spirit juices flowing.

The key to a great look like this is not going too overboard with the “theme”, just small touches are fine. These bright blue skinnies are neutral enough to pull off the fab top and shoes. I couldn’t leave this look without some fringe (because I happen to be obsessed with fringe), but with it being in the purse, it’s not always “on” you. Once you put the purse down, there’s no fringe on your person.

There is such a thing as too much fringe!

Click here to see where to buy these items via Polyvore.

Do you like the native-inspired look? What are your staples in this type of attire?


Arianne creates style ideas, writes thoughts on parenting 4 children, plants knowledge in young minds, curates lovely things, and does it all with an eye for the story being woven through her each and every day. As the owner of Mabel + Riv, she strives to bring you inspiration, handmade creations and beauty from voices across the creative-sphere. Find her on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram as @ariannesegerman.

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  1. Yes, girl! I like that look for summer, especially! I have jeans that look just like that. I’ll throw on my turquoise and coral jewelry, braided snakeskin sapphire tote and my beaded sandals and be cute all day;)

  2. You know I love this stuff – the colors here are To. Die. For. Can I hire you to style my photo sessions, please?

  3. You know, I’m not a huge southwest fan, but I love this! Very cute, Ari.

  4. As a thought, we (in the humanity sense) need to be careful labeling looks as “native” if what we really mean is “southwestern american”. I am taking the time to point this out because recently there has been a large controversy over a corporations usage of the word “Navajo” in labeling their products. As someone who has researched cultural appropriation, I think using words like “native’ can be inflammatory. It’s an act of marginalization of an ethnic group, especially considering “native” should be a multi-faceted word, considering there are native ethnic groups from more areas than just the Southwest USA area.

    I think your fashion collection is fun and inspired, but I would caution you to be more careful and culturally sensitive, considering the Native American ethnic group has suffered a large amount of cultural appropriation.

    • Arianne says:

      Hi Karen, thank you for these thoughtful words. I am very sensitive to being considerate with language, and I have a First Nations friend that keeps me on track and who reassured me that I could say “native inspired”, but also that it’s often used inappropriately and depends on the context. I also am aware of the controversy with the appropriation of the word Navajo.

      Just to clarify a point – I was talking about the Southwest US because that is where I grew up and where I now live as of a couple weeks ago, but by no means was I limiting the scope of this type of inspired fashion to only this region.

      I always want to celebrate the cultures from where our fashion roots come, and your comment actually prompted more research and discussion amongst some Native American and First Nation friends and myself and we’ll be doing a follow-up post (including their input) to bring this discussion here to Simple Design. I hope it will be helpful and healing and informative. xoxo

  5. Very cute outfit…especially the shoes. I also love how the top is stylish yet hides all your “wobbly bits.” Funny, my sis lives in Phoenix but is visiting me here in London so a very relevant post 🙂

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