With all of the Navajo and the “American West” influences we have seen be-speckling the Fall magazine issues, I think that opens up the conversation on how you can incorporate this trend into your work attire.
It is definitely a statement trend to say the least, so it may be seem to be a bit more of a challenge in bringing it into the workplace. Yes you can throw a cardigan or a blazer over a statement dress and call it a day, but what if your office requires business suits, or is too conservative for statement patterns? Thus we discuss the accessories.
The addition of accessories is the simplest way to incorporate a trend into your working look. Plus it’s the safest if you are nervous about crossing a line with the office dress code. First, we have the purse. I really like the designs from this American West Handbags collection from ShopNBC. They are each made by hand, thereby touting quality that can withstand a laptop and portfolio, and being dragged between the office and meetings each day.
Please also notice the shoulder strap. This detail is a big one for me, because I want to be able to wear a handbag over my shoulder and have enough room between my armpit and the purse (thinking also the extra room from a laptop and wearing a coat) and still be comfortable. The tan handbag (above right) also features a fantastic interior not just with pretty lining, but with compartments ideal for the busy working woman!
If you still have to tout the briefcase, it may be fun featuring the Western trend during the lunch hour or coffee break with a statement wallet or clutch. Even with the confines of the standard business attire, it is fun sneaking in accessories that make a statement but don’t break your dress code.
One of the common misconceptions of the Western trend is that it has to be feathered and turquois-ed. Granted there is definitely a presence featuring these two characteristics, but it doesn’t mean it has to scream out “Eagle feather”. For example, this necklace below (also from ShopNBC) showcases a feather-like look, and would look stunning under a white collared blouse.
Also, this turquoise ring with the silver setting and slight gold detailing really brings together a chic statement piece of jewelry. Plus it would be ideal for those presentations where you want people looking at your hands.
Also think about adding an accent scarf with a statement print, or a cuff with blue beading. What you have to remember about the Navajo fashion trend is that the designers who are working with it are taking aspects from the culture and then playing off of them to create their personal aesthetics. Even retailers are playing with the trend and calling it “Bohemian Chic” or “Tribal Fashion”, etc. You can do the exact same thing. Let’s even dub it, “Business Bohemian”, or maybe “Navajo Chic”. Whatever your term, just make sure it works for you and for your work style and dress code.
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