Start With This | Summer Threads Inspired By The American Southwest

Whether you’re planning a trip, or a just a trip outside the bounds of your ordinary wardrobe, take a fun cue from the American Southwest. Spring into warmer weather with playful colors and patterns, and some highly unexpected silhouettes. While they may seem more grandpa than grandly stylish, when strategically paired together with super modern staples, we bet you will look nothing but well outfitted.

The inspiration behind it all started with a simple pair of cheeky sneakers. Try the Matchcort Shoes by Adidas which, from afar, probably don’t look like anything but a sleek pair of athletic shoes. Up close, we bet they start some conversations as folks nearby notice to tiny, well-articulated cacti.

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With those cheerful shoes, you need some garb. The snap-front Western Canyon shirt by Pendleton pairs well with some understated high tech shorts, like the fast-drying Surf ‘N Turf hybrid shorts by Volcom. Keep your hands free with a cool, kitschy fanny pack, like the Sixteen Hip Pack by Herschel, and always aim to view the world through rose colored glasses, even if the lenses are a deep dark grey, like in the unexpected Carla Colour Lind shades.

Wherever your travels take you, be it to the red rocks of Clark County Nevada, or one of the stunningly beautiful national parks in Arizona, you won’t fit right in but rather your photos will definitely stand out when you sport clothes inspired by the region.

The Matchcort Shoes, $70, by Adidas, are a cheeky nod to the desert. Look closely for the small, well-illustrated family of cactus. 

Photo: Adidas

The Surf N' Turf Faded Hybrid Shorts, $60, by Volcom, feature 4-way stretch fabric and are made to dry quickly. 

Photo: Volcom

Keep your sunscreen, camera & other tourist necessities at hand (without using your hands.) Try the Sixteen Hip Pack, $29.99, by Herschel. 

Photo: Herschel Supply Co.

The Snap-Front Western Canyon Shirt, $129, by Pendleton, pairs well with jeans or, better for the tourist in you, some good walking shorts. 

Photo: Pendleton

The unisex Fatigue Paradise Pant, about $150, is a relaxed fit, loose, easy to wear, potentially tough to make stylish, jeans alternative. 

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The Merida by Chamula Original, about $100, are made with woven leather uppers and rubber soles. 

Photo: Chamula Original

The Lind frames, shown in Cardinal + Hunter, by Carla Colour are definitely not like the other shades in your drawer. Try them for $176. 

Photo: Carla Colour

The Original Universal Rope Sandal by Teva, $90, is very similar to the ones the nerdy kid in grade school wore, but now these shoes are all grown up, and very hip. 

Photo: Teva

For when you find a hidden river in those red rocks, the Evolution Trunk, $85, by Outerknown, is the perfect pair for jumping in. 

Photo: Outerknown

Look fast and you could miss it. The Embroidered Cactus Tee, $12.90 by Forever 21, features a tiny, little nod to nature on the left chest. 

Photo: Forever 21

The Manorak Jacket, $55, by Champion, is a poppy, functional overhead zip up jacket. 

Photo: Champion