When I when think of what to wear to fit in in Santa Fe, I imagine a cross between the Sundance Film Festival and an old couch. With a sprinkling of Crocodile Dundee thrown in (you know leather accessories, like those Australian cowboy hats).
Since I made plans to take Todd there for the big Four Oh, my first thought is naturally not where to stay, shop, eat or even see art (which is why we are going). I see this as an opportunity to dress up.
A quick glance around the internet shows that Santa Fe is awash in Bebe, Lucky, and the other ordinary brands I’m slightly ashamed to have hanging in my closet between my vintage and handmade treasures.
But, since I’m not driving 11 hours to wear Bebe, I kept digging. Further research shows, I missed an exhibit of fashion based on one Santa Fe woman’s collection. Dicky Pfaelzer’s “Native Couture” showed at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in 2007 and 2008. The collection is primarily made up of Dicky’s jewelry from American Indian craftsmen and women. It is rich in symbols like bear claws, bow and arrows and squash blossoms.
I hope to return from Santa Fe with a few more bits of American Indian jewelry to call my own. Specifically, the quest for the world’s largest and most beautiful turquoise belt buckle is still on. And I’m also on the hunt for another current passion – tiny stud earrings, turquoise and coral would be perfect. It also sounds like a great place to look for cowboy boots. I expect I’ll do most of my shopping in the small towns and at Navajo jewlery stands on the way down.
The fact that I keep seeing Southwestern-themed clothing at Urban Outfitters makes me think it is an emerging trend. They even have a vintage Navajo coat on their website.
Now that I’ve got the question of what I should wear and shop for solved, tune in next week for Santa Fe Fashion Part 2. I’m expecting a low of about 20 degrees, and since Scout is coming with, I’m on the hunt for dog-wear that is both warm and stylish.