Fiesta fashion: Retro Mexican trend

Viva la Mexico! The retro Mexican trend is all about color and having a little fashion fun. And it is here just in time for Cinco de Mayo, a celebration dedicated to the Mexican culture. Look for bold colors and loose fitting items that will keep you cool and pretty as the temperature rises.

Peasant tops are a trademark of the retro Mexican style. Look for the breezy, floating blouses to have heavily embellished embroidery, smocking, or delicate macramé details. Expect to see peasant blouses in bold patterns and colors like these options from Lucky Brand. Ideal for any body shape, this design can also take you from casual to glamorous with only a few tweaks. Follow some basic principles and you will be rocking the peasant blouse in style.

  • Breezy outfit - Survive the summer in a lightweight peasant top combined with a simple pair of shorts. No need to create a costume, but you can add colorful wooden bangles to tie the look together. Keep the proportions right by matching skinny jeans or short pants with the spacious tops.
  • Glamorous Mexican style - Incorporate Mexican style with loose silky tops, slim cut dress slacks and colorful heels for a glamorous night look. Complete the look with a large shawl for a shock of color. You can choose to highlight your top half by contrasting it with a neutral bottom.

Retro Mexican accessories include everything from colorful charm bracelets to tooled leather bags. Elements such as fringing and macramé are other common themes to watch for when pulling together a retro Mexican look.

  • Statement necklaces and charm bracelets full of color and traditional images are fun to wear even if that is the only part of this trend you try. Images of Chile peppers, Mexican flags, roses, cacti, Mexican calendar girls, sugar skulls, boots and sombreros are all common themes. This "Viva Mexico" charm bracelet is a great example of the abundant look this trend embraces.
  • Tooled leather bags are a beautiful way to join into this trend. I found a great vintage purse at a local resale shop that was obviously hand-made. EBay, Etsy and other shops like Ruby Lane that offer used items are a great resource. For example this huge hand tooled leather purse was created in the 1960s.
  • Beaded sandals do not have to be strictly retro Mexican style to work. Red, turquoise, or multi-colored beads all shine when worn with any of the fun Mexican styles.

Make every day a fiesta by pulling elements of the Mexican culture into your wardrobe!

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