I’ve changed my wardrobe a little in the past three years… living in a different state means that I had to make a few adjustments — more coats, for starters. But, to paraphrase a well known phrase, you can take the girl out of California but you can’t take the California out of the girl! So even though I’m living in New England, I still entertain my southwestern styles every now and then.

A vintage blue and white patio skirt paired with a white peasant top is the perfect combo for steamy summer days

I admit that I do feel a bit out of place in peasant blouses or patio skirts, but loose airy garments are actually a great way to beat the sticky summer humidity! And I even found this fun skirt with all of its heavy trim and “made in Arizona” label in a Massachusetts antiques shop… so clearly I’m not the only one who has tried to wear western styles out here in the east!

A heavy band of silver rick-rack and trimming accents this 1950s southwestern-inspired patio skirt

I don’t own a lot of the iconic southwestern Mexican or Navajo jewelry, so I decided to go with the biggest silver earrings I own, which happen to feature rather striking figural teapots. Since my day-to-day is proudly sponsored by caffeinated beverages, it seemed like an appropriate touch.

Novelty silver-tone teapot earrings add a touch of whimsy to any outfit

This outfit was also a good excuse to wear my Miss L Fire shoes, a purchase inspired by the one and only Atomic Redhead who always styles them so wonderfully with her southwestern outfits. I love the extra pop of color they provide… plus, they’re incredibly comfortable!

Miss L Fire shoes add a pop of color with their pierced design in red, blue, and yellow

A vintage black suede belt with a stamped sliver tone buckle adds a pop of contrast to this blue and white southwestern-inspired ensemble

A vintage blue and white patio skirt paired with a white peasant top is the perfect combo for steamy summer days

A handmade white peasant blouse from a 1940s sewing pattern (McCall 7638) is perfect for summer

And since I knew the weather would be not only hot but also incredibly humid and a hair style wouldn’t last for more than a few minutes, I cheated and just threw a fancy-ish scarf and a big flower right on top of my pin curls. Done!

How do you beat the summer heat?

A vintage blue and white patio skirt paired with a white peasant top is the perfect combo for steamy summer days

  • Aqua and white polka-dot chiffon scarf: Modern Millie
  • Blue hair flower: Claire’s
  • Silvertone teapot earrings: Savers, I think
  • White 1940s peasant blouse: Made by me, McCall 7638
  • Embroidered southwestern black suede belt: Modern Millie
  • Aqua and white patio skirt with silver trim: Antiques shop somewhere
  • Black suede shoes with colored punching: Miss L Fire