Native American Blanket Sweater

Part of my personal inspiration for my wardrobe has been pulling from my Native American heritage.  My mother’s parents are both from Oklahoma where I got my Choctaw and Cherokee roots.  I have to say that I do not feel like I received any of the physical characteristics from this part of my family, but I still have great reverence for this part of my culture.  I think even unconsciously, this part of my life has influenced my wardrobe.

Segwaying to a totally different subject (you will see where I am going in a little bit, hang in there!), one of my favorite things to do is to shop when my husband and I go to Las Vegas.  When I strolled by the H&M store in the Caesar’s Palace mall, there was a fantastic red sweater on one of the mannequins that resembled a Native American blanket.

I was a woman on a mission upon entering the store to find that sweater.  Luckily I found it and it has been a winter favorite for a couple of years now.

This was the way I styled it the first time I wore it to a family Christmas party in 2012.

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Red Blanket Sweater: H&M  |  Chambray Shirt: Walmart  |  White Tee: Anthropologie  |  Skinny Brown Braid Belt: H&M  |  Olive Skinny Pants: Lane Bryant  |  Brown Riding Boots: No Rest for Bridget  |  Turquoise Necklace: Gift from my sis

The red and gray cardigan sweater has metallic threads running through it too that make it a little festive.  Texture is a detail that I am always drawn to and this piece has a lot.  I honestly cannot believe I am layering three items, but it was actually cold enough here in Southern California to do so.  I love how my Native American inspired look turned out.

I have to admit, I really was questioning whether or not to post these pictures.  As I may have mentioned before, I rarely wear my hair up and am terrible at up-do’s.  Anyhow, I was really proud of myself for doing this side braid.  While I do not mind it being a little messy, I really do NOT like the way this looks.  The day I took these pics it had been raining.  There was a little break and I ran out, snapped the shots and as I just finishing, the skies opened up again.  I think the fact that I needed to dye my hair has something to do with me not liking the braid.  Yes, that dreaded “skunk patch” at my part.  Maybe it is because the pics are dark due to lighting too.

Regardless, here they are and here is my beautiful Native American blanket sweater!

Short-waisted style tips: Almost every rule I have seen says to stay away from belting above the waist.  I say “boo-sha”, experiment with what looks good on your body.  I really like the way this belt defines what little waist I have by placing it at the smallest part of my torso.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2015!  Happy New Year!  Me and my love are hangin’ out low key style, watching movies and being in each others arms to ring in 2015.

Have you ever picked out pieces that relate to your family heritage?  Ever have a bad hair day like me?

Today’s Postivity Note

Ride the energy of your own unique spirit. -Gabrielle Roth

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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