Happy Cinco de Mayo, ladies— it’s that time of year when Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and those who love them commemorate the Mexican army’s against-odds victory over the French on May 5, 1862. The memorable date has become a yearly opportunity to celebrate all aspects of Mexican culture, from traditional music to dances, food…
… and fashion, of course. Commemorate Cinco de Mayo by sporting south of the border-inspired style in two easy ways. Channel Mexico with bright colors, particularly bright flower prints, and with huaraches, traditional Mexican sandals whose signature woven leather style has been chicly updated for the season.
For brights, look no further than Anthropologie, which specializes in infusing the most random style elements, from preppy to hippie to vintage, into simple, pretty clothes. The Pueblo Dress ($148) turns the print of a Mexican blanket into a tasteful strapless dress. With bright jewel tones and inspired graphic, it’s the perfect piece for Cinco de Mayo.
As for your feet, huaraches are both traditional and fashion-forward. For a splurge (this is a special occasion, no?), look no further than Juicy Couture’s Cody Platform Wedge Huaraches ($198), with a sky-high four inch wedge heel and chunky straps. If you’re looking to save, Avenue’s Haley Huarache Wedge Slingback Sandals ($29.90) are mighty cheap and also a tad lower than the Juicy pair. And if it’s authenticity you seek, go flat with Target’s Huaraches by Mossimo ($19.99). They are comfy and will spice up your basic denim shorts or sundresses for under 20 bucks— now that’s something else worth celebrating.