Fashion is an art form influenced by countless heritages, so it makes sense that for many of us, our cultural backgrounds play a role in how we get dressed. Take, for example, Pam Hetlinger, a Panamanian fashion blogger who moved to the U.S. (San Francisco, to be more specific) five years ago. Hetlinger, who was working in marketing at the time of her blog’s launch, ultimately decided on the title The Girl From Panama as an homage to her roots. “Being from Panama plays a huge part in the way I style myself,” Hetlinger tells us. “This is a very Latin American way of dressing, and I’m not sure I would have the confidence or know-how to pull it off had I grown up elsewhere.”
Hetlinger also lived in London and Boston before settling in West Hollywood and she attributes her globe-trotting ways to help set her style apart, though adding that Panama remains her biggest sartorial cornerstone. One easy way to add a touch of Panamanian style to your look? Jewelry. “The weather in Panama is always almost 100 degrees, and the style is a bit more casual, so I try to dress relaxed and for the weather while still maintaining a chic, sophisticated vibe through the jewelry I wear.”
Keep reading to see how Hetlinger infuses her Panamanian style into three different looks through jewelry from BaubleBar.
For brunch, Hetlinger achieved the casual yet chic look she says is emblematic of Panamanian style by dressing up her go-to off-duty uniform with a bold statement necklace. “The main tip is to style it with neutral colors and simple textures,” she advises. “Leather goes great with this type of crystal necklace.”
For a Holiday Party
Similarly, for holiday parties, Hetlinger likes to keep things simple and center her look around a standout pair of earrings. “Wear a slightly darker color like burgundy to make your earrings pop,” she says. “This pair is a statement in and of itself.” Hetlinger finishes off the festive (but not cheesy) look with a simple set of gold cuffs.
Because Panamanian style is typically on the more casual side, and because she doesn’t spend time in a traditional office setting, her day-to-day work look is more relaxed. To dress the ensemble up a bit, she relies on chic jewelry like this on-trend choker. “[It’s a] great addition to simple looks that need a finishing touch,” she says. “This choker set is really cool because it’s an upgrade from your regular ribbon variety.” To finish off the look, Hetlinger adds ear crawlers and mixed-texture over-the-knee boots.
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