This one is probably my favorite! As it is a mixture of culture, fashion, and color. I love South Asian attire; I have always been obsessed. If I would not look completely stupid and overdressed, I would sport beautiful Sarees and Salwars everywhere I’d go. There so much charm and mystery that goes into their wear and I am absolutely mesmerized. If I could collect cultural, ethnic pieces from all around the world, I totally would without hesitation. I think it is important for us to be open to learning about others and their cultures. Fashion, just like traveling can give you an insight as to how a community lives and operates. This is why I love doing what I do. Collecting rare vintage pieces that were made in the past celebrate different parts of the world without discrimination. I feel like these days we have arrived at a time where everything offends everyone. Cultural appropriation is such a big deal. Like I understand the concept, but I would try not to be offended—I guess just take the time to educate those who need to be educated.
Side note, I have been on the hunt for a beautiful traditional Afghan dress for a while and I am dying to have one but can’t seem to find any…preferably vintage! I mean look at how incredible the workmanship is. The vibrant colors, the embroidery, just everything about the Afghan dress is immaculate.
Anyway, so when I was vintage shopping last year, I found a beautiful orange Indian set that looks immaculate and I knew I needed to have it. Because I don’t normally wear orange, I decided to break it down with something else. Since I didn’t want to lose the Indian aspect of the look, I decided to pair the gorgeous top with wide-leg ruffled Flamenco pants that I have had in my wardrobe for ages. I keep it for those days I want to look extra fly. This Eid is a perfect occasion to get the pants out for a spin. What I love most about the top is how feminine is looks. The way it cinches in at the waist then comes out with layered fabric add a little sexiness to it without being too out there. You get curves while still looking modest and that’s always a plus. I also love the puffed shoulder sleeves. It’s done just right and not in a reject 80s video kinda way. I hate big shoulders when they are tacky. This..this is just spot on!
So this is look two for Eid week. Pretty cool isn’t it? With this outfit, I would definitely always do heels as there are a lot of layers and I am short, so I don’t want to look like a piece of fabric walking around town.
I didn’t want to accessorize much with this outfit as the main piece is the top and I don’t want to take the spotlight away from it. I know that is a piece I will keep in my wardrobe forever and perhaps pass it on to my daughter so that she could appreciate it as much as I do now. Sadly, there aren’t any labels on it, perhaps it was handmade, but I would have loved to get a background story on it. That would have made the piece extra special. Bonus! This outfit is done with pieces already in my closet and I didn’t need to buy anything new. From the top to the shoes. Plus I used vintage items which is always a treat. If you guys fancy to recreate this look, I would highly suggest you guys check out Etsy as there are plenty of cool shops that offer amazing, ethnic and colorful pieces to the audience.
What do you guys think about this look? Is it a yay or nay? Would you guys style it the same way or differently?
Happy Tuesday x