Posts Tagged: ethnic

Ethnic Ethics

This photo is EXTREMELY old. I’m thinking early 2008 or so. I’m wearing a handmade red tunic that I thrifted in a color and cut that I adore. What drew me to this piece, though, was that interesting neckline. I’d never seen anything quite like it, and loved the modified keyhole shape it created.

About a year later, I found several tunics in identical shapes in a thrift store in Chicago. I bought another one in a funky black, white, and red pattern, which I wore a couple of times. But the moment I happened upon that second set of tunics lurking in the thrift store racks – also handmade, all with that very specific neckline – doubt began to creep in. These weren’t just fun tunics and great thrift finds. These garments were likely cultural, and from a culture unfamiliar to me. read more

Originally posted 2012-06-14 06:30:46.

This Week I Love …

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Gudrun Sjödén.

Confession: I’ve never bought or worn a Gudrun Sjödén garment. I can’t even recall how I came across this company, but I’ve been a fan from afar for about four years now. I’ve got a New York trip planned for the near future, and am excited to visit the new Manhattan outpost. But here are the reasons why I’m happy to endorse this company despite zero personal experience:

Amazing use of color

I’ve got pages of Gudrun in my inspiration binder, and loads of images on my color pairing Pinterest board. Aside from J.Crew, the folks at Gudrun Sjödén are my color-mixing idols. I can’t even count how many outfits have been inspired by images of these clothes styled into quirky, creative ensembles. read more