Juan Carlos Miranda
Special to El Observador
Mexican Independence Day (as well as other Latin American countries) is just around the corner. As such I thought it would be a good idea to give you some tips on how to wear your favorite traditional pieces that will show how patriotic or supportive you really are or simply just because.
Since fall and winter are upon us, and the mornings and evenings get chillier by the day, what better way to keep warm than to wear your favorite rebozo. Rebozos are a huge part of Mexican and Latin American culture and they have been around for what it seems like forever.
Pair your favorite going-out outfit with a bright colored rebozo for a dinner with the hubby, or use it as a scarf for a more modern look. Now, if you want to add a little sexy to it, then wear it as a blouse. Rebozos are usually long enough so you can be creative and wear it however you may like.
Keeping with the fall/winter theme, a sarape is another one of those pieces of clothing that you just have to have in your closet. Sarapes also come in different colors and designs. They can compliment your outfit without making you look like a dork. If you are feeling fancy, you can even wear one with a crazy design.
Let’s say you’re going to be attending one of the many independence celebrations this month, and you really want to wear something beautiful and traditional. Well, then you should wear a huipil! Huipiles have been around for hundreds of years. They have been worn by the indigenous women of the Mexico and Central America well before the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas.
Huipiles are beautiful garments still worn—to this day—in Mexico and Central America, and still expanding. They come in different sizes and colors and they fit just about every body shape. There is no way you cannot look fancy wearing one of these.
Wear a short huipil with some jeans and sandals for a day at the festival, or wear a long, fancy one for a special occasion.
If you are looking for something more subtle, then go for some hand-made jewelry. Hand-made jewelry gives diamonds a run for its money, and sometimes looks even better. You can give your outfit the winning touch or’ pizzazz’ it needs with some bright-colored stone necklace and earrings.
Whatever and however you choose to wear your favorite traditional pieces, just make sure you wear them proudly.
Juan Carlos Miranda