The world is getting smaller.
The massive procurement of cellular phones is in direct correlation with increased use of social media and has led people from different parts of the world to be able to interact with one another. A few decades ago, communicating with people who speak another language was not part of everyday life. Thanks to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Christian Mingle, etc. now it is!
Travel costs are also decreasing.
Data and statistics validate this claim.
Due to these factors differing cultural influences continue to infiltrate society. This phenomenon can be evidenced in the popularity of Eastern culture in the West.
and Western culture in the East.
This growing conglomeration of influences from various cultures is also seen in fashion.
Fashion designers and wearers can fall prey to cultural appropriation if they fail to pay homage to the source of their inspiration.
But this post is not about cultural appropriation.
This article is meant to shed light on the positive impact that recent globalization has had on clothes found at thrift stores. This positive effect is particularly evidenced in countries home to a diverse array of cultures, such as the United States of America. This is due to the fact that those persons are more likely to donate authentic garb to their local thrift store.
You will probably have more luck finding an authentic dashiki at your local Goodwill than at your local mall.
While you’ll look hot in your dashiki you may not want to “start the fire”
like my favorite cultural appropriator Gwen Stefani
Take Stefani’s lead and don a sari
But be sure to don it respectfully and pay homage to the culture.
While you may be hot, there are two icons who will always be hotter. I’m talking about the infamous Hansel and Gretel.
Hansel and Gretel barely dodge their fiery doom with the help of their authentic Dutch shoes.
Another iconic shoe-wearer was your girl Cinderella
Cinderrella is hela girl who is worked to the extreme by her stepmother and two stepsisters. With the help of her fairy godmother she attends a ball and meets and falls in loves with a prince. Fleeing the ball, Cinderella drops her glass slipper which helps the prince find her. Upon locatiing her the prince and Cinderella then live happilly ever after.
They never have any fights, Stay slender yet muscular for 50+ years, never get bored of one another despite the fact that Cinderellas has all of two things to talk about )
The origins of the Cinderella story are largely attributed to the story of Rhodopis, “recounted by the Greek geographer Strabo sometime between around 7 BC and 23 AD, about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt, is usually considered to be the earliest known variant of the Cinderella story.”
So to remain true to the source material you’ll want to don a Peplos.
According to historians “This body-length garment was the most common attire for women in ancient Greece. Somewhere in the middle of the classical era, around 500 BC, it was indeed the most popular piece of clothing among women. It was a long, tubular cloth with the top edge folded down about halfway, so that the top of the tube was now draped below the waist and the bottom of the tube was at the ankle. The garment was then gathered about the waist and the folded top edge pinned over the shoulders. The folded-down top of the tube gave the appearance of a second piece of clothing”.
So chances are if Cinderella were real she probably wore it and not the iconic blue ballgown.
I could not find a peplos at the thrift store but I was able to find this dupe.
Have you ever found any global finds at your local thrift store?