Top: Missguided, Trousers: Plein Sud, Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Belt: Photographer’s Own, Earrings: H&M
Images by Tina Muller
Adorned by Bedouin style earrings, a traditional Thai dancer belt and tough coal underlined eyes – I feel more myself in this dark pewter look than ever.
Tough, gothic, folkloric, embellished – this is something I wish I could wear all day everyday. Alas, I leave it for special occasions. But I am not alone! Almost each country has a special item of clothing or accessory that is worn only on certain days or celebrations. I suppose it makes wearing these pieces a special treat.
Here’s a list of interesting occasion accessories and clothing you should wear at least once from around the world:
- 🇹🇭 If you decide to give dancing a go, join Thai dancers in wearing a similar belt to mine as well as a… Crown 👑 . Yes, queen. This pewter belt or เข็มขัดโลหะ (kam-kud leg) originated in the 17th century and was brought into Thailand from Cambodia. Gold versions are also very popular. To this day, these kinds of belts are worn by women on special occasions and religious ceremonies, though dancers wear the entire historical outfit featuring a massive conical crown.
- 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 Ever wanted to wear a look from The Wicker Man film? Well, you can. In many countries around Eastern and Northern Europe wearing a white dress and a flower crown is the done deal during the celebration of Midsummer. Alternatively, you could join the Druids and celebrate the festivity in true Druid style just next to Stonehenge.
- 🇷🇺 Have you ever been told that you’ve got a voice of an angel? Good. You could consider joining a Russian folk band and wear a kokoshnik. Mostly known as the coolest headpiece on the planet (that statement is not biased at all), the kokoshnik, along with the povyazka (similar but worn if you are married) sees its roots in the 17th century where ladies felt in dire need of some stunning headgear. As hats were reserved for the stronger sex, noble women felt it was only right to design something that was feminine and striking… and that men could not wear. Go THEM! From rich duchesses to folk bands of today, the kokoshnik is not going anywhere. The likes of me wore it Royal Ascot too. Join me in wearing it with pride.
- 🇳🇱 You know what’s really not appreciated enough? Clogs. They are super hard-wearing and can look fabulous with distressed denim. Known also as klomps, this type of footwear is still worn by farmers in the Netherlands for practical reasons. Interpretations of the humble clog is often weaved into mainstream fashion – I see you Chanel Spring/Summer 201o. That’s pretty good staying power for a shoe that has been around since the 13th century.
- 🇯🇵 If wearing a full-on kimono is not on your bucket list, you need to rethink your priorities. Imagine yourself in beautiful Kyoto, wearing an incredible kimono as cherry blossom trees are in bloom. If that vision doesn’t make your heart beat faster… do you even have a heart?
Have you ever worn any of the items on my list?