Friday, 11 May 2018

Online window shopping

As I've said before I spend quite some time browsing online shops for cute outfits. Not that I buy everything I find, but I think this is a nice substitute for not having any real life shops to peruse. I always end up putting tons of things in my virtual shopping cart, but only rarely buy anything. Last week I actually did buy some stuff, as a birthday gift for myself, so I will not open that package until my actual birthday. I'll let you see what I got after that! I can promise you at least most of the stuff was following my own rules for my new wardrobe I talked about a few posts ago...

Anyway, I've heard about a - for me - new online shop, that actually ship to Brunei, so the other day I had a look at that one! It's called Zalora and carries their own brand, plus tons of international brands such as Mango, Ted Baker, Calvin Klein... I ended up spending a short eternity looking at their clothes for the Muslim festive season that will come soon, following Ramadan. I've been considering buying a suitable outfit that would be appropriate if we are invited to an open house - the most common way of celebrating here. Outside the "regular" stock this site has "modest wear" and Raya Season wear and some of the outfits there are absolutely spectacular! I think, as a westerner, we can learn something about elegance and the use of patterns, colors and structure when it comes to our festive clothing. Why do we tend to wear so much black? Here are a few of my favorite looks.



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These are just three of many fabulous creations. I'm not sure I ever find the right reason to wear anything like this, but they are amazing right? I'm having my eye on a less avant-garde piece though, a modern variety of a traditional Malayan kebaya and sarong, something that wouldn't look as conspicuous at a local party...

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When wearing local "costumes" I think it is important to make sure you don't do it to make fun of or downplay the importance of tradition and symbolism. Here in Brunei the locals are always happy to lend you an appropriate outfit and make you feel included, which is one reason I would like to buy a traditionally inspired outfit myself, as a way to show respect and appreciation. 

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