Today’s Cinco de Mayo OOTD was built around a vintage Mexican skirt from the 1950’s. We first saw the emergence of Mexican/Brazillian influence on fashion trends in the 1940’s during World War 2. This was due in part to the propaganda of the US Government to entice Mexico and South American countries to become allies. Because of their proximity to our boarders, it was of utmost importance to get these countries on our side. This movement, known as the “Pan-American Agreement” or the “Good Neighbor Policy”, was launched by President Roosevelt and included opening up trade and travel with Latin, Central, and Caribbean countries. It also involved feeding Latin trends, such as espadrille sandals, Mexican peasant blouses/skirts, and Brazilian floral headpieces, to the American public as the latest fashion trend. This influence is especially evident in certain cinematic costume choice, like those worn by Brazilian comedian, Carmen Miranda (I included some examples below, following my Mexican OOTD).
For today’s Cinco de Mayo-inspired OOTD, I paired my vintage Mexican skirt with a red lace bustier by La Perla underneath a gorgeous turn-of-the-century top. I chose all vintage accessories, including one of my favorite pieces of clothing: my vintage Vicenza handbag from Italy with horse detailing. Also a favorite in my closet, I polished the look off with sequin-encrusted peep-toe shoes by Prada. I wore a very similar outfit during my first NYFW back in 2012, you can check out the Racked NY Feature from New York Fashion Week Here.
Corset: La Perla (Similar available here.)
Handbag: Vintage Vicenza, Italy
Shoe: Prada (Similar available here.)