I’ve often been posed with the question “What are you?” It always struck me as something that wasn’t exactly easy for me to answer. I was born in California to ethnically Chinese parents who immigrated from Indonesia. So I guess that makes me an American of Chinese decent with some Indonesian heritage. Phew, what a mouthful! And while it made for a rather confusing upbringing, I’ve learned to embrace the nuances of each culture, especially food and clothing!
I’m featuring here an oversized batik romper from the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia! Firstly, I’d like to say that I love rompers—they’re amazingly comfortable, perfect for warm summer weather, and provides protection that skirts do not; although don’t get me wrong, I still love my skirts ;) Secondly, this beautifully patterned cloth is called batik and is a popular clothing type in Indonesia. The cloth is wonderful for hot summer weather: it’s light and breathable (it’s got to be considering the climate of Southeast Asia), and easy to care after.
To add a dressier touch to this casual romper, I added a contrasting white belt with a gold enclosure cinched at the waist to add a bit of dimensionality. I paired it with patent D’Orsay heels and a stunning shell-inlay bracelet for a hint of class! Add a pair of shades and I was ready to go.
Have you found some foreign or cultural influences to dress up your wardrobe or clothing styles? As always, thanks for dropping by. I’d love to hear from you so please leave your thoughts in the comments below!