Wearing: Monse Ruffle Skirt (find similar here, here, and here), Stella McCartney Mules (shop similar here), Storets Off The Shoulder Top (similar here, here, here, and here), Le Specs The Last Lolita Sunglasses (budget option here), and a Boyy Bag
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Reminiscent of Latin America and Spain, there’s no better way to pair a ruffle skirt than with an off-the-shoulder top and strappy mules for a playful effect.
I don’t know whether or not I have mentioned it before, but I’m originally from Honduras and I came to live to Germany around 14 years ago. If I didn’t mention it, it’s probably because not only do I not find it important nor relevant, but because it is a bit sad for me to do so, since, like many Latin American countries, it is a very poor and politically unstable place infested with crime and corruption. Don’t get me wrong, because I am by no means embarassed of it and despite its problems, it is an incredibly beautiful country with the kindest and warmest people you will ever meet and with the most paradisiac turquoise-watered and white sand beaches you will ever put a foot on. But don’t get me wrong either, because I am not proud of it either.
You see, if I never mentioned where I come from, it is because I only want people to judge me based solely on the quality of my work, my abilities, talents, skills, ethics, intellect, personality, i.e. for who I actually am, not based on a geographic location, which I didn’t choose. No human being is their country, neither does that say who you really are. Sadly, a lot of people can’t get past prejudice and stereotyping and I base what I am saying not only on observation, but on many negative past experiences ranging from scoffs as soon as I mention my origin to denying me job opportunities, particularly regarding my work as a blogger coming from German PR agencies. But I’ll leave that to another blog post.
Having said that, I’ve discovered that I feel related to ruffled garments and off-the-shoulder tops, two Latin elements (sans the vivid colors and the prints). I own around 3-4 ruffled skirts and probably the double amount of off-the shoulder tops. Yes, that’s how much I love it.
I’ve read several articles on online magazines with fashion editors saying good-bye to off-the-shoulder tops in a condescending tone, but I’m sorry to let you know (provided you aren’t enthusiastic about them), that they are not going anywhere anytime soon. And I’m not complaining.
BTW, if you are looking for more ways to wear a ruffle skirt, check out this post.