Hey Fashion Fille readers! I'm happy to be a guest writer here, I hope you are happy to read my post. I go to school in Costa Rica and have wanted to write about the diverse personal style I see here. Enjoy!
One of the reasons I started my blog, Dirty Laundry, was because I was downright appalled with the “fashion” I saw on the streets in Costa Rica (where I have lived for 10 years). I didn’t think that it was possible to have an entire country of people who were so disinterested in what they wore, and the truth is, I was right. Long after I had written off Tico fashion altogether and accepted the fact that I would just have to deal with seeing people in clothes two sizes too small in cheap, unflattering colours, I discovered a haven of chic, an oasis of elan if you will - university students. At the universities here, students put so much effort and creativity into their art and in turn, into their personal style.
Costa Rican fashion is heavily influenced by retro style but embellished with a personal touch. A few trends I have noticed for girls are patterns and details such as bright belts, animal print, grey-scale, and a tendency towards flats. The men, however are heavily influenced by a collection of seemingly contradictory styles such as rockabilly, emo, and the 90’s. In juxtaposition with American style, it is quite obvious that their relationship is one of influencer and interpreter. Below, for example, you can clearly see the influence that late 20th century American pop culture has had on CR style, with fashion icons such as Elvis, James Dean, and Johnny Cash recreated through the amusingly skewed perspective of American history that many Ticos hold.
I should also mention that the hipster-craze is slowly making its way down here by means of relentless American media and has manifested itself in the form of headbands and obnoxious new-rave gear, although I suppose that’s what ‘hipster’ is all about.