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Retail therapy

July 3, 2014

I’m making a cultural wardrobe adjustment for work in Iraq. First I looked around to see what women here are actually wearing; there is huge diversity in the way they experiment with personal fashion within the framework of cultural and religious convictions. I’ve gone for long, light tunics as a first step. I am still getting used to shopping alongside women in hijab. A woman (in hijab) behind me at the cash register saw that I was buying these tunics and did a double take of me in my skinny jeans. Hehe.


My other story about hijab– before I left Bosnia, Auntie Djemila told me, “Don’t even think about covering yourself! I am Muslim and pray 5 times a day and fast during ramadan, and I don’t wear hijab.” This puts a whole new dynamic into the morning ritual of standing in front of the closet deciding what to wear.

These days I am so inspired Un-Fancy‘s strategies for paring down, creating a capsule wardrobe, buying strategically. I’m still figuring out my strategy…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    July 4, 2014 2:41 am

    lovely midnight blue! thanks for this glimpse into your new life 🙂

  2. July 6, 2014 4:41 am

    I love the blue collection too! It looks like you can do some nice mix and match combinations, esp. with the solids and prints. I agree with the basic wardrobe and buying strategically plan. That said, I can still never figure out what to wear in the mornings… 🙂

    • July 6, 2014 1:37 pm

      matching– exactly!! all of these are for wearing with loose dark pants. getting dressed in the morning is a big question– I need a uniform!

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