Ethical Outfit: Mexican Embroidered Dress


This traditional Mexican dress was the find of the season at a consignment store called Second Chic in Buffalo, NY. The price was already low at $42, but the store was having a sale, and it turned out to be only $22. The dress was brand new as far as I could tell, and it is beautiful.

The salesgirl told me that the woman who’d brought it in traveled often and she’d purchased too many clothes in Mexico. When I was in the store, they also had a yellow version of the dress and a yellow top in the same design. I don’t blame this lady for going nuts on these lovely hand-stitched pieces. The artful embroidery and attention to detail is amazing, and my photos don’t do it justice; my puff-sleeved dress is more striking in real life.

No labels are found on this dress, so it’s most likely made by a local artisan in Mexico. I asked my friend Patricia, who is from Mexico City, about the dress to learn more. She told me that it’s very traditional, not commonly worn and available, and they can be expensive. People wear them more at resorts.

I find the dress really comfortable, and I’m all about comfort when it comes to clothes—comfort and design. This teal number can be dressed up with heels and a nice clutch for a night out, or dressed down for casual daytime, like how I’m wearing it here with striped Maison de L’espadrilles wedges (made in France), Everlane’s High-Low Belt (made in San Francisco with Italian leather), and Rachel Comey’s Baan Bag (ethically made with wicker from the Philippines and vegetable-tanned leather from Italy). If you want your own Mexcian embroidered dress, but you’re not going to be in Mexico anytime soon, you can always search on Etsy or Ebay for something similar.

PURSE — RACHEL COMEY (see it with other outfits)

BELT – EVERLANE (see it with other outfits)

ESPADRILLESMAISON DE L’ESPADRILLES (see it with other outfits). Similar style from Saint James here.

Photos by Anne Tran

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