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Fashion Inspired By: Cinco De Mayo Fiestas

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! For those who don’t know, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture in commemoration of the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 and is not Mexican Independence Day. I grew up in Los Angeles where people go all out when celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Downtown LA basically explodes in jubilee with pinatas, mariachi music, margaritas and more delicious food than you can even imagine. Tonight, I’m sure I’ll be scrolling through Instagram, green with envy over all my Angeleno friends having the time of their lives at barbecues, parties or the famed Festival de Fiesta Broadway.

I firmly believe in dressing up for holidays with ourfits inspired by the holiday itself, though it can be tricky to do without going into kindergarten teacher territory. Basically, we’ll be taking influence from classic Mexican aesthetics as well as the vivid colors of the Mexican flag. We want your look to be a nod to the holiday and traditions, not a corny (or potentially racist) costume. As such, I put together a few outfits inspired by Cinco de Mayo that will work for any kind of fiesta you might attend.

1) Fancy dinner or party. If you’re celebrating at a slightly dressy party, be festive with a sexy red dress and carefully curated accessories.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo by theglossjoanna 

2) Festival Fiesta. If you’ll be rubbing elbows with all kinds of other people and frantically celebrating over Mariachi music and a fun, keep things casual and festive.When you’re at a festival or fair, you have more room to accessorize wildly. A pair of red plimsolls will be on point, but comfy enough to keep you on your feet all night.

Cinco de Mayo Casual
3) Casual and intimate private party. If you’ll be attending a more casual fiesta at a friend’s house, you show your Cinco de Mayo flair with a little more umph.try wearing an outfit with a subtle yet overt homage to Mexico. Embroidery and south western inspired  tassels should do the trick! An outfit like this doesn’t go too over the top with the colors of the Mexican flag, so you won’t look like a Pinata.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
4) Drunken Night. This outfit is inspired by tequila: everyone’s favorite Mexican drink. Let’s do some shots.
Tequila!
5) Mariachi Mood. Let’s face it the music–the Mariachi music! Not only are Mariachi bands fun and talented, but those guys have style! This outfit is inspired by that iconic Mariachi look.
Mariachi
Hop you all have excellent Cinco de Mayos.
Photos: Polyvore

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  • Samantha Escobar

    Number 5. I want EVERYTHING IN THAT OUTFIT.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Me too!!

  • gooodthings

    cultural appropriation alert.

    • Joanna Rafael

      At what point does this cross the line?

    • Anel B

      when the only time that blogs and website like this reference Mexicans is due to a commercially constructed holiday that is almost exclusively celebrated by those who are not Mexican, and our culture is reduced down to taco and margarita references and sweeping generalizations to what they consider to be fashion influences.