During a recent trip to Austin, I noticed several women wearing these airy, embroidered blouses. My style icon ended up being a little French girl wearing one as a dress while she scampered around the pool of the apartment complex where I was staying (amazing how even French toddlers can wear clothes with such aplomb). I promptly tracked down an amazing store called El Interior, which sells garments and decorative objects handmade by women artisans in the Oaxaca region of Mexico.
I love this lightweight and gauzy blouse for summer, tucked into navy shorts, high-rise jeans and pencil skirts. I love even more that it’s not an Anthropologie or Free People version of a traditional Mexican blouse, but rather comes straight from the source and bolsters the local economy. I made off with a marigold-colored skirt and a hat as well, and am currently holding out for a white dress with embroidered peacocks for my next visit.