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Ethnic tops that cost what ethnic tops should cost

I like Isabel Marant as much as the next girl. One of my favorite bags of all time is an Isabel Marant bag, and I do not regret for a moment having spent a fortune on it. But it’s criminal what she gets for some of those little cotton ethnic tops of hers. I knew there had to be a better option out there.

So I contacted the first person I always do when I’m looking for anything bright, ethnic, and authentic: My dear friend Elise Loehnnen, who moved to LA last year run Beso (and its very shoppable blog), and who I miss desperately. She sent me a link to to La Mariposa Imports, which led to the discovery of  this rather winning hand-embroidered blouse.

And this one too, which falls just short of perfect due to a higher-than-ideal neckline, but is still pretty damn charming. It’s got that contrast-y thing going with the stripes and the pattern, which I seem never to tire of.

Then I found Great Blouses, a site that specializes in all manner of Romanian folk items, and happened upon this top, which couldn’t be not be more Marant-ified if it tried.

And over at the  Romanian Handmade Products site, they’ve got short sleeved versions, which are less French girl than Dazed and Confused, but could find a very nice place in one’s summer wardrobe.

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Posted on April 25th, 2012 6 Comments

6 Responses

  1. mslewis says:

    I usually stay away from “ethnic” because the colors and designs are too busy. However I like the second and the last tops. Very nice.

  2. Jessica says:

    I have gotten some cute vintage ones on Etsy. The bonus being, they’re cheap so if they turn out to be CRAZY, it’s not the end of the world.

  3. Jane says:

    This is genius. It’s always great to find alternatives to signature designer items. I love all things Isabel Marant, even though I sometimes feel like fashion sheep for it.

  4. Kim says:

    So pretty. Love them for the beach.

  5. Ann says:

    There’s a little Ukrainian shop on East 7th Street, in NYC…I’ve actually never been inside, but I’ve seen some cute peasant tops in the window. I always mean to check it out and for some reason never get around to it! Anyway, you might want to take a look, if you haven’t already?