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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.




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  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.




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  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.




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  4. Kim says:

    So pretty. Love them for the beach.




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  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?




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