How many of you have ever seen the show Fashion Police on the Entertainment channel? If you haven't seen it, awesome. That means you have a life. If you have seen it though (wow I'm sad for you, but I won't judge you because I've seen it too.), then you'll know that there is a segment of the show called "starlet or streetwalker." So in this segment of the show, we are shown an image of a person's body, and by the clothes they are wearing, we have to decide if she is a famous starlet, or a possible lady-of-the-night. I find myself playing this game in my head a lot here since the fashion seems to straddle that fine line. When they get it right, the girls look like movie stars...but when they get it wrong...well they tend to look like they just walked out of the latest Rap or Reggeatón music video...and I don't mean that in a good way. I mean, imagine if we all walked around trying to look like we belonged in a hip hop video? Well sometimes that's how I feel here, like I just walked into the latest Daddy Yankee production, and I suppose all the merengue music constantly being blared in the background only adds to that sentiment. That must just be my opinion though, because I have seen A LOT of "questionable" outfits, and nobody else seems to be making that judgement.
There is also this other really weird conservative faction, which I think can be attributed to the catholicism here. Those girls that don't fall into the "starlet or streetwalker" category tend to dress super conservatively and professionally, especially to work. Long pants, collared blouses, and suit jackets with nice pumps are never out of place, even though the temperature usually hangs around a sticky 90 degrees. I don't know how they do it. But it def makes for an interesting dynamic to see a Rhianna and a Michelle Obama both standing in the grocery store checkout line, perfectly naturally, right in front of you. Always makes me smile :D
With all that being said, my country bumpkin Illinois style is just a little out of place here, and our first pay check is coming up, soooo Alexis and I decided to do some "pre-shopping" to scope out the stores and see what we could find to spend money on, (as soon as we get it! ) And well, I couldn't help but model some truly Dominican attire for you. So I'll let you be the judge on these outfits: starlet, or streetwalker?