I don’t care if I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer, I still like to look nice. I still wear makeup. Everyone adopts their own sense of style during their Peace Corps service. Some people rock the hippie look. Some people opt for the market clothes pile diving. Some people avidly raid the free box from other volunteers. Some people get clothes made. Some people are still wearing the same two shirts they brought with them. Everyone has a different attitude toward style in Peace Corps. I know that probably half of Peace Corps Ghana scoffs at the fact that I still wear makeup almost daily. It doesn’t help that I just got a makeup extravaganza box in the mail from my mom. Look out Ghana! I’ve got 50 new eyeshadows and nothing but time!
I have to admit though I am pretty proud of my ever growing Ghana fashion collection. My tailor at my old site was marvelous, she was pretty good at replicating the pictures I gave her. There is something so great about getting a Western style dress from the tailor and it is full on batik or piecey piecey. Don’t even get me started on planning my All Vol outfits. All Vol is not only a time for all volunteers to get together, but it is when all the girls bust out their best clothes. It is like peacocks puffing up their feathers. Everyone wants to be the cutest, the best dressed, the most stylish volunteer to parade around All Vol. Only 4 more months and I need to get planning. I refuse to wear outfits that I have worn before, I need to get new ones made.
Oh god. I’m turning into that person. Oh well. I am supporting locals with my ridiculous fabric and tailor addiction. At least that’s what I tell myself. I know I can’t be the only volunteer out there that loves the local fashions.
So, calling all Peace Corps Volunteers! Do you have some fabulous local fashions that you would like to share? Have you gotten some great clothes made from the tailor? Do you combine local fabrics with western styles? Or do you go full on local?
I want to see your Peace Corps Style! In the comments below send me a link to your blog/pictures. I’d like to see how Peace Corps Volunteers around the world blend Second and Third Goals with their fashion. Share your Peace Corps Fashions here: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceCorpsFashions
So show off your stuff! What have you got made that you are really proud of?
Here are some of mine:
Local batik, Anthropologie design
Local batiks and wax print, Anthropologie based design
Peace Corps batik, local design
Woodin fabrics, own design
Accra batik, own design
Accra giraffe batik, tailor’s design