Today’s post is about one of my favourite dresses, the traditional embroidered Mexican peasant dress. I also need to point out however, that poor Daisy had chicken pox last week, which is why she’s looking spotty in the picture above.
Because Daisy was off school all week, and the sun just happened to be shining (she chose well to have chicken pox last week), we had been out and about in the fresh air making the most of the warm days. It was Daisy’s idea that we should both wear our Mexican peasant dresses with gold sandals, on our picnic in the park, which makes a change as I struggle often to get her to wear anything but her My Little Pony T-shirt (note, I didn’t buy it but don’t have the heart to throw away) and leggings.
I bought my first of my Mexican dresses (below left) last summer from Elizabeth Palmer, who at the time was on Etsy. I love it, and have already worn it to death over the last few weeks, including a day at the beach yesterday. All her dresses are hand-embroidered and the quality is fantastic. She has a new website, which is slightly confusing, but if you message her through her Facebook page with any queries, she’s very helpful.
Another favourite, but for vintage (mainly 70s) dresses, particularly the heavily embroidered Oaxacan dresses (below right), is Vdingy, another Etsy favourite. Although based in Los Angeles, postage is reasonable, fast and reliable. It’s also worth checking back regularly as new stock is added all the time. My yellow Oaxacan dress is my favourite for this summer, although whilst researching for this blog post, a beautiful white dress with purple embroidery found it’s way into my shopping basket. I’m sure it will be making an appearance on Instagram soon after its arrival.
Over the weekend, again while researching for this blog post, I found two more fabulous Mexican dress boutiques which are definitely worth checking out, in addition to the ones below. The first is the Mexican Clothing Co, which has a huge range of embroidered dresses for both grown ups and little ones, in a wonderful range of colour combinations and patterns. They are also very reasonably priced. The second is The Little Tienda, who again, has a huge selection of colours and patterns.
So with my vintage Mexican Oaxacan dress winging it’s way across the Atlantic, I’m also really tempted to invest in a couple more for the summer. Apart from the fact that they’re so easy to throw on and comfortable to wear, they are so unusual and I have never been asked by so many people where my dresses are from.
1. Pure Love Mex Mexican Embroidered Dress, £46.23
2. Vdingy Vintage Hand Embroidered Mexican Dress, £43.55
3. Vdingy Vintage Hand Embroidered Mexican Dress, £32.16
4. Vdingy Vintage Oaxacan Hand Embroidered Maxi Dress, £83.75
5. Vdingy Mexican Hand Embroidered Dress, £36.85
1. Xicana Store Girl’s Mexican Embroidered Dress, £26.90
2. Elizabeth Palmer Palomita Mexican Handmade Embroidered Girl’s Dress, approx £30
3, 4 and 5. Xicana Store Girl’s Mexian Embroidered Dress, £26.90