Let the last minute planning commence, because Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and this holiday typically entails a few of my absolute favorite things: vibrant colors, authentic Mexican cuisine, and of course, margaritas (but only frozen and they must be strawberry flavored). Each year on the 5th of May, a large percentage of the population chooses to don garish wardrobes and prepare for an all-out binge consumption of tacos and tequila. Interestingly enough, few know the true meaning behind the prominent event. Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday commemorating Mexican independence, but rather a celebration of their victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. It is a trivial holiday that is often over-looked to those living in Mexico, but has become a widespread observance of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States. How’s that for a little history lesson?
In a bid to embrace the holiday, I ordered this gorgeous blue and white striped mini dress last week from ShopBop. Conveniently, they were having a 25% off storewide sale at the time, so you could say it was fate. Unfortunately, the dress has since sold out in every size except for XS, but I’ve linked a few similar garbs at the bottom of the post. If you’re scrambling to find something to wear for the occasion – think bold patterns (you can’t go wrong with stripes), bohemian prints, fun colors, and copious amounts of pom-poms.
In addition to ensuring you’re dressed appropriately for Cinco de Mayo, there are a few other ways to show your support for the Mexican culture. Instead of heading to your usual taco joint, opt to support a local, Mexican-owned business if possible. If you aren’t completely blown away by the taste, quality, and aroma of authentic Mexican food, then there’s a high probability that something is wrong with you (or at the very least, your tastebuds). You can also choose to order your fashions directly from a Mexican designer or a store that supports the fair trade movement. If you’re a local Austinite, El Interior is a one-of-a-kind clothing and folk art boutique that promotes sustainable living. In fact, the owner actually travels to Mexico several times a year herself to buy from artisans directly. They also ship to any state in the North American region, so I’d highly recommend patronizing them if you get the chance. Oh, and please try to be respectful of the Mexican culture (that means leaving your pseudo mustaches at home).
Happy (preemptive) Cinco de Mayo! How will ya’ll be celebrating this year?