I've nothing against Target, mind you, but I suppose I just don't see the same goldmine of pretty clothes that some seem to find when they wander its aisles.
The truth is that I'm spoiled. Just the other day, I had the opportunity to sit on a downtown sidewalk for half an hour waiting for my ride. I was dreadfully hot, and the 6 inch window ledge I was sitting on was not terribly comfortable, but for thirty minutes I simply sat and looked at the people who passed me by, and I must admit, I was admiring their clothes.
In Malaysia, you'll see plenty of people wearing t-shirts and jeans, and you'll see tank tops and shorts too. You'll also see t-shirts with unintelligible English writing on them--I've never quite gotten behind that fad. But you also see quite a bit of more traditional clothing. It's the bright colors, the unique patterns, and sparkles that I love. They make getting dressed interesting, and I've always been a big believer that getting dressed should not inspire boredom.
I'm wearing a baju kebaya with a batik skirt. This is actually a fairly modern and even somewhat scandalous pattern--until this trip, I'd never seen this type of skirt before. The purple peek-a-boo part of the skirt is see through, which means I'm showing a bit of ankle and lower calf. What nerve!
I feel like a princess in this outfit. Years ago, when wedding dress shopping, I considered buying a white baju kebaya to wear for my wedding--you know my penchant for the unusual and for dresses with sleeves. I think somewhere I even have pictures of the ones I was considering. In the end, I decided to go with a Western dress--to this day I'm not quite sure why I had such a very traditional wedding, I believe my motivation was that if I didn't upset people by trying to insist on unique details, they'd let me have my way on the ASAP wedding date. Hey, it worked. And I think a more colorful baju kebaya is more versatile anyways.