"Pura Vida" What I learned from Costa Rican Style
Central America has always been on my list of places to visit and when it came to where I should go for my birthday, this seemed like a perfect fit in the middle of New York's brisk winter. The moment the 93-degree humidity slapped me in my face in my face in February, I knew I made the right decision, but in addition to the beautiful weather, the culture is what immediately caught my attention.
Beginning the journey in San Jose, I noticed many people were dressed pretty professional for the intense weather situation. This dress code most likely attributed from the fact that San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and virtually the only corporate based city of the country.
Going out that night is when we finally saw everyone’s casual looks. Many women wore halter-tops and miniskirts while the men fancied more for the V-neck and denim look. The minimalist style was refreshing, as most women didn’t wear makeup and allowed their natural curls and waves to candidly blow in the wind as they leisurely walked to their destinations.
Although San Jose was lovely and the people were amazing, Manuel Antonio was my absolute favorite! In this beach town of only 22,000 people; the food, energy and ambiance stole my heart immediately. While seeking out a market place to explore, I captured many individuals who illuminated their personal style by mixing traditional Costa Rican pieces. These fashions included rebozos, choker band necklaces, and red slash belts mixed with modern resort styles.
The color palette used on many of the lightweight fabrics included a beautiful teal blue, radiant ruby red, and sunset gold. These colors, paired with the popular botanical prints, came alive against the many permanently tanned skins and dark features.
The relaxed fashions worn in Manuel Antonio mirror a way of life. This culture is made up of individuals that understand the importance of life quality and believes that stress and worry are such irrelevant emotions, because everything happens exactly how it's supposed to. Pura Vida!