Style Inspiration from Tibetans

One of the best things I did in Tibet was getting myself a hat like that. Only $10 but forever makes a statement.

For me, this is probably the most fun post about Tibet to write because it aligns with one of my big personal interests. You all know I love colors and fashion, and seeing them during my travels is cherry on top.

Tibetans impressed me greatly with their unique, time-defying, and inspiring sense of style. They have a great eye for colors and patterns, wearing combinations that I myself would never be able to come up with. The best thing about the way they dress is that layering, accessorizing, and wearing bold colors are part of their culture; they most likely don’t stand in front of the mirror for hours mixing and matching to attract attention and be photographed. It’s not about actively trying to express their individuality through clothes like how we justify ourselves these days; it’s about using clothes to convey their history, heritage, beliefs, and social statues. I never got to talk to them to understand more about why they wear what they wear as most of Tibetans don’t speak English and are shy, so I did some googling and found these insightful explanations of Tibetan clothes, jewelry, and ideas. Fascinating read!

Nothing is more visual than clothes, so without further ado, let me show you why Tibetans are easily one of the most effortlessly well-dressed people you will ever come across.

These women are very sartorially adept and can teach advanced courses in mixing colors. Combining cobalt and pink takes a lot of skills.

I posted this on my Instagram a while ago, and everyone LOVES her magenta gloves. I personally think she looks incredibly stylish from head-to-toe. Sneakers with robes are both fashionable and functional.

I met him on the way to Mt. Everest. He tried to sell me some beads but didn’t succeed, as I wasn’t interested in anything but Mt. Everest at that point. However, I succeeded in asking him for a portrait, even though Tibetans are notoriously averse to being photographed. I was sincerely impressed with his characteristically rugged Himalayan look and how he dressed with so much panache. His earrings could easily sell for a few thousand dollars, as they’re made of red coral and turquoise stones, both of which are very valuable. Also, now, the khaki and red combination is in my repertoire. I need to buy red stuff.

It is time that all of us have colorful stripes things in our wardrobe.

mount kailash sunset, confused dasher, How to Spend Two Weeks in Tibet, suggested itinerary for two weeks in tibet, 3 day kora around mount kailash trip reportHis outfit is 200% runaway-ready. Perhaps on the catwalk of Louis Vuitton. Its menswear designer Kim Jones loves the Himalayas.

mount kailash sunset, confused dasher, How to Spend Two Weeks in Tibet, suggested itinerary for two weeks in tibet, 3 day kora around mount kailash trip reportI met them when my entire body felt as if it was disintegrating after I trekked 22 kilometers for the whole day at an altitude of 17,093ft/5,210m to Mount Kailash, the most sacred place in Tibet and one of the holiest in the world. They look small in stature and live with the most spartan of conditions yet put the rest of us to shame when it comes to endurance. These two in particular also have plenty of style and attitude.

          Tibetan traditional jackets do NOT look outmoded at all. I’d wear them, especially the one on the right. The color is so great!

    I regret not having searched hard enough for those boots when I was there. Thus, I will most likely never own them in this lifetime.

You know 2 things now: 1) How to stylishly roll up the sleeves of your jacket and 2) Maroon goes extraordinarily well with dark blue.

     You also know how to wear a jute sack stylishly now. Team it with green!

I hope these two girls will never forgo bold colors and wear exclusively boring black, navy, and grey like 76% of the population when they grow up. It would be pretty tragic if that happened. 

I literally gasped when this young Tibetan lady showed up and introduced herself as the porter for our group. We were about to trek 54 kilometers at an average elevation of 5,000m/16,400ft where the oxygen available is only 55%. Just walking was going to be arduous, let alone also carrying 15 kilograms. Not only did I have some serious doubt whether she was physically capable of taking on this gruelling job, but I also felt it wasn’t morally right to let a woman do it. But we had no other alternative, and this is what she does to begin with. But only after a few hours in, she proved that my worry was unwarranted. She trekked and carried the backpack you see in the photo like a #girlboss while talking (at times yelling) and laughing non-stop and hysterically on her phone. She spoke no word of English so I had no idea whom she was speaking with and what it was all about, but it was both entertaining and annoying to be right next to a chatterbox when my head was pounding and my lungs contracting hard. Our entire communication was delivered by our body language. Sometimes when she was tired, she would just stop, gesture us to keep walking, and then lie down on some rock and nap under the menacing sun and wind. Half an hour later she would be right behind us. Which was both reassuring and creepy. When I pointed at my legs and facially expressed that I was tired and bored, she would tap her lap, wink at me, blow a kiss, and say something that I was certain meant You’re Welcome to Sit On My Lap. It was back-and-forth teasing and side-eyeing like that the whole time, but it was the only way to make the strenous trek more bearable. I couldn’t imagine going through that kind of thing with a Debbie Downer. Remember to be playful and flirty with everybody is all I’m saying.

We rested in her hut while waiting for our bus. And she was a true delight; she grinned widely when we asked about her chusbas (robe), her belt, her necklace, and her earrings.

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