Have you heard about the cholitas of La Paz, Bolivia?
The appeal of these girls is a little like that of the Amish of both sexes and the (male) Hasidim and Etonian schoolboys, don't you think? Unrelenting formality in the middle of the modern world.
And yet their clear plastic flats are very Prada, no? And their colors, and their makeup, are so far from drab.
I must point out one more thing about the Cholitas: when I was studying the history of colonial Latin America, I learned that when Spanish churchmen gave Inca artists training and patronage to exalt the pantheon of Catholic deities with the sort of vivid Counter-Reformation icon art we see in Old World Catholic churches, the Cuzco school of painters continued to pay homage to their own accustomed pantheon of mountain deities by messing with the proportions of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus (etc.) so that their human figures took on the proportions of holy mountains like Macchu Picchu. I think the proportions of the Cholitas' outfits are in line with this tradition, as you can see below:
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