Shopping Guide for Best Exotic Style

September 17, 2013 in Fashion, Social Responsibility, Style, Sustainability, Travel by alliemcc

My original post on the styles of Best Exotic has gotten so much love since last spring! It's no wonder, since the South Asian-inspired costumes worn by Judi Dench and Co. in the film were so elegant, comfortable, and flattering.



Photo via Film Matters Magazine.


Lots of readers wanted to know where to find the tunics, scarves and jewelry, and I put up a few links to retailers that I know and trust. But pages move, styles sell out, links break.

So, here's my go-to guide to shopping online for your very own Best Exotic style! I've focused on ethical and fair trade producers, so you can support skilled artisans with your purchase. I'll try to keep the links as up to date as possible. And please let me know if you're looking for something particular, or if you know of a great source you'd like to share!

In no particular order:


blog mymela best exotic panchachuli

MyMela – an Ethical Ocean shop, a social enterprise featuring jewelry and accessories, including scarves, from India. Also available through their own website. Shipping to US and a number of international locations.


marketplace india

Marketplace India – a nonprofit social enterprise with a full range of clothing and accessories, and home decor. Shipping to continental US only.


ten thou vill necklace

Ten Thousand Villages – Fair Trade retailer with brick & mortar shops plus online, mostly home decor & gifts plus scarves, bags & jewelry. Shipping to US and Canada (must use this link) only.


deva tunic

Deva Lifewearnatural fiber apparel produced via a cottage industry, made in the USA. Styles are limited, due to supply chain issues, so be sure to look for their email confirmation. Canadian & international orders require a money order.


gaiam harem pants

Gaiam occasionally has something appropriate for daywear. Mostly jersey knits and activewear for yoga. (This is their Zazen pant.) Shipping to US and Canada only.


naturals pendant

Naturals Inc. – beautiful South Asian-inspired jewelry, plus ethical apparel basics, handbags, and Dr. Hauschka skincare. Shipping to most countries, charges apply. (I'm a Naturals affiliate!)


For more general inspiration on this style, be sure to check out my Pinterest board!