Shopping Guide for Best Exotic Style – Updated for 2015!

March 22, 2015 in Design, Fashion, Social Responsibility, Style, Sustainability, Travel by alliemcc

My original post on the styles of Best Exotic has gotten so much love since the first film came out– and the producers graced us with its sequel this year! It's been a huge inspiration to women everywhere: the South Asian-inspired costumes worn by Judi Dench and Co. in the film looked 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:

flax layered look

Flax – Another cult brand! Based on linen in classic shapes. Also find your local (US) store with this link.


mela blue scarf

Mela Artisans – a social enterprise featuring jewelry and accessories, including scarves, from India. Also available through's daughter site, WorldStock. Shipping to US and a number of international locations.



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

See how I styled it in this article!


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 capris

Deva Lifewear – natural fiber apparel produced via a cottage industry, made in the USA. The beloved brand has been rescued and revived by a former contractor! Canadian & international orders require a money order.




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