Sunday Vintage: Hopi Doll Novelty Skirt

I can't believe I haven't featured this as one of my 'Sunday Vintage' pieces yet!  Not only is it legit one of my favorite pieces of clothing, but it's probably about the 4th or 5th piece of vintage that I ever bought.  Green and purple are my favorite colors so the fact that there's so much of it really got my attention.  And because this skirt is both black and white it's easy to go from summer to winter (with layering), as well as using the oranges in it for fall and the pastels for spring.  It's definitely one of my most functional vintage pieces!  
I have a religious studies background.  (Not theology or seminary; the objective studying of religion and history of).  I was going to continue on in hopes of getting a doctorate in that field right about this time, but I've decided to shelf that plan.  The past few years health wise threw me off my game and knocked down a lot of dominos I had set up getting things in order to go down that path in the most successful way possible.  Sometimes I panic and try to brainstorm how to start this process now, three years after I wanted to, but mostly I've reconciled that this isn't meant to be.  I have some other pots on the stove, metaphorically speaking, that may end up leading to some of the things that I wanted to do with a doctorate anyway.  It's an ambitious and kind of a "create your own ending" field so there's a few ways to do some of the things I was wanting to do.  I just mostly wanted to be known as an "expert", which I why I was gunning for the school route.  

That all said, I immediately started researching Native American dolls upon getting this skirt as I was curious about what this novelty print was all about.  Native American religions, Hinduism, some lesser known Asian religion, and the occasional aboriginal religion are the ones I'm least versed in.  Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and a slew of ancient ones I'm way more fluent in and can hold my own in discussions and debates.  This skirt gave me a great opportunity to research some stuff I was less familiar with.  Most of my searches came up with the likelihood that the figures on the print of this skirt are Hopi/Kachina dolls.  There's a whole mythology around the idea that Kachinas were essentially spiritual guides who would lead the Hopi people with bringing them good luck.  Fables have it that the spirits were either killed off or they were taken for granted for; either in which left only the paraphernalia (the dolls) behind that were continued to be used as idols.  A search ending similarly also said that these dolls were often used to bring good luck with marriage.  But without finding a doll or print that 100% matched the print on my clothes, I'm not 100% sure that I even have the right tribe.  That said, I'm fairly certain I'm in the right neighborhood because I found an array of dolls for sale and in historical sites that looked pretty similar.  If anyone has a recommendation on a good book on Native American religions and mythologies, please let me know!
Glasses and Necklace- Charming Charlie
Crop Top- Forever 21
Shoes- G by Guess via DSW
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  1. You look totally divine in this ensemble!

    Rebecca
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  2. This outfit is adorable and I'm loving that skirt and the lace crop you paired it with! Forever 21 always has some of the best crop tops xoxo

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    1. Forever 21 truly does! It's the only thing I really shop there for anymore! Thank you! XO

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  3. Very sweet and romantic! I love the skirt ❤️
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  4. The print of the skirt is so cute and it looks great with the crop top! Great summery style!

    Prudence
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  5. How I LOVE this skirt, so so pretty! Much love, Kirsten xx

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  6. Love the print of this skirt! So fun.

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  7. Love the versatility of this skirt going theough the different seasons. You looking so cute pairing it with a crop top! Great little behind the scenes info on the Native Americans too.

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  8. Well, maybe you don't have to shelf the idea of the PhD, just postpone it... I finish two masters 4 years ago and I am also thinking of a PhD, but I know it can't be so soon, due to several reasons, like you have yours too. But don't put the plans in a drawer, well, only if you really want to! Just be happy, doing what you prefer, of course! It is very nice that the skirt gave you the opportunity of researching - I loooved it, would love to wear it! You look fabulous!
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    1. I'm afraid of not completing due to health issues. I'm doing well this year but am unfixable. After 6 months with 6 hospital visits...the time, commitment, and money to go back to school becomes scary. But I'll never stop learning ;) Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  9. Hi love! I hope you had a great weekend! You look absolutely beautiful today, as always! You always put such nice outfits together!
    Sending you much love & I hope your Monday is as marvelous like you!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    1. Thank you lovely! Hope you had a good week and are having a good current weekend!

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  10. I'm loving the skirt, so pretty! You look gorgeous! :)

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    1. Checking out your blog now :) Thank you, lovely!

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  11. The skirt is so cute! I love the pattern!

    xx,
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  12. Hi beautiful, this is a great look, that midi skirt is so pretty love the original print!! Have a great week.
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  13. Love that skirt! You look amazing!! xx

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  14. What a fun skirt, you look great.

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  15. Wow! What an interesting field of study! I really enjoyed learning more about the Hopi/Kachina dolls. How cool that you were able to find a skirt with such an interesting story!

    And way to rock the midriff - you look outstanding!

    -Lindsey
    Have Clothes, Will Travel

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  16. What a beautiful skirt, Lauren! I was so intrigued by this print; thank you for explaining the meaning behind these dolls:) You look great!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the meaning behind it!!

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  17. Effortlessly beautiful, the top and the skirt really look amazing!
    Have a nice day. :)

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  18. You look like you are having such a great time in these photos. Your pictures always give off such happy vibes and you always look so beautiful. This is a very cute outfit dear.

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    1. Thank you! That's so sweet and I appreciate that!

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  19. Wow! Love this look! You did a great job styling it! I'm obsessed with that skirt!

    Paulina

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  20. I love this lay on proportions Lauren! Your crop top looks great with this midi skirt!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
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