Tight Pants: Packing for Peace Corps Jamaica

Packing for Peace Corps is a tough job. How can you possibly decide what you will need for two years and fit it all into two bags, weighing under 80 pounds. We PCVs in Jamaica thought we would share our thoughts on what you can and can't live without. Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not express the views of Peace Corps, the US Government, or any other organizations named in these pages.

Friday, March 10, 2006

You too can be a dancehall queen: the secret of Prince

Ah, Jamaican male fashion. I must forewarn that amongst Jamaicans, I definitely fail to attain Dancehall Immortality. In fairness to myself, few (if any) PC males do so. But you can try if you like. The key to male dancehall attire is simple. You must think (and dress) like Prince. Actually, if you raid your 80's closet, you'll be close to in business. Rules to remember:
1. In Jamaica, weird male fashion is HOT. I mean, the crazier you make it, the more you'll be loved in the Dancehall scene.
2. Male fashion is as demanding as female dancehall fashion. You will be expected to fit into pants that clearly define your, uh, definitions.
3. You will be expected to match. How this jells with rule #1 is the key to dancehall mens' wear.
4. Men in the dancehall scene are not afraid (i.e. unaware) of distinctions between male and female fashion.They will regularly utilize the much more flamboyant attire available to women to spruce up their plummage.
5. Your hair will not be a problem. Although most Jamaican men cannot really pull of 80's punk hairstyles, they do apply saloon techniques such as extensions and wigs to achieve the mighty 80's dos.

Do be aware however, that Dancehall is really only prevalent in the major cities. Efforts to be the most dancehall in rural regions may be misconstrued as 'Weird White People Behaviour' (note that WWPB applies to anything from foreign). Good luck to you. My next post will cover what to wear to remain totally conspicous in public.



At Thursday, April 20, 2006 4:53:00 PM, Blogger Randall said...

Love it,This is crazy...;)


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