Is it ok for WASPy (white anglo saxon protestants) to adopt aesthetic choices from other cultures?
Cultural appropriation - wikipedia
Internet wormholes have led me to many articles adressing cultural appropriation in the last few months. People way more educated and eloquent than I have attempted to either a) chide people for wearing bindis or crosses for fashion, or b) say that it's ok if the wearer dresses with deference to the culture and understands the item's meaning.
The subject of most of these discussions is the bindi, but it could be kimonos, overalls, plaid, tattoos, saris, turbans, jade, or anything that you have seen in another country or place besides non-person-of-color united states. The opportunities to both offend and appreciate are exhausting.
I think it's obnoxious to seek permission from someone else to wear anything, so I'll make my own decision to wear what I want and leave you to do the same.