Plaza Murillo, La Paz
Socabaya, La Paz, Bolivia
Bolivia, Bowler Hats and BraidsTraditionally dressed Cholitas are quite possibly the most whimsically dressed women in all of South America. They wear full, multi-layered skirts in fabrics like velvet and satin, draped over knee socks or patterned leg warmers. They wear their jet black hair in two thick braids that are then fastened together by beads. But their most notable accessory is the bowler hat, usually quite small and worn perched on the head like a fascinator. If you wish to recreate the look, businesses around La Paz's Plaza Marcelo Quiroga sell Chola clothing, accessories and hats.