So, I'm Hispanic and am really, really tired of people asking me what my ancestry is. Sometimes, I feel like, because I don't have blue eyes and blonde hair, I'm seen as exotic and less of an American. When I tell most of these people that I'm Latina, they're usually very surprised -- which I don't get, considering I have the stereotypical 'Latina' features (dark hair, dark eyes, curvy body).
I think I'd like to start dressing more 'Latin' -- just to get in touch, a bit more, with my cultural roots. Unfortunately, I don't have very many Latina friends that I can rely on for advise.
I think the main reason is because your skin tone is lighter. I would not suggest tanning as it is bad for your skin, and will make you look old, long before your time.
I have mistaken some Mexican women, for Americans just because their English was so good. I just saw them as another American. So maybe you just don't sound Hispanic enough, for your race to be important enough to register in peoples minds.
who gives a shit I am Hispanic and because i speak without an accent people can't figure me out they usually guess west Asian or they think I am a mix of white and black. Also you don't have a picture on right now but apparently from the comments you are very light skin and that's fine Hispanic is not a race it's a culture and a socio-geographical background you can be blue and be Hispanic if people are too ignorant to understand that because they were raised in a country that likes to divide, lump, and categorize people by their so called "Race" then so be it.
dress like a latina... start with looking up sofia vergara's style.
No offense but I don't think dressing differently will get you in touch with your cultural roots. I think spending time with your family, learning more about your culture or even taking a trip to the birthplace of your culture would do more for you. Also since you used the term Hispanic then Latina I don't know if you should learn Spanish or Portuguese.