Style Your Xauv ‘Silver Hmong Necklace’ + Professional Conference Attire

My husband and I recently went to Fresno for the Hmong National Development (HND) Conference in early April. I presented on how to get in to pharmacy school with one of my students + Hmong Herbal Medicines. Send me a note if you are interested. It’s always feels great to get re-energized. I left this conference feeling empowered and proud of being Hmong (Not to mention: a friendly reminder to  brush up on Hmong vocabulary). One of the most rewarding experiences was being part of the Health Forum and discussing recommendations with other healthcare professionals on Hmong Health to the HND Committee.

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Here are some outfit ideas on what to wear for conferences. Instead of all black (which is a safe option), I opted for my mint + white peplum blazers from H&M for Spring-y feel. Of course, I couldn’t forget my xauv ‘Silver Hmong Necklace’ into the mix.

1) Mint + Chevron


Chevron Printed Dress similar from Ruche here/ Mint Blazer similar from ThreadSence here/Black Opaque Tights/Black Zara Wedges similar from Aldos here

2) Royal Blue

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Royal Blue Dress (Xgeneration Boutique – old) similar here/Grey Zara Cardigan/Studded H&M Nude Heels similar here/Kate Spade Tote

3) White + Pink

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Pink H&M Dress with Collar Detail (Last Season) similar here/ White Blazer similar here/ Studded H&M Nude Heels

What is the history the ‘xauv’ pronounced ‘sow’?
Some sources state that the Hmong were prisoners in China and wore the xauv for this purpose (see link). However, the xauv have become part of tradition and is given 3 days after a baby is born to protect their soul from wandering.  Now, these necklaces are worn during celebrations (i.e. weddings, Hmong New Year, etc.).

What sources do you have on the history of the Hmong xauv and how would you style it?

If you liked this post, you can see my previous posts on how I styled my ‘xauv’ for every day herehere and here.

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  1. I’m so glad you were able to attend and help inform the younger generation about how to reach farther than they can dream. A lot of young adults do not ever try to discover much because they are safe in their bubble. At least now, they are exposed to just a little bit more. Plus, I hope there were parents in the audience. I hope they are open to the idea of sending their children to bigger and better colleges. =)

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