Some of my biggest fashion inspirations come from people who travel the world. They’ll get back home and be wearing a wonderful mismatch of different countries’ trends and cultures. It’s the kind of look that makes you turn green with envy, especially if you don’t get a chance to travel often. It always seems so flawless and effortless, this worldly fashion sense. I wondered how easy it would be able to pull off myself. Without the need to travel the globe. Here are my top tips for adding a bit of the world to your wardrobe.
Do Your Research
Do you know what people from other countries and cultures wear? I thought I did until I started doing my research! Turns out, most of the western world dress the same. There are some slight differences between countries. However, for the most part, Europe and America dress identically. If you want some real inspiration, then you need to look further afield. Africa, Asia and the Middle East all have their very own take on fashion. You’ll find that they also have their own fashion magazines, catwalk shows and celebrity trends. Do a little bit of research into each continent and see what’s on-trend across the globe.
The Modest Dresser
Many of the places you’re going to take inspiration from dress a lot more modestly than the rest of the world. This isn’t a bad thing, however! Sometimes it’s due to religion and other times it’s simply down to the heat. And because it’s what everyone else is wearing. Why change that now? Dressing modestly doesn’t have to be unfashionable. During my research, I found some fabulous abaya designs that changed the way I felt about covering up. Many of us wear maxi dresses, so it isn’t too far from this modest trend.
The Quirky Dresser
While most of the other side of the world dresses modestly, there are some countries who do things a little differently. I’m thinking Japan, for some pretty unique styles! Here the women spend hours creating masterpieces as outfits. There are so many different trends and cultures here; it can make your head spin. You have the traditional women, who wear kimonos. You then have the women who love cosplay so much they wear it on the street. You’ve also got the candyfloss trend, which is all about the pastel hair and girly clothes. If you’re not keen on the idea of dressing modestly, use Japan as inspiration instead.
Just Do It!
Many people won’t change their wardrobe too much, as they’re worried what people may think. However, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Some of the fashion trends I’ve seen from other countries are absolutely awe-inspiring. I love the saris from India and the tribal headscarves from Africa. I’d love to have the guts to pull off the Japanese pop culture look or the modest Middle Eastern look. The thing is; you need to just give it a try. When out shopping, look for those pieces that will make a statement. Go for the bold patterns like the strong African women. Wear neon pink platforms like the candyfloss girls from Japan. You’ll then be turning people green with envy, as they wonder how much of the world you’ve seen.
You don’t have to go all out and dress as if you’re from a different culture altogether. However, it’s fun to see where these styles can fit in with your current wardrobe. Do you think you’ve got the guts to pull off some of these looks?