From the patterned-influences of South African fashion to the tailored and feminine looks of Australia, there is so much inspiration to be found in other countries. Here’s a highlight of some of my favorite street style looks from years past.
Though it’s a small island, Japan is known for not only creating the most innovative technology, but for introducing the freshest fashion trends to the world. The Japanese street style we mimic here in the States often reflects a much subdued version of the original. At any moment, women and men can be found walking the streets along Harajuku station in eye-catching ensembles that resemble characters we might see on TV.
There are so many branches of Japanese fashion, particularly Harajuku fashion, that incorporate influences from a variety of places. One might find a woman dressed in feminine yet dark gothic clothing in the same place you might find a woman dressed in a candy colored ensemble with an endless amount of jewelry stacked upon each other.
You can translate this street style into your personal wardrobe by adding a brightly colored bow to your outfit or mixing pastels together in one look. While it seems exhausting to wake up every morning and dress to the standard of Japanese street style, the creativity and thought that goes behind these outfits definitely deserves accolades.
While recent headlines told of the Queen’s fashion advice to Duchess Catherine (ahem, to lower her hemlines…), there is no doubt that loyal royal followers will continue to mimic the Duchess’ every fashion move. Nonetheless, it seems that British style mavens still love a good miniskirt – a pleated miniskirt to be precise. Pair your skirt with oversized layers or a preppy top, a chic piece of headwear, and you’re ready to for a day with London locals.
France is known as the home to the most luxurious of fashion houses (Hello, Chanel and Dior!), couture dreams, and all things glamour. Surprisingly, however, Paris street fashion is typically minimalistic, often monochromatic, yet still sophisticated and chic in every way. Truthfully, Parisian women can wear just about anything and the rest of the world will still be swooning over their flawless execution of simple sophistication and grace.
Certain parts of South Africa are known for their vibrant and pattern-loving fashions, a style that is certainly embraced throughout the US today. In light of the 2013 popularity of the pattern-mixing trend in the States, one can assume its origin started in the country whose nickname is, so appropriately, “the rainbow nation.”
For most of us, pattern mixing-and-matching doesn’t come as naturally. If you’d like to adopt this trend, start off with traditional patterns (polka dots, stripes, florals, etc.) and continue working your way up until you feel confident enough to rock even the most unexpected mixes.