Whenever the boutique windows on my favorite shopping path aren’t providing me with excited inspiration, then I know it’s time to surpass boundaries. Sure the world is getting smaller, globalization etc., etc., but somehow a lot of the hottest fashion trends from across the globe still fail to make it to our own wardrobes. When I get bored with the same 5 trends that I see everywhere, I shake it up with 5 new trends from other countries. Let these trends shake up your zip code as well:
Must Try Global Fashion Trends
In Brazil it’s all about rocking a Bahian inspired headscarf. Think Minnie Mouse meets Carmen Miranda and you’ve got the look. Polka dots, stripes and big time colors. Use a scarf, a bandana or a headband with extra material detailing. The best thing about this look is that it can be an easy fix for a bad hair day…that, and it puts you in the immediate mood for a little samba and caiprinhas. Beleza!
In France the “must de la saison” according to Marie-Claire France as well as the trendiest ladies on the streets, is the imprinted sweater. It seems simple, but leave it to the French to glamorize a boring sweatshirt with a phrase like “oh la la” imprinted over it, or a big lion’s face. The key to doing this look right is, of course, to be as Frenchie as you can with it. Quoi? That means that if you’re wearing a sweatshirt on top, pair it with glam accessories like bright red lips, faux leather leggings or killer pumps. Try this look by Zoe Karssen or make your own at Café Press.
In preparation for party season, it’s all about mesh cutouts. This is bringing sexy back with a vengeance because it’s showing skin, kind of. There’s some room for imagination with a mesh overlay and better yet, architectural interest in your ensemble. In England this look is available at Debenhams but if you can’t hop across the pond, try your luck at Topshop US.
With its recent Fashion Week, this city is abuzz with fashion inspiration for 2013 styles. The best takeaway came from designer Chuck Cheung’s Mass Concrete line, which showcased large black and white stripes in the most fun and glam ways. His inspiration for the collection: mazes and the two sides of emotions that hit when you are in one. Embrace this a-maze-ing style with skirts, jackets, scarves and in any other way you can.
Down under things are a little more laid-back, with the Aussies currently embracing the borrowed-my-boyfriend’s-clothes look. From baseball tees, baggy jeans, suit jackets and plain white tees, the look isn’t complete without at least one breakout feminine touch. Do this look right with girly heels, a flashy necklace or glitzy belt.