WORDS BY CLAUDIA SIRON
After a fabulous trip overseas, it’s hard not to take note of the hot fashion trends in some of the world’s most fashionable cities. It was a scorching summer in Europe this June and July, full of sexy ensembles, and it would be rude not to take some of this influence back to Oz! Trotting my way through almost twenty different cities, I’ve narrowed it down to my five top style destinations and included some hot tips for our very own summer wardrobes!
I spent most of my trip in France and it really was as fabulous as the Hollywood movies make it out to be. Paris is obviously the highlight when it comes to fashion! The Parisians have a way of always keeping it sweet and simple when it comes to their style choices – basic colour schemes and non-complicated patterns are constantly in style. What really stood out for me was the simple singlet tops with loose three-quarter pants, styled up with a hair piece to finish the look. Some women had bandanas, some had hair clips or flower crowns, just to spice it up a little. I met this girl (below) in Boulogne (just outside of Paris) at La Fete de la Musique, and I couldn’t help but ask to take her photo – I have never met someone so Parisian!
London is home to the wildest and whackiest of fashion choices. The city of daring style has always had an underlying modern punk theme. Unlike France, the outfit choices are much more extravagant, detailed and complicated. A girlfriend I met up with who has a cool, innovative and individualistic style, really fit right into the London fashion vibe. This look she had in particular really stood out. Loads of jewellery/accessories with a more simple top and skirt, paired with knee high platform boots.
Italy in summer is HOT. I noticed many women, including myself, wore layers. Hats, shoals, light cardigans and umbrellas were the trend. It’s a lot of light layers for sun protection yet adding chic style to accompany short dresses.
Florence, compared to Rome and Venice’s urban-wear, has a tuscan-country vibe. This summer I spotted a lot of floral patterns for almost any outfit choice. There was also a strong repetition of white and red. It felt like the classic go-to summer look for Florence and I was a huge fan. All of the girls I was with wore long, floral summer dresses from home or found in the markets in the centre of Florence.
Forget those sweet floral prints you would find in Italy. Prague summer fashion is more similar to the French; it’s quite simple and elegant. Yet, I find a more masculine way of dressing there. Plenty of denim, t-shirts and pant-suits. White, blue and grey was a common colour combination, and the warm scenery and views enhanced the cooler, muted tones found in the women’s style. It’s a nice balance but there is definitely more colour to be found in other parts of Europe.
This classic dress I saw in EVERY country ~
The classic blue and white striped off-the-shoulder dress. Some women wore a top version pairing it with their skirt or jeans, but the dress was the most popular choice. I am a huge fan of off-the-shoulder: it’s one of the sexiest and more flattering style items, especially for women with broad shoulders. I just had to buy myself one and it was totally worth it! I will definitely be bringing out this European style essential for Summer in Sydney.