After spending a little more than a week in Shanghai, I’ve become oriented my new campus, neighborhood and city. Since classes haven’t begun yet, I’ve had the opportunity to really explore what Shanghai’s fashion world has to offer. The trending pieces here are very girly/preppy outfits, lace, fur, pearls, collars and glitter. I know what I described could also work for a Cher costume, but believe me when you pick and choose, you can produce a great outfit.
The University of Fudan students dress to impress. Almost every girl is wearing a pair of heels and a strategically put together outfit. My exchange partner has thirty-five hours of class a week plus a one hour bus commute to and from school, yet she still takes time to look impeccable and makes a point of keeping up with the latest trends. When I was living in Kingston, my house was two blocks from most of my classes and some days, I was lucky if I had the chance to brush my hair. The Fudan student’s dedication to fashion supersedes anything I’ve witnessed at Queen’s.
I chose this week’s Fashionista because of the simplicity of her outfit. The long white maxi dress and the tasseled leather belt stood out in the crowd of glitter and prints.
Although this week’s Fashionista was simple and elegant, I have to give a shout out to Shanghai’s fashion risk takers. They mix and match prints and experiment with new textiles. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out but, to be honest, I really envy their sense of adventure. While I’m here I’m going to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and wear things I normally wouldn’t.