STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Fashion Gone Abroad

April 24th, 2015 at 2:00am

In the fashion industry, designers create lines based on styles seen around the world. Individuals from different cultures can express themselves through clothing, jewelry and makeup. For example, Japanese women wear traditional kimonos with silk embroidery. Furthermore, Indian communities paint themselves with henna. In Africa, cultures choose daring patterns that have bold colors. As one can see, countries view clothing as an important element in their culture. Every culture has a different esthetic and unfortunately many are not aware of the various styles evolving today. As a fundamental part in fashion, both men and women need to authenticate their wardrobes and venture beyond the typical styles portrayed in America.

Observing looks from the runway, designers often exaggerate the styles seen from outside cultures. The runway gives designers a chance to go beyond everyday wear and design avant-garde pieces. In terms of street style, Fashionistas can experiment and find inspiration from different cultures. While exploring, keep your ensemble simple. Incorporate a maximum of two details reflected in that particular culture. By concentrating on only two details, you stay away from the costume look.

Observing the Fashionista’s outfit, she created a Mexican-inspired look. Dresses from Mexico have a lot of floral embroidery. A traditional dress is made out of a lightweight material. The material comes in various colors. In most cases, the embroidery is sewn near the décolletage and the hemline. The Fashionista wears a simple dress and she makes the embroidery the major statement. Lastly, she pairs the dress with leather sandals. The leather sandals make her outfit appropriate for everyday and it gives the whole look a rustic feel. A lot of Fashionistas wear similar dresses and they are very comfortable for the summer time!

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Explore the different styles portrayed around the globe. In America, we always pair tank tops with jean shorts. As of now, it’s time to step back and learn how others perceive beauty. As individuals, we all define beauty in a different light. Nonetheless, we can reshape our original beliefs and work towards a higher level of creativity.”