The world of travel and fashion are intricately linked. Big international events such as Fashion Week (think the Big Four cities—New York, Paris, Milan, and London) attract fashionistas from across the globe who constantly crave a new reason to get on a jet plane. Despite the imprint that globalization has left on the fashion world, serious fashionistas are still attending important interstate and international events as a way to discover new designers, fabrics, and styles. Sometimes, the effect that travel has on style is more subtle. Globetrotters often discover cult boutiques and indigenous fabrics and jewelry-making traditions during their travels, incorporating a few new items into their wardrobe. If you have always seen the organic relationships between travel and fashion, how can you express your world citizenship through the clothing you wear?
Travel Inspires Change
The simple act of travel already inspires people to make changes to their wardrobe, with over half of travelers in one survey (52%) citing their travel wardrobe as one the most important aspect of their vacation confidence. Not only do travelers upgrade their wardrobes to make sure they look great in their fashion photos but they also feel less self-assured when their wardrobe is functional but not quite chic enough. Travel influences one’s sense of style way beyond the trip itself, with around 47% of people saying they felt inspired to make changes to their personal style after going on a holiday.
Travel Boosts Confidence in One’s Particular Sense of Style
Travel is an excellent way to boost interpersonal and decision-making skills. As one grows more confident about being able to survive and thrive in brand new environments, one also begins to feel more comfortable with expressing personality, taste, and influences, through fashion and accessories. Thus, those into Caribbean boho-chic styles can layer up various styles and colors of jewelry to make a fashion statement. Those who are more attracted by the stark black fashions often found on the streets of Paris can pair up simple suits and tops with pearl or halo diamond earrings, a simple eternity ring and a designer bag. Fashion hounds who love nothing more than American-style vintage dresses and hairdos, can choose elegant-luxe jewelry pieces such as gemstone cocktail rings and diamond rollover hoop earrings.
Discovering New Ways of Wearing Traditional Items
Depending on where you travel to or decide to live, traditional items such as trousers, cardigans, and tops tend to be worn in different manners and you can pick and choose from the different trends and customs you find as you move from city to city. In the Netherlands, for instance, fashionistas are into comfortable clothing, layers, practical accessories like backpacks, and affordable brands. In Italy, tailored clothing, designer boots, and the very latest catwalk trends are often seen on the streets of Rome or Milan. In Japan, it’s all about brands—no fervent fashionista would be caught dead without at least one Louis Vuitton bag or Gucci tracksuit since the latter are status symbols that are almost deemed a necessity. As you travel, try to pick up pieces that symbolize the ethos of the places you have been and that remind you of the people you have met.
Travel opens the mind and sharpens the sense of style. It enables one to discover new traditions, fabrics, and prints that can make for beautiful eye-catching pieces that turn heads back home. The influence of fashion goes way beyond individual finds, however. It boosts confidence, presents one to an array of values behind clothes shopping, and enables one to pick and choose from different traditions that reflect how locals see and sport their favorite items.
Whether she is researching the latest trends in home decor, life-changing destination getaways, or the best way to maintain your finances, Dewey takes pride in leaving no stone unturned. She is passionate about distilling and delivering high-quality information that you can use to upgrade your life.