Yesterday was my third birthday. No, I wasn’t born in 2012, (gosh I would be a typing genius if I was), yesterday marks three years since I was came to Australia. After learning that it wasn’t all kangaroos and shrimps on the barby, the differences between Australian and English style became more and more apparent. As a matter of fact, as a blogger, the most common question I get asked is how the styles vary between these two opposite sides of the world.
And it’s not just these two countries; different places around the world have become synonymous with their own ‘typical’ style traits. Building on my multi-continental travel experiences and with the help of my good friend Google, here’s a little look at how personal style varies around the globe.
What better way to start than on the home turf? Before I migrated to the land of the koalas (believe me, there isn’t actually one on every tree), I expected Australian style to be that laid back surfer kind of vibe you associate with their famous surf label ‘Billabong’. I could not have been more wrong.
Fashionista’s of Oz take a laid back, minimalist approach to personal style; with a focus on luxury and high quality basics. Think the perfect pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, combined with the perfect white shirt, with an over-sized black blazer thrown nonchalantly over the shoulders.
If there’s one thing Italy can do better than any other country, it’s suiting. Just take a look at Chiara Ferragni in her chic shorts and blazer combos, or the vibrant Anna Della Russo rocking some sort of clashing print over-sized blazer combo.
Although Italian style is incredibly eclectic, I think it’s the confidence and attitude of the Italian women that makes them so darn stylish. A bit of feminine glamour and whole lotta good tailoring doesn’t hurt either.
Chiara Ferragni of ‘The Blonde Salad’
London is known for it’s iconic and quirky style and I must admit that I miss the way that, in the UK, anything really goes when it comes to fashion. Clashing prints? Check! Throwing in some vintage pieces? You got it! The Brit’s are truly known for that eclectic sense of style that isn’t scared to push style boundaries.
Layering is key when it comes to British style; you never know when it’s going to rain! Bright colours and floral prints are absolutely everywhere. And guess what? Wearing wellies with that sun dress is totally acceptable!
It’s strange how in the UK, wearing vintage and thrift shop items is seen as stylish (and it should be), despite this being ‘frowned upon’ in other countries. In short, anything goes; and you create your own style!
Scandinavian style is the love-child of creativity and practicality. Discreet colours, and pared-down patterns are made up for in complex shapes and textures. It’s all about that perfect pair of jeans, that oversized sweater, and those boxy silk tees.
Simple style means more comfort! The Scandinavian’s have truly got it right!
Australia: getty images, stylebistro.com, witchery.com.au, elle.com.au, tibi.com
Italy: refinery29.com, get-the-look.com.au, streetpeeper.com, sparklyfashion.com, fashionroadtest.com
England: elle-canada.com, elle.com, scissor-fingers.com
Scandinavia: saraandaadriana.com, internationalstreetstyle.wordpress.com, minnaparika.com