Due to the globalization of fashion nowadays we have the same selection of brands and stores almost everywhere we travel. However, the same pair of jeans is styled differently in different countries. I have been living in The Netherlands now for about 5 years. Already from the beginning I noticed quite a difference in clothing styles of Dutch women and women from my country of origin: Armenia. I am sure many of you while traveling also notice style differences between women from your country of origin and the host country. It became very interesting for me to look at dressing habits of women all over the world. That is how the idea of a blog post featuring the clothing styles of women from different countries came in mind.
For this post I have interviewed my friends from France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Armenia, Germany and The Netherlands. They were very kind to help me out and describe the styles in their countries. Based on their description I recreated the typical looks of women for each of these countries. Since the respondents are between 25-35 of age, the styles featured in this post are reflecting mostly this age group. Let’s get started!
Marina (Lyon, France): I think one of the most important items in the outfit of French women are bags. One can be dressed quite simple (mostly preferring ZARA style), but the bag has to be very stylish. A lot of women here give preference to Michael Kors’s bags (or bags of similar style) and Longchamps. Among popular outfits are oversized jackets, dresses with black tights, big scarves and boots. The color black in general is very popular here.
Rebecca (Brussels, Belgium): I live in the area of a Brussels where many European Institutions are active and women here are mostly dressed in smart casual style. Leggings or slim fit pants (not denim), blazer and ballerinas (or small heels) are typical for women in this area. The looks are mostly accessorized with classic handbags. Trench coats (mostly in beige color) are also very popular.
Lucy (Florence, Italy): The style of Italian women is very feminine. We like to dress up, but still keep it cosy and comfortable everyday look. We like figure hugging garments. Leggings and slim fit jeans with a nice blouse are very popular. Eye-catching scarves are a must during cold seasons. In cold season we give preference to pastel colors, black or white, while the summer is more colorful. No backpacks. Always an appropriate purse. Everything should be nice, but not too much! If it is a shirt with floral prints than the bottom is simple and vice versa. If it’s a big belt, than it’s a small pendant. Italian women love accessories! And of course the shoes! We prefer comfortable, yet stylish shoes. Something that you can wear to work and, if you want to stop by a restaurant, you will still feel nice. Shoes with small heels, stylish boots or ballerinas are very popular.
Anna-Maria (Athens, Greece): Greek women like to take care of their appearance. We are wearing make-up and heels especially in the evenings. Figure hugging jackets, simple tops and slim fit jeans or a skirt are typical everyday wear of the modern Greek women. I personally don’t like ballerinas, but many women are wearing them. You can also find a lot of platform shoes, sneakers (All Stars) and boots, especially black boots!
Maria (Yerevan, Armenia): Armenian women like to dress up. An effortless look is not about us. We spent quite some time on styling our hair and putting on make-up. We like figure hugging dresses, slim fit jeans teamed with fitted tops and jackets. Heels or platform shoes are part of our everyday wear. The past years ballerinas have also become a favourite footwear among Armenian women. Recently I see the tendency towards more casual, yet glamourous looks and neutral, but make-up is a must.
Katrin (Berlin, Germany): Jeans and a simple T-shirt with prints or phrases, big scarves, oversized jackets or parkas (olive green) are part of everyday wear in Berlin. Leggings teamed with denim shorts are also common among the street-style items for women. People here really like eye-catching neon colors. You may often see one wearing neon shoes, extraordinary handbags or neon color nail polish. Beanie hats and ethno prints are also very popular in Germany.
Charlotte (Amsterdam, The Netherlands): Dutch women like to keep everything simple and effortless. It should not take too much time in the morning and it needs to feel comfortable. Hair up in the knot or ponytail, slim fit jeans, sneakers and an oversized top is a typical casual look for women here. Dresses we usually wear with thick dark tights and flat boots or boots with small heels. But not too high. Olive green parkas are also very common in The Netherlands, together with leather jackets. The motto of the Dutch seem to be: “just normal”. So no crazy outfits, be simple practical and comfortable.
In the end I would like to thank once again all my friends who took time to help me out with this post!!! I really appreciate it!!!
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