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We Let 5 Different Cities Inspire Our Outfits — Here's What They Look Like

Nailing the perfect travel outfit during your vacation is, arguably, the toughest part of any holiday trip. After all, it’s hardly a breeze trying to look stylish with a limited array of pieces from your luggage.

What’s more, every culture has its own distinct fashion flair, so if you’re the sort that appreciates fitting in, you’ve come to the right place. And even if you’re not hopping onto a plane and making your escape to somewhere else this year, there’s no harm still dressing the part.

 

Tokyo, Japan
Mention Japanese fashion and what comes to mind is usually the quirky and colourful over-the-top street fashion seen in the Harajuku district of Tokyo. While this fashion subculture is still thriving, you might want to go for a trend that is more accessible and equally popular — minimalist fashion. Seen as a form of expression for a simple and zen lifestyle, pieces are pared-down and basic, but not lacking in style and comfort. Go for something in white, camel, or military green. Leave off the fancy details like prints and textures. It’s all about being low-key, with garments that are “icons” rather than trend-based pieces. Think: cashmere sweaters and simple wool coats. Cashmere sweater by Joseph, £235 (S$423), via Net-a-Porter; Long knit cardigan by Zara, S$139; Denim straight jeans by H&M Studio, S$109; Leather sneakers by Common Projects, US$455 (S$621), via Ssense; Leather tote bag by COS, US$225 (S$307) Seoul, South Korea
We cannot deny that K-pop has played a huge role in changing the spectrum and dynamics of the way in which the younger generation dresses. South Korea’s fashion is now widely seen as expressive and unique, ranging from the feminine to the refined, and the quirky to sporty. In this vein, don’t be afraid to clash colours and prints — here, we have combined leopard prints, colour-blocking and sequins together. It’s all about being experimental. Sequinned midi dress by Rixo London, £395 (S$711), via Net-a-Porter; Leopard print coat by Topshop, S$249; Crossbody bag by H&M, S$24.95; Leather heeled boots by Topshop, S$169; Prince of Whales check bustier by Fleur du Mal, £285 (S$513), via Net-a-Porter Casablanca, Morocco
Since Morocco is a religious country, it’s best to be respectful of their expectations and dress codes.  Go with a long-sleeve maxi dress that’s lightweight. Accentuate your waistline with a chocolate brown leather belt. Bring along a silk scarf and that can go around your head if you happen to visit while the mercury’s risen. If you’re going to The Sahara, slip on a pair of flat sandals for easier commute. Maxi dress by Zara, S$139; Flat buckle sandals by Charles & Keith, S$49.90; Suede belt by FRAME, £230 (S$414), via Net-a-Porter; Printed silk-blend scarf by Bimba & Lola, S$125; Straw basket (to be carried as a bag) by Ikea, S$14.90; Aviator sunglasses by Loewe, £290 (S$522), via Net-a-Porter Paris, France
Think of Paris and you might be tempted to don a beret for a seemingly jaunty Parisian flair. Skip that. But for the occasional bad hair day, French girls would much rather flaunt their windblown tresses. Don’t go too OTT with your outfit either — contrary to what you think or see in the movies, French girls never overthink it when putting a look together. A turtleneck pullover with a pair of casual jeans, a black coat and some sneakers will suffice. Cashmere turtleneck pullover by COS, US$225 (S$307); Denim skinny jeans by Zara, S$69.90; Cashmere wool coat by Toteme, €680 (S$1,093); Black sneakers by Superga, S$69.90; Crossbody bag by A.P.C., €420 (S$675) London, United Kingdom
British girls are cool and unconventional. Just look at style stars Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne — there’s always a tinge of femininity with their tough and boyish outfits. Try a printed black T-shirt and a plaid skirt. Add a dose of masculinity by pairing it with a checkered wool blazer. Round it up with some chunky boots. Printed t-shirt by H&M, S$17.95; Plaid skirt by Zara, S$99.90; Over-the-knee socks by Gipsy, S$14.39, via ASOS; Leather booties by Topshop, S$179; Double breasted blazer by A.L.C., S$1,183, via Farfetch; Leather crossbody bag by Marni, S$905, via Farfetch