Global inspiration is a big trend this summer. It is also a perennial trend, which means when you see something awesome on sale that has great quality, fits your shape and style you may want to buy it and have it for years to come. Here some tricks I learned over the years of what works and what doesn’t.
You don’t associate me with the global inspiration trend, right? But I have worn it often here on High Latitude Style. The trick is to go for a sophisticated western look. Here are my secrets.
I go for pieces that have a clean western style like an A-line dress, sheath, wrap dress, fit-and-flare dress or shift and an ethnic print. Then I style them with western items for a sophisticated look like in the three examples below.
On sales look for jackets or coats in an ethnic pattern, but western cut. Pair these items with simple western outfits for an ageless style.
When the tie-dye style is a trend subtle tie-dye dresses or skirts and accessories like scarfs are great ethnic pieces to buy. The former two are great for the beach and weekend, the latter works to up a simple jeans with white T-shirt look on a cool summer day.
Tunics with subtle beading or embroidery are great choices too.
Another great way to achieve ageless style with ethnic pieces is to go for an eclectic pattern mix. See the examples below.
What doesn’t work
Shapeless clothes in global prints or pattern will make you look old. Global inspiration clothes styled like in the 70s make you look old fashioned. Do I have to mention embellishment or embroidery overload? The same applies for dressing like you are from a specific country unless there is a reason to do so, e.g. Oktoberfest, Diwali, Chinese New Year’s celebration or International Friendship Day, just to mention a few occasions.
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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)
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