We scoured four continents to find unexpected styles worn by everyone from Danish anarchists to Botswana’s metalheads. America has definitely had its fair share of wacky style moments in recent years, with Lady Gaga hatching from an egg at the Grammys and a Miley Cyrus VMA performance that resembled some kind of nightmarish anime movie. But styles are equally strange overseas. Below, we dug up six surprising international trends, one of which—perhaps not surprisingly—can be traced back to the designer responsible for Miley’s Bangerz Tour costumes. 1. Thai teens are wearing braces. Voluntarily. Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry have both sported fake braces for fun, but in Southeast Asia the look has become seriously popular. Because of the high cost of orthodontia there, wearing braces is something of a status symbol, and some kids have resorted to having fake braces applied at beauty salons and street markets. This is also popular in Indonesia and Malaysia, but the trend hit especially hard in Thailand—after two teens allegedly died from them, the country made the sale of faux braces illegal. 2. Mexican club kids are dancing in pointy boots. If you’re thinking these curly-toed kicks would be hard to walk in, then you should definitely give props to the Matehualan youths dancing in them. They’re a fixture at club competitions, where troupes face off to tribal-house music mixed by popular local DJs including Latin Grammy–winner Erick Rincon. To make their boots truly unique, kids often customize them, extending the toes of regular cowboy boots up to 7 feet, and decorating them with everything from sequins and disco balls to leather and plaid. The look is so popular there’s even a mini documentary featuring Rincon and the dance crews, aptly titled Mexican Pointy Boots. 3. Scandinavian leftists are suiting up in Adidas. As satirized on this Danish style blog, the Danes have a reputation for embracing a pretty uniform, colorless style. Black also reigns as the color of choice among the country’s far leftist groups, who supposedly sport monochromatic Adidas track suits at protests and demonstrations to make it harder for police to track down individual activists. 4. The Japanese are wearing air-conditioned clothes. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunamis, Japan experienced a heat wave and locals were seen sporting clothes equipped with built-in cooling fans. The trend has lived on as a sustainability effort (click the down arrow on the right side of the page to see pictures), with leading brands such as Kuchofuku manufacturing everything from “A/C” jackets to undergarments. 5. Cowboys are going heavy-metal in Botswana. Piling on leather in sub-Saharan Africa might seem masochistic, but these badass metalhead cowboys revel in the trend—and look cool while doing so. Gaining notoriety through photographer Frank Marshall’s Renegades, these guys (and gals!) are about as far from the Mad Max–style anarchy they evoke as you can get. Local metaller Mosaka told Vice that when he and his peers head to a show, they “make a straight line, move at the same pace, same step, quietly and gently marching to the gig.” 6. The world is inspired by American fast food. Ever since American designer (and Miley Cyrus tour costumist) Jeremy Scott channeled McDonald’s for his debut Moschino collection at Milan Fashion Week, international fashionistas seem to be craving fast-food fashion. In London, men’s boutique End. partnered with Saucony for the Shadow 5000 “Burger” sneaker, and popular Tokyo blogger Ayumi Seto has posted a few pics of her and her pals hanging in burger joints while rocking stars and stripes. Find more of the latest fashion trends on ideeli. Illustrations: Jen Jackson, GrouponRead More
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He may have left office in 2006, but The West Wing’s President Josiah Bartlet remains one of pop culture’s favorite presidents. And what better way to salute the fictional commander in chief than by throwing a West Wing–themed party, complete with a table so befitting of the iconic show, it just might put a smile on Toby Ziegler’s perennially anxious face. Greet guests at the door and invite them to “walk with you” into the dining room where they’ll find a blue-striped tablecloth and plates that came straight from the White House (the gift-shop wing). Fill glasses etched with the logo of President Bartlet’s favorite team, Notre Dame, with a drink poured from a lemon-shaped pitcher inspired by “Lemon Lyman,” the fictional fan blog about Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. Instead of inviting press secretary C.J. Cregg’s pet goldfish to the table, fill a goldfish-printed vase with flowers. After that, the only thing left to do is put on a Gilbert and Sullivan record and wait for someone to burst into a rendition of “The Jackal.” 1. White House plate; The White House Gift Shop ($16.95) 2. Notre Dame glass tankards; Groupon Goods ($26.99 for two) 3. Hand-painted goldfish portrait pencil box; duckdrakestudio on Etsy ($35) 4. Figural lemon pitcher; Sur la Table ($16.99 on sale) 5. Blue stripe tablecloth; Meri Meri ($9) 6. USA-shaped cutting board; AHeirloom ($48)Read More
When wearing all-over prints, it’s a fine line between looking glamorous and looking like grandma’s couch. But it’s actually not that complicated. The key? Choose sophisticated prints in modern silhouettes that suit your body type. We’ve found four matching sets, and added some coordinating garments to show how versatile these printed pieces can be as separates. Look #1: The Deconstructed Dress Palm jacquard tee, Topshop ($130); Palm jacquard midi skirt, Topshop ($170); Black leather skirt, Avenue 32 ($598 on sale); High-waist jean shorts, Jolly Chic ($22.99) Buying separates instead of a full dress can be more figure-flattering, as you have more control over fit (it can be more cost effective, too). For a sleeker look, pair the top with a leather pencil skirt and strappy high-heeled sandals, or dress it down with high-waisted shorts and espadrilles. Look #2: Crop Tops Taffeta Picnic midi skirt, Topshop ($190); Taffeta Picnic crop top, Topshop ($76); Iris crop top, Abercrombie & Fitch ($17.10 on sale); Short-sleeve Pima tee, L.L. Bean ($17.99) This set’s longer crop top shows just a sliver of skin, giving your eye a break from the bold pattern. Show more skin by swapping in a shorter lace top and wedge sandals, or less with a black tee and canvas sneakers. Look #3: Classic Cuts Charley pineapple sweater, J.Crew Factory ($34.50 on sale); Printed stretch chino short, J.Crew Factory ($49.50 on sale); Pineapple collector tee, J.Crew Factory ($34.50); Cropped jersey top, H&M ($6.95) The simple tailoring of this sweater and shorts keeps the pineapple print from being too sweet. This also makes it easy to separate the set: double down on the ‘apples by half-tucking this printed tee, or mix prints with a striped top. (Read more tips on mixing prints.) Look #4: Back to Bed Animal-print top, Zara ($29.99); Animal-print trousers, Zara ($29.99); Skinny low-rise jeans, H&M ($9.95); Neon jacquard-weave skirt, H&M ($49.95) Wearing pajama-inspired clothes may not feel chic, but this animal-print set looks quite sophisticated with some black-leather Birkenstocks. Even more surprising is this bold print’s versatility, as it pairs equally well with dark-blue skinny jeans or a neon miniskirt.Read More
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