8 Cities Every Fashion Lover Needs To Add To Their Travel Bucket List
by Sidney Burds
Discover fashion and style inspiration in these established fashion cities.
Instagram and magazines can only push your fashion inspiration so far. If you’re looking for a fashion awakening and to immerse yourself in style, these are the cities to visit. From high end boutiques and thrift shops to street style goddesses, sometimes a breath of fresh air and new surroundings is all you need to revive your closet and your stylish soul.
Like peanut butter and jelly, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Paris and fashion go hand in hand. This city to visit for fashion is a natural no-brainer. Shop chic and sophisticated designer brands Chanel and Givenchy at Le Bon Marché or thrift vintage Hermès scarves at Marché aux Puces. Take inspiration from the gorgeous 17th century architecture of Château de Versailles (just outside of Paris) or visit the Louvre to view the iconic glass pyramids. You could stay posted up outside a cafe for the day, filling up on wine and baguettes, and gaze at the dreamy Parisian street style. No matter what you do, I recommend arriving with room in your suitcase for all the fashionable goods that will be leaving with you and a good camera to capture your new style influences.
If you had to describe Milan in one word it would be “luxury.” The fashion houses that hail from this city are literally dripping in decadence: Versace, Prada, Armani, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, the list goes on for days. Want to shop designer brands? Pay a visit to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping center in the world and a must-see in Milan. Want designer for less? Go shop at Franco Jacassi’s Vintage Delirium for authentic preloved pieces. Get style and design inspiration at Armani Silos and Fondazione Prada, take in architectural beauty at The Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Design and style influence can come from anywhere and anything and Milan is bursting with luxe genius.
3. New York
“Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two ‘L’s: Labels and Love,” Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City once said. Carrie could not have hit the nail on the head more true, if you’re coming to New York chances are you’re here for the fabulous fashion. From museums, to shopping, to design headquarters, New York has it all! Head to The Met and check out The Costume Institute, hit up Soho for some cult-fave shopping or Brooklyn for eclectic vintage goods, and do make sure to come during fashion week for an extra dose of street style stalking.
London has been creeping up the ranks and making a name for itself in fashion. Well known designers, such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, have studied, lived, and created in this city. Come during fashion week to attend a show (if you’re lucky) or observe the style on the streets, visit the Victoria & Albert museum for art and design genius, and check out the world-famous Harrods for luxury products. Take a stroll down Portobello Road for one of the world’s largest antique markets, and make sure to have some fish and chips before you fly home.
The unofficial fashion capital of Japan is exploding with some of the world’s most unique style on Earth. It hosts the home of COMME des GARÇONS iconic avant-garde creations and eccentric streetwear. Visit the Harajuku neighborhood for the wildest and cutest boutiques you’ve ever imagined, from chill streetwear at Sift to full on childhood character craziness at Kiddy Land, Harajuku has got it all. Turn back time and tour Sensō-ji or test your fear of heights in the stunning Tokyo Skytree. The intense mix of traditional meets modern in food, fashion, and buildings is a feast for the eyes, the soul, and your closet.
6. Los Angeles
In the United States, New York has got some competition creeping in from the laid back cool style vibes of this California city, boasting big names like Rodarte, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk and Rachel Zoe. For inexpensive shopping and sample sales head to the fashion district, Rodeo Drive for all things extravagant, and for the futuristic, go to tech-enabled shopping at Reformation. You’ll fall in love with the non-conformist streetwear and maybe catch a tan while you’re there.
This underrated European city is a hidden gem in the fashion industry. Often overshadowed by Paris and London, Copenhagen actually killing the style design game. Eat at Amass for fashionable people-watching and the eclectic aesthetic of Scandinavian street style is to die for—think sneakers and oversized chic. Steal some of their signature style and visit Veras market for second-hand accessories, shoes, and clothes. We highly recommend you have the Design Museum on your trip itinerary. It’s home to centuries of Danish design, the inspirations behind it going back centuries and a fascinating array of textiles, patterns, and furniture design exhibits.
Said to be the most fashionable city in India, Mumbai has a breadth of boutiques, markets, and designer stores. India’s rich heritage is evident everywhere you turn, from traditional, luxury Indian fashion and designer brands at Ensemble, to the crazy gorgeous jewelry and bags at Colaba Causeway Market, you will feel immediately immersed in the culture. Take a stroll through Mumbai’s diverse neighborhoods or escape the city (and look out for spotted leopards) in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. If you didn’t wear a lot of color before, you’ll be inspired after seeing Mumbai’s rich colorful culture and style.