National Variations in Fashion

Fashion is a rapidly changing industry, and it always has been. What was considered fashionable a few decades ago may now be considered ugly or unfashionable. Similar to this, what is popular in one country may have been called fashion suicide in another. Fashion trends are greatly influenced by the period, the beliefs of the populace, and the culture of that time and place. In the Middle East, you will not find mini-skirts or crop tops, just like you do not see many burqas outside of the Middle East and Muslim countries. Another few examples would be the U.S., France, Italy, and Spain. Fashion in America is generally more relaxed and comfortable. Within the Northeast, individuals tend to dress formally, whereas within the Southwest, individuals tend to dress more nonchalantly. 

The French are familiar with easy vogue. From Parisian Street vogue to high-end vogue, the French have continually been at the forefront of fashion. France is home to several of the world’s most pictured brands and fashion designers, such as Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Italy brings its classic and dateless fashion. Italians are known for their love of quality and workmanship, and this is mirrored in their fashion. Italian fashion is all concerning being well-dressed and searching easily. The key to Italian fashion is to stay easy and chic. They also love their accessories and their leather. Spain likes a precise level of sophistication in their fashion. Several of the foremost people in style and appearance embrace elegant robes, fashionable suits, and trendy streetwear. 

There are also many smaller tribes and countries whose fashion trends differ much more from the mainstream. Traditional Indian clothing for women across the country includes saris worn with choli tops, a skirt called a lehenga or chaniya worn with choli, and a dupatta scarf to create an ensemble called a ghagra choli. This is formalwear in India and is deeply woven with their cultural and religious history. As for Africa, Africa is a huge continent. As a result, the variation of the African fashion industry that exists is influenced by many different societies, and the status of individuals or groups within that community. This means that fashion looks different all over Africa because their fashion is also linked with their local culture. As the world becomes more connected, more and more fashion trends are recognized around the world, and they seem to develop and invade other parts of the globe as well. Fashion is one of the best ways to honor your culture and community no matter where you are in the world.


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