The Most Fashionable Destinations On The Planet

August 17, 2021

Sometimes when you travel to various parts of the world, you notice how differently people dress. Back home, most people mooch around in shorts and t-shirts. So when you stumble upon a destination where people take pride in their appearance, it can have quite an impact. 

Many cities around the world are trend-setters – and not just because they are home to the world’s most influential fashion houses. It’s almost an unspoken community-wide effort. Everyone starts dressing gloriously, looking for ways to make themselves feel great and fit in with the rest of the crowd. This process can run away with itself, with everyone becoming more fashion-conscious and fashionable at the same time.

But where are these iconic fashion destinations? Which cities play host to the best boutiques and cutting-edge labels? Let’s take a look. 

Rome, Italy

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Italy is probably the fashion capital of the world – and always has been. The country has an innate ability to churn out beautiful garments year after year. What’s more, local people actually wear them, showing pride in their appearance. 

We’ve picked Rome to discuss in this post, but there are so many other cities worthy of consideration, including Florence, Milan, and Venice. Rome is home to multiple fashion brands. Usually, it is overshadowed by news coming out of Milan, but it has its own fashion scene as well.

Melbourne, Australia

If you love fashion and are planning a trip down under, then you might want to pay a visit to the city of Melbourne, home of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. This event provides a pedestal for up-and-coming local designers to showcase their products and get people interested in the clothes they have to offer. 

Australia is home to some big brands, such as Trenery. As you walk around Melbourne, you’ll discover that the locals aren’t afraid to express themselves through fashion. You’ll see a mix of retro grunge and preppy sophistication as you make your way around. Melbourne, like so many other cities, offers luxury clothing markets and plenty of unique boutique stores to explore. 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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If you love streetwear, Amsterdam is probably the best place in the world to explore. This fascinating Dutch city is known as a hub for effortlessly cool clothing brands and people who love sneakers. Many of the world’s most famous brands got their start in the city and still operate out of it today. 

Los Angeles, California

While Los Angeles is most famous for being home to Tinsel Town, it is also becoming better known for the fabulous and fascinating fashion scene developing in the city. The industry is being driven by celebrity culture. Everybody who is anybody wants top designers to make them look their absolute best. 

LA is also home to a more laid-back style that grew up in parallel with Hollywood culture. It is the home of the effortless West Coast style, an aesthetic that people now copy on beaches across the world. Many places import this casual style, even if they are landlocked and can’t easily access the sea. 

Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona has long been a fashionable destination for trendy travel bloggers because of its beautiful architecture and world-class sightseeing. But the city is now becoming better known for its colorful and spirited fashion choices.

Those looking for shopping should head to La Rambla. This district provides a range of boutique stores that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Barcelona is also home to major global brands that are now all over the world. The city mainly focuses on chic and affordable fashion, although there are high end brands that operate there as well. 

Chengdu, China

China is fast becoming a fashion capital on its own and is often the place where trends start before they travel all over the world. Chengdu is very much at the heart of China’s fashion movement and home to millions of millennials, all experimenting with new ways of wearing clothes. 

Beijing and Shanghai grab most of the headlines because of their sheer size and established fashion communities. But Chengdu is carving out a niche for itself, with many people seeing it as the “cool” alternative to the major coastal cities. Because it is in Sichuan and so far inland, it has its own subculture that makes it different from wider China. 

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is well known for street style and the quality of its local garment designers. This fact establishes it as the place to go if you have an interest in fashion and want to travel in North America.

The type of clothes you’re likely to find in Vancouver are a little different from the other cities mentioned in this list. The city does not have a flamboyant style. Instead, most of the options here are minimalist and utilitarian. It is mainly a city that caters to the tastes of people who want to live simple, straightforward lifestyles. 

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is home to some legendary fashion brands. Like Vancouver, it is well-known for its high-low, minimalist approach to everyday wear – a feature that reflects wider Swedish culture. 

Stockholm, however, never strikes you as cheap. It has a kind of effortless Scandinavian elegance that makes it an incubator for new, innovative and back-to-basics styles. 

Dubai, UAE

Dubai is fast becoming one of the richest cities in the world – a fact that is drawing in the most fashionable people from around the planet. Dubai’s fashion scene is comparatively young, since the city only grew up properly in the last 20 years or so. But in that time, it has made some major waves.

Most of the fashion brands in the city can be found in the Dubai Mall – a major complex in the middle of town. All the big houses have a presence, and each is trying to make its mark on the city. They see it as a place that is going to become increasingly popular in the future. 

So there you have it: the most iconic fashion destinations in the world. Which of these famous cities will you visit?

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