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Spanish Fashion

 Spain is known for many things. The Alhambra, bull fights, Penelope Cruz.But behind the glitz and glamour, there are a few others things this country is famous for, even though they don’t advertise it, like the Spanish Mullet.That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I live in the land of the Spanish Mullet. ... read more

Carolyn Nelson

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Plaid is for tourists

Unless it's lining a trench coat, only tourists wear the Burberry plaid. read more

Ann Clark

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Dress for rain or shine, mostly rain

Always have an umbrella and sunglasses in your bag--the weather's notoriously fickle. read more

Ann Clark


Don't dress like an American

Try to dress in a slightly sophisticated manner. Maybe swap your New Balance sneakers for something a little less American. If you want to blend in, bring a lot of ... read more

Matthew Hintsa


Shorts are OK

Chileans are generally a bit more stylish than the average American, but not by much. I arrived thinking nobody wore shorts in Chile unless they were at a beach. Wrong. read more

Matthew Hintsa


Heavy metal fans welcome

There's a disturbingly high concentration of oversized black t-shirts with the names of bands like Megadeth and Iron Maiden. read more

Matthew Hintsa


Gore-Tex and Gucci

“Hiking boots on a Saturday night?” my friend laughed on our way through the snow to a birthday party. We had hoods pulled up like all of the Norwegian’s ... read more

Patrick McCue


Pack some class

Jordanians tend to dress more formal than the average Westerner, so it’s good to pack some nice attire if you don’t want to feel un-classy when you go ... read more

Adam Lichtenheld


Don your finest Eminem t-shirt

Eminem seems to be one of the most popular guys in northern Uganda. If you’ve got a t-shirt with his face on it, you’ll fit right in. Also ... read more

Pete  Muller


Scarves and shawls galore!

Indian and Tibetan standards of dress are more modest than American standards. Avoid tight pants, shorts, and short skirts. A shawl or scarf is an indispensable fashion accessory—you can ... read more

Emily Strasser


It doesn't matter how hot you are--wear long underwear

When you are living with Chinese people, be sure to put on twice as much clothing as you actually need to wear. It doesn't matter if it is 65 ... read more

Katrina Klett


Bring your black

To me, Switzerland often looks like an endless funeral procession--at least in Zurich. Black coats. Black boots. Black skinny jeans. To fit in, wear your black and wear it tight ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo


Bright colored jeans

I don't know if the fad has died down yet, but in the fall of 2008, there was a run on almost every store in town for brightly colored ... read more

Laurel Wolf


The essential accesory: stockings

As the winter snow melts and those all-too-common April showers bring a few May flowers, fashionable women in Madrid trade in their calf-length boots for colorful and comfortable flats. But ... read more

Marcy Miranda


Loose fit? Ha!

Men, good luck! I bought my first pair of "Spanish" jeans about 6 weeks ago, and I have yet to wear them. While browsing through the local Xara, my friend ... read more

Mike Mian


Hide your curves

Ornas are the lightweight scarves that women wear to conceal their breasts (Allah forbid that a man should get a glimpse of our womanly form and have unpure thoughts about ... read more

Amy Adoyzie Lam


Don’t show skin

You’ll need to wear Islamically acceptable dress if you’re a woman in Iran, which includes a headscarf and some loose-fitting clothing that covers all of your body, from ... read more

Mimi Hanaoka


T-shirts with English phrases that make no sense

It's common to find Western sayings, phrases, and characters stitched across Chinese t-shirts. And it's also common for these slogans to make absolutely no sense. There are endless ... read more

Katrina Klett


Shop at Mr. Price

There really are no fashion trends in Swaziland. For going out, anything tight, cheap, and slutty will usually do. Anything from the local “trendsetting” store, Mr. Price, is considered cool. read more

Mallory Primm


For designer jeans (or slabs of goat) head to Owino

After my first few days in Kampala, I realized that my hiking boots and quick-dry zip pants weren't helping me blend into smartly dressed Kampala. So a local friend ... read more

Shaina Shealy


Never trust the morning sun

There’s an insightful phrase that you’ll likely hear if you visit Mongolia: Never trust the morning sun. If it’s sunny and warm in the morning, soak it ... read more

Lindsay Myron



If you want to easily blend in throughout your time in Paris, pay attention to the types of shoes you're wearing. Tennis shoes are basically non-existent, but if you ... read more

Francesca R


Ditch the grungy sneakers

Fashion styles for Greek men aren't all that different from those for men in the United States. Sure there's a propensity for mullets (I've even seen a ... read more

Christopher Duffy


Show your respect along with your style

Kuwait is a friendly country, but you need to respect its traditional culture and be careful about what you wear. Avoid low-cut shirts, tank tops, and skirts or shorts that ... read more

Parimita Barooah Bora


Keep it covered

When in Luang Prabang and most towns in Laos, it's best to dress conservatively. This means keeping your shirt on in public, wearing pants or shorts that hit somewhere ... read more

Gabriel Shaya


Dress to impress

Leave those torn, patched, and sun-bleached denim jeans at home. While the younger generation is starting to take up grunge-light fashion and you’ll be bound to see some ripped ... read more

Lindsay Myron


Try a tailor on for size

If you arrive in Malawi and find yourself despairing at your wardrobe, fear not. Either hit up the market (‘80s-era tees any Goodwill-prowling hipster would love) or set off for ... read more

Rebecca Jacobson


Fashion forward thinking

When traveling and sightseeing in Bali, Indonesia, like other sacred spaces in Southeast Asia, be certain to wear modest clothing. For women, this means clothes that cover the arms and ... read more

Anna Schwaber


Clothing and the weather in Cairo

You shouldn't expect the temperature in Egypt's capital to be a balmy 72 degrees year-round. The Summer nights can get quite chilly (especially along the Nile), so pack ... read more

Youssef Chouhoud


Wear your knock-off clothes with pride

When I first arrived in Lima and saw young people rocking every type of name-brand clothing from Ralph Lauren to Glo by J.Lo, I couldn't help but wonder ... read more

Courtney Ng


Fashion: Divided (like everything else)...

On either side of the island, there are two main fashion currents in Cyprus -- the formal chic, basically lots of black and bling, or the laid-back hippie, with harem pants ... read more

Madeline Blount


Delhi and Western Fashion – the best of both worlds

While dress in Delhi, like the rest of India, is conservative by Western standards, you have much more leeway in what you can wear than you do in other parts ... read more

Valerie Hohman


Speedos to foxtails

There are no rules in Israel when it comes to fashion. In the summe