In this week’s Urban Style Challenge, two very different cities compete: Almere (Netherlands) and Melbourne (Australia). Many thanks to our contributors Sandra and Rebecca for your great input!
What’s your city’s style?
|Makeup||A lot of eyeliner and a lot of foundation.||Light, natural makeup is worn during the day, and eyes and lips are highlighted at night.|
|Long hair (blond if they are Dutch/ black if they are of different origin). Older ladies have very short hair (army style).||Hair styles vary with long, short, coloured, braided, messy buns, top knots, pony tails, clipped and pinned…|
|Fashion trends||Leggings; Uggs boots (also in the summer); high heels and miniskirts for going out.||The changeable weather and clichéd “four seasons in one day” applies to Melbourne, so fashion trends are based on layering light clothes for comfort. This allows for a quick outfit change if the westerly winds blow through or the sun beats down on the city.
A pair of black leggings or tights are a core piece of most wardrobes and are layered with dresses and boots, cardigans, jackets and scarves.
Festivals – Knit singlets over bikini tops, paired with denim shorts and thongs (flip flops)
Day-to-night – Maxi dresses/skirts, sandals
|Nails||Fake nails. French manicure. Dark colours||Mani-pedi places are popping up everywhere. And bolder often clashing colours are brightening up fingers and toes.|
|Colours||Dark colours, especially in the winter||Classic shades matched with brighter colours/ floral or animal prints.|
|Footwear||Thongs (flip flops) are worn in summer. Havaianas are popular and most Aussies own a few pairs.
UGGs and boots are worn in winter, and ballet flats throughout autumn and spring. Flat shoes are favoured over heels and allow for a sprint undercover when it starts raining. Sensible Melburnian’s don’t leave home without an umbrella.
|Jewellery||Rings, earrings, piercings||Novelty, retro or oversized – you need your sunnies (sunglasses) year-round in Melbourne.
Chunky bangles, long chains and statement rings are worn and Pandora and other charm bracelets are popular too.
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