14 August 2015

How Does Personal Style Vary Around The World?

 Yesterday was my third birthday. No, I wasn't born in 2012, (gosh I would be a typing genius if I was), yesterday marks three years since I was came to Australia. After learning that it wasn't all kangaroos and shrimps on the barby, the differences between Australian and English style became more and more apparent. As a matter of fact, as a blogger, the most common question I get asked is how the styles vary between these two opposite sides of the world. 

And it's not just these two countries; different places around the world have become synonymous with their own 'typical' style traits. Building on my multi-continental travel experiences and with the help of my good friend Google, here's a little look at how personal style varies around the globe.

What better way to start than on the home turf? Before I migrated to the land of the koalas (believe me, there isn't actually one on every tree), I expected Australian style to be that laid back surfer kind of vibe you associate with their famous surf label 'Billabong'. I could not have been more wrong.

Fashionista's of Oz take a laid back, minimalist approach to personal style; with a focus on luxury and high quality basics. Think the perfect pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, combined with the perfect white shirt, with an over-sized black blazer thrown nonchalantly over the shoulders.

Despite being waaay more sunny than the good old UK, Australians tend to stick to a more muted and monochromal palatte.  To be honest, whilst attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney, I felt like my colourful abode made me stick out like a (very British) sore thumb! On glancing at my fashion week photos, my mum even asked: 'Rachel, why is everyone at the Ellery show wearing black?'. Well, Mum; style is incredibly different here. As opposed to expressing yourself through vibrant patterns and mish-mashing like in the UK, expression here is done more through fabric choices, cuts and shapes. As a matter of fact, I would describe Aussie style as a more polished version of Scandanavian style.
Of course, this depends on where in Australia you are judging. After all, this huuuuge country is practically the size of Europe. Up in the tropics, the average person tends to dress pretty 'bogan' in some nice mauled thongs and a beat-up vest. So I look like a total nob tourist when I'm sauntering down the streets in pretty printed maxi dresses, fringe and heels.

The Style Icons

Tash and Elle of 'They All Hate Us

Sarah Donaldson of 'Harper And Harley'

 Margaret Zhang of 'Shine By Three"

Taking inspiration and hugely uplifting vibes from the traditional sari dressing, modern Indian street style is all about warm, vibrant colours and ethnic-inspired prints. Denim is truly embraced and fashionistas rock a conglomeration of Eastern and Western style garments. Oversized costume jewellery is key: the more embellished, the better!

Some women still prefer to rock the traditional sari in beautiful striking colors with intricate embellished details.

The Style Icons
Sonam Kapoor- Actress

 Ruki Sheikh of 'Republic of Chic'

Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood Actress

Let's be honest, Italy is the nation that comes to mind when we think of stylish. Known for their polished and glamorous approach to dressing, Italian women have a certain skill for throwing together a conglomeration of understated casual and glam designer pieces.

If there's one thing Italy can do better than any other country, it's suiting. Just take a look at Chiara Ferragni in her chic shorts and blazer combos, or the vibrant Anna Della Russo rocking some sort of clashing print over-sized blazer combo.

Although Italian style is incredibly eclectic, I think it's the confidence and attitude of the Italian women that makes them so darn stylish. A bit of feminine glamour and whole lotta good tailoring doesn't hurt either.

Style Icons
Chiara Ferragni of 'The Blonde Salad'

Anna Dello Russo

Giovanna Battaglia, ex Vogue Edior

London is known for it's iconic and quirky style and I must admit that I miss the way that, in the UK, anything really goes when it comes to fashion. Clashing prints? Check! Throwing in some vintage pieces? You got it! The Brit's are truly known for that eclectic sense of style that isn't scared to push style boundaries.
Layering is key when it comes to British style; you never know when it's going to rain! Bright colours and floral prints are absolutely everywhere. And guess what? Wearing wellies with that sun dress is totally acceptable!

It's strange how in the UK, wearing vintage and thrift shop items is seen as stylish (and it should be), despite this being 'frowned upon' in other countries. In short, anything goes; and you create your own style!

Style Icons
Alexa Chung

Susie Bubble

Poppy Delevigne


The lovely foursome of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have more in common than just their geographical location. They are all known for their clean-cut, minimalist fashion.
Scandinavian style is the love-child of creativity and practicality. Discreet colours, and pared-down patterns are made up for in complex shapes and textures. It's all about that perfect pair of jeans, that oversized sweater, and those boxy silk tees.
Simple style means more comfort! The Scandinavian's have truly got it right!

Style Icons
Kenza Zouiten of 'Kenzas'

Sandra Hagelstam of '5 Inches And Up'

Elsa Hosk, Model

How would you describe your countries style? Let me know in the comments below :)


Photo Credits:
Australia: getty images,,,, 


  1. This is so cool! I love Australia's style!

  2. Amazing post dear!! Love all of them!!

  3. Really interesting and different post. I love the colours of India and the colours our fellow African bloggers showcase on their blogs. My heart always remains in France though, and I adore French style X

  4. Love your post : it's really interesting ! Fashion is not international in fact ;) Love the Australia's style even if I don't know it very well ;) xox

  5. Haha I love our UK ethic of vintage it's awesome and Aussie style is beautiful I love simple, chic pieces x

  6. Very beautiful election!
    Kisses from Spain

  7. Great street style inspiration. I love to travel, and find influence every place I venture. Have a great weekend. <3 /Madison
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  8. I feel like in the US its just a hodgepodge of everything you listed and more. Since there are cultures from all over the world present here and there are so many different distinct personalities associated with various cities. I've always been a fan of British style and when I was in Australia I noticed some of the same things you picked up on too.


  9. This is so fascinating to look at! I think my favorites are definitely the Scandinavians! Thanks for compiling the images-- I don't keep up with fashion so this was really fun to see.

  10. Awesome post! Love seeing different styles from around the country. Love the vibrant mix match UK style.

  11. This is such a great post! I'm loving all the different styles!

  12. I love this post! its great to see the styles of india!
    thanks for sharing this :)


  13. Love this post, thank you for sharing the varieties of personal style from different perspective very informative! My favorite would be the Australia <3

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  14. Interesting post,a lot of Style!
    I love Giovanna Battagllia!
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  15. I would have never thought that Australian style is akin to fascinating! I think of the British style as you described it, as print mixing and bold colour choices....especially when I think of London, this city seems to be a very fashion forward town.

  16. That's a good look! ;)
    Have a nice weekend :)

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  17. Hahaha!! You made me laugh on the first line
    You sure would be a typing genius if you were born 3 years ago.
    Australia must be nice
    You've also got a great range of fashion looks there

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  19. such a great selection of style-icons, all fabulous and inspiring
    kisses from Italy

  20. What a great idea for a post! You did a great job, I love the photos and each style! I love the Scandinavian style lately


  21. It's so sure that every country has different way of expressing but all are beautiful ~~ great post rachel!! Xo

  22. This is such a cool look at style around the world!

  23. Suzie Bubble is rocking those mixed colors and prints. Geez, I wish I could pull that off. I would say the Australian style is what I relate to most out of all of these. This is so interesting, thanks for sharing!


  24. I identify myself with the looks - The Style Icons, Style Icons and Scandinavia, i loved :)


  25. It's so hard going from California to Copenhagen the weather is so different and it's hard to maintain those two wardrobes!

    Danika Maia

  26. How cool that you have been in Australia for 3 years! It is funny how we think a country is before we get there. I think each country does have their own style. I am from Canada and we are more reserved but not me I am all out there with bold colors and style. I like to be different. I loved that you recapped fashion around the world! Beautiful inspiration!


  27. Love this! :)

    - Arwa

  28. Amazing inspiration!

  29. This was a very interesting post, I love colour so would stick out like a sore thumb in Australia!

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  30. You know I have heard a lot about getting a job in Australia because the visa is easy to get. I will do some research about it because I am interested :)

  31. beautiful post
    styles all very different from each other but each with a strong personality ...
    I love the outfits that you choose for each country , I find them really unique and special ....
    good Sunday :)
    a kiss


  32. Oh, yes, you are right! There is really a huge difference in each region :) I would describe the style here in Bavaria on the one side sporty and functional - and on the other side lush.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  33. Great post lady :)

  34. nice, love it :)

  35. really cool post, love seeing the inspiration around the world.

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  36. Lovely post.

  37. Such an interesting post! I've always liked the English style. Sienna Miller is my style icon!

  38. Interesting post! I loved seeing the different styles! :)
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  39. I love these outfits!
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  40. Stunning looks. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa

  41. They indeed got style! and some are more than the others... honestly!

  42. Great post, I love looking at street style

  43. I love seeing how street style changes around the world. It just makes it that much more of an engaging reason to be part of the fashion world. Not only representing your own style but also where you come from!

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  44. Happy 3rd anniv at Aussie dear :)
    Lovin' this article on how you highlight personal style

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  46. This was such an interesting post! I love British fashion the best -- especially their preppy styles. I hate Alexa Chung though haha.

  47. Very cool and unique post! I love how everything is always so different in different parts of the world.

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

  48. Very interesting post, so informative and useful!
    Love Australian and scandinavian (and, of courdr italian) style the best!

  49. I love these kind of posts hun, it's amazing to see what is classed as fashionable around the world and just how different they all are. I'm all about the nordic/scandi vibe right now :)


  50. what an interesting post! I'm from Aus and when I read your part about Aus fashion I realised how true it was! Minimalism and muted tones are key. Personally for me I do love colour though! Hope you have a lovely week! :)

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  51. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  52. Happy third year in Australia, that's so exciting! I love that you made the move to sunny Australia, I have a very strong feeling I'll be making a similar move throughout my lifetime at some point (I just know it will be somewhere much warmer than the UK haha). I would have thought Australians' dress to a brighter palette, so thanks for the insight Rachel :)

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  53. totally love this post and your analysis of the street style
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  54. I have more of a minimalist style, but I also love all the styles featured on this blog. This was an amazing piece, thanks for writing it.

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  56. Amazing Street style inspiration!

  57. Amazing post. dear! Love to check out fashion intentionally and I must say: Italy and the UK are amazing!
    Wish you a Happy Monday, and I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!
    XOXO, Vanessa

  58. Loving this innovative idea for a post Rachel, what an amazing topic to talk about. Only you could come up with something as amazingly awesome as this as you, I swear! Australia has got so many beaut babes, including you of course :D Interesting to learn that the dress code is quite muted. Such a wonderful move to make, I bet it was a really exhilarating journey and it must have taken a lot of bravery and courage. Happy 3 years there, I hope you're loving every single moment <3

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  59. Happy birthday my dear, I will celebrate 6 years as I moved soon))
    I still don't know how to describe my country style)


  60. I loved this post Rachel, the comparison was very interesting. Style icons have that quid no matter where they live!
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  61. Love all the inspiration <3

  62. Such an interesting post! I love Italian street style! Nice selection indeed and wonderful idea for a post Rachel! Have a nice day!

  63. great inspirations

  64. So, this was a really cool idea for a post. I work with lots of Italian ladies and I'm always SO envious of the way they put their outfits together, always so effortless.

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  65. Wow, thanks for sharing this post Rachel! I love British style more than anything else while French fashion is my second favourite!!!

    Have a nice day!

  66. such an interesting post! I think it is cool that each country has it is own style but we all get influenced by the same trends!

    Simoni from

  67. Really enjoyed reading this post! Gorgeous outfits that you've selected from each. I love Australian fashion and tend to order quite a bit from Australian shops in the summer. I always love what you style <3

  68. I love this post! Its so great seeing how style varies across the globe!

  69. Wow, thanks for sharing this post

  70. You dress is nice,I like this style.

  71. You color combination is so outstanding.


  72. you look so beautiful and hot in your outfit! Great style!!

  73. You look adorable.Want to buy the same type,follow you.


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