Let your fashion sense roam - summer style takes a global journey

Fashion goes global. maxi dress �37, sequinned jacket �95, from Miss Selfridge
Fashion goes global. maxi dress �37, sequinned jacket �95, from Miss Selfridge
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Even if you’re only heading to Skeggy, you can take a round-the-world trip via your wardrobe...

There’s something about going on long-haul holidays that makes you want to dress like the locals - head to toe in bright colours - and stuff your suitcase with authentic trinkets so that Blighty feels like a million miles away.

Now the high street has come up with a solution that means you don’t have to board a plane to follow global fashion.

Every summer there’s usually one key destination trend. This season, the catwalks took their inspiration from all corners of the globe with influences far and wide. There are enough exotic mini-trends to pretend you’re in possession of a one-way ticket around the world. Choose your location and embrace your inner nomad.


For Far East fashion inspiration, go bold and bright with strong silhouettes.

Ditch the English rose blooms for statement Oriental prints with tropical flowers set against stark white, black or red.

Kimono-inspired cover-ups are the chic way to do outerwear for high summer. Head for floaty shapes with flared sleeves for a relaxed look, or judo-style collarless jackets for a structured take on Eastern promise.

You can still do minimalism with this trend. Look for crisp, origami fold detailing to add intricate interest to tops, dresses, skirts and even ‘skorts’, the new skirt and short fusion.


Yeeha! Thank French designer Isabel Marant for lassoing this trend securely on the high street. She well and truly kick-started the Americana craze with cowgirl references aplenty.

Think cowboy boots, lashings of suede and swinging fringing to look rodeo glam. Hat optional.

Relaxed Western-inspired denim is the easiest way to work this trend. Just add embroidered flowers for a summery spin on the cotton blue classic.

For deluxe cowgirl style, look uptown in Western ankle boots with a stiletto heel. They may not be suitable for catching cattle but they’re infinitely more flattering for legs than traditional cowboy boots.


If your style is eclectic, verging on extravagant, adopt an ethnic Indian vibe for an explosion of vibrant colours, embroidery, embellishment and sparkle.

The look is slightly hippy-chic, with floaty silhouettes, floor-sweeping hemlines and relaxed shapes - perfect for enduring heatwaves or humid climates.

Focus on accessories to really hone your Indian aesthetic. Look for bags and footwear laden with intricate beading and embellishment. And add layers and layers of bright beaded bangles and rings that jingle as you walk.


Double clashing or single statement, prints are hot this summer and no trend does them better or bolder than tribal.

Keep colours bright, primary and clashing for a vacation look, or muted and monochrome for an office-appropriate outfit. Let your graphic piece speak volumes by keeping the rest of your look low-key. Conversely, try neon accents to really turn heads.

A basic, bland outfit can be given a tribal twist with OTT accessories. Look for a statement, chunky beaded necklace in rainbow bright colours.


Keep your look hotter than a chilli pepper with Mexicana styling. As you might expect, colours and prints have a fiery palette with yellows, red and oranges set against fresh whites.

For an authentic traveller look, opt for mind-boggling Aztec prints in zingy shades.

Mini pom-poms are this season’s cute detail to seek out, adorning scarves, bags and even clothes for a quirky touch.

Keep accessories bright to match the upbeat fashion mood and embrace the Mexican spirit with woven raffia bags and bracelets.