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BurberryBrit 01-17-2006 11:54 PM

European Fashion/Royal Fashion
 
What do you think constitutes European fashion? Is it a different style from what royals wear? Does it vary by country (french, italian, etc)

From the pics on here, I see royals wearing a lot of unique hats, shift dresses, skirt suits, jewelry, very Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's.

Is that accurate?

Margrethe II 01-18-2006 12:11 AM

Very interesting "BB"...

As I am from Australasia I really cant give an accurate account of what dictates European fashion although I am exposed to it through media, television & internet sites...Not forgetting the few pieces I have in my wardbrobe (Thankgod for designer boutique stores & online shopping :) ;) :D).

Royal fashion though (to me) is quite varied throughout Europe.

"MII"

Little_star 01-19-2006 09:52 AM

Personally I think British women, could learn alot from some of our European counterparts when it comes to fashion. Spanish, French and Italian women in particular always look good. I can remember when I went to Barcelona I didn't see a single woman who wasn't immaculately dressed.

One thing I noticed last time I went to Majorca, the look there was very tailored, fitted coat, nice top and lovely trousers and always with great accessories.

BurberryBrit 01-19-2006 03:16 PM

Europeans seem to be into items with flair, moreso than Americans. Such as hats, draped shawls, silk scarves, etc. You can always tell when you're around a european by their style.

Emily 01-19-2006 04:39 PM

I am curious as to your opinion: from what you know, are most European women of all classes slender or is it mainly the wealthier classes? I also agree with Burberry Brit that European women just seem to have more "flair" or individuality in their dressing than Americans. I have two friends, one from Spain, one from France, who I see while doing the "school run" and they always just look more put together than most of the American moms -- not that we are slobs -- they just had more "flair"; always looked nice even though neither is a real standout in physical beauty....although they are both slender.

GlitteringTiaras 01-19-2006 04:43 PM

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Originally Posted by BurberryBrit
Europeans seem to be into items with flair, moreso than Americans. Such as hats, draped shawls, silk scarves, etc. You can always tell when you're around a european by their style.

I completely agree with you.

Americans tend to be more casual when it comes to dressing. Even our evening wear is more elegantly laid back in comparison with our European friends.

British women, from my standpoint, tend to dress more smart (this has nothing to do with intelligence either.) Regards to the European continent dress, women there are definitely dress up. Whether it's going to the market, strooling in the park, or having lunch in a cafe around the corner European woman love to dress up. I admire that.:)

sesa 01-19-2006 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by BurberryBrit
What do you think constitutes European fashion? Is it a different style from what royals wear? Does it vary by country (french, italian, etc)

Well from my observation, it really does depends on "where" they come from. For example, all European women are much better dressed than Americans. In both work wear and casual wear. Spain, Italy, in particular comes to mind for their leather goods (shoes, jackets, purses). they are always well made. These things in particular always make a pair of cheap jeans and a shirt look great. In England I found sweaters, gloves, & scarves to be very well made and very beautiful. Which in turn makes jeans or an inexpensive pair of slacks look great.
I also found that most if not the majority of European women wear shoes with some sort of heel which in turn gives everything a more polished pulled together look. Rarely have I seen a European lady wear a pair of tennis shoes!
But in regards to being either Royal or European, I think their "style" depends mostly on thier personality, their likes and dislikes. For example, my style is mostly like Prss Letiza and Prss Mathild. I would wear their daywear to my office. I always wear 3.5 in stilettos to work like Letiza & Mary.
But when it comes to casual, weekend wear, it's all American! Sweat pants, tennis shoes and a sweater of some sort during cold weather. Shorts and a t-shirt w/flip flops during the summer.
So, my very wordy opinion is that it really depends on the "where" and not the "Royalty:D

BurberryBrit 01-19-2006 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Emily
I am curious as to your opinion: from what you know, are most European women of all classes slender or is it mainly the wealthier classes? I also agree with Burberry Brit that European women just seem to have more "flair" or individuality in their dressing than Americans. I have two friends, one from Spain, one from France, who I see while doing the "school run" and they always just look more put together than most of the American moms -- not that we are slobs -- they just had more "flair"; always looked nice even though neither is a real standout in physical beauty....although they are both slender.

I can't really say if most Euro women of all classes are slender or not. But supposedly, America is the "fattest" nation, so it's possible? I think being slim definitely adds to the Euro look, but I don't think it's mandatory. . .

BurberryBrit 01-19-2006 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by GlitteringTiaras
I completely agree with you.

Americans tend to be more casual when it comes to dressing. Even our evening wear is more elegantly laid back in comparison with our European friends.

British women, from my standpoint, tend to dress more smart (this has nothing to do with intelligence either.) Regards to the European continent dress, women there are definitely dress up. Whether it's going to the market, strooling in the park, or having lunch in a cafe around the corner European woman love to dress up. I admire that.:)

I wonder if that has something to do with lifestyle? Like maybe life is more laid back in Europe? I don't know; I've never been there. But I think Americans are very trendy. We tend to go for the look of the moment, whereas European fashionistas care more about style, fabric, cut, TIMELESSNESS, than what's hot at the moment.

BurberryBrit 01-19-2006 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by sesa
Well from my observation, it really does depends on "where" they come from. For example, all European women are much better dressed than Americans. In both work wear and casual wear. Spain, Italy, in particular comes to mind for their leather goods (shoes, jackets, purses). they are always well made. These things in particular always make a pair of cheap jeans and a shirt look great. In England I found sweaters, gloves, & scarves to be very well made and very beautiful. Which in turn makes jeans or an inexpensive pair of slacks look great.
I also found that most if not the majority of European women wear shoes with some sort of heel which in turn gives everything a more polished pulled together look. Rarely have I seen a European lady wear a pair of tennis shoes!
But in regards to being either Royal or European, I think their "style" depends mostly on thier personality, their likes and dislikes. For example, my style is mostly like Prss Letiza and Prss Mathild. I would wear their daywear to my office. I always wear 3.5 in stilettos to work like Letiza & Mary.
But when it comes to casual, weekend wear, it's all American! Sweat pants, tennis shoes and a sweater of some sort during cold weather. Shorts and a t-shirt w/flip flops during the summer.
So, my very wordy opinion is that it really depends on the "where" and not the "Royalty:D

I heard that about the sneakers somewhere too: that the fastest way to get identified as an American tourist is to wear sneakers. lol I'm in school and on a budget so my true style is very classic, but my class schedule and budget is very American (comfort clothes).

soCal girl 01-19-2006 11:10 PM

I agree with Burberry Brit about Americans going for the trend and Europeans going for the classic/timelessness look. I prefer the European look while dressing up, but if I'm having a casual lunch with a friend I prefer the American sneakers. :D Being from southern California, I'm exposed to all of the "hottest" trends in America straight from Hollywood and sometimes I just want to hop onto a plane and head for Italy, Spain, somewhere else where tacky fashion is not fashionable!:eek: :cool:

Maxie 01-20-2006 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by BurberryBrit
I heard that about the sneakers somewhere too: that the fastest way to get identified as an American tourist is to wear sneakers. lol I'm in school and on a budget so my true style is very classic, but my class schedule and budget is very American (comfort clothes).

That's so true! I always recognize American tourists by their sneakers. (That's one thing I would never wear myself, btw). :) I think the Dutch aren't that fashionable though, but I lived in Paris and there everybody is always very well dressed, something I liked very much, because that's something I like to do myself too. I just can't imagine wearing baggy pants, sneakers and a jersey sweater, even when I'm alone in the house and there's nobody around who can see me. Not that I'm a fashionista, btw. Not at all! But I like to go shopping for some real classic and stylish stuff, as a lot of my friends do too. I love wearing skirts and scarfs, for example. Don't know if this is very European, for me it's merely something I do because it feels good. My sister is totally different by the way, she loves the baggy pants! (Ugh... ;))

Little_star 01-20-2006 07:12 AM

From what I've seen when I've been in the US, I think most of the women dress as badly as most English women, if not worse. Although having said that the Germans aren't exactly renowned for their sense of style either!

Josefine 01-20-2006 07:16 AM

have in mind "europe" is not a country with the same traditions and history each country has its own tradition culture and history and that goes also for fashion

Little_star 01-20-2006 07:32 AM

"have in mind "europe" is not a country with the same traditions and history each country has its own tradition culture and history and that goes also for fashion"

Very true, which is why I mentioned specific countries in my post.

BurberryBrit 01-20-2006 12:38 PM

Excellent points about fashion! I can't wait to visit these various places in my travels and see how fashion varies from country to country.

And Maxie, as far as the sneakers, there was a point where I would NEVER wear sneaker out. I mean never. I don't know why, but it wasn't something that I liked to wear. After breaking my ankle, though, I had to go back to comfortable shoes. But I'm discovering there's a lot of cute flats or low heel/kitten heel shoes out there. You just have to grab them when you see them.

Princejohnny25 01-20-2006 12:38 PM

US women are pretty casual but I think Australian women are the most casual and dont care that much. There much more relaxed and just dont care.

BurberryBrit 01-20-2006 12:57 PM

Are Australians more sporty? I just have the impression of all Australians being into the "Outback" and into hiking, climbing, kayaking, etc. I don't know WHERE I got that impression from, though. . . :confused:

theprincess 01-21-2006 01:22 AM

I live in Canada and I find North Americans in general to dress much more casual than Europeans. I was in Italy over christmas break and I noticed how nicely dressed everyone was. All the women wore heels and dress clothes and all the men wore dress winter coats and scarfs. The whole time of I was there I never saw anyone wearing sweatpants! At home I see tons of people wearing sweatpants everyday.

Prinses Lauren10 02-10-2006 10:11 AM

Look at www.royalfashion.web-log.nl !!! :D


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