After last week’s review of Western European fashion, I’ll continue my regional breakdown of study abroad style tips with a look at South America. Although there are obviously many cultural and style differences between the various countries of South America and even among individual cities and universities within a single region, there are also many overlaps when it comes to local fashions. Here’s a guide to wardrobe do’s and dont’s for a study abroad experience below the equator.
In South America, it’s all about the leather. Jackets, boots, bags, you name it. This is particularly true in Argentina, which is one of the world’s leading leather exporters. A nice leather jacket from a local brand like DOMA can be expensive but is also well worth the investment.
In contrast to the more polished, tailored look in European cities like Paris and Milan, South American styles tend to be more relaxed. Slouchy harem pants and long skirts are very popular (and comfortable as hell).
Bikini Bikini Bikini:
In coastal areas like Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, the bikini is a fundamental part of any wardrobe. South American beach styles are a little more revealing, so don’t be afraid to wear a cheekier cut bottom. No style is too small. Also, don’t bother with a traditional terrycloth towel, as Brazilians use large, versatile pieces of fabric called cangas. You can lay out on your canga or make it part of your beach ensemble by tying it around your waist.
From shoes to jewelry to clothes, vibrant colors are not an uncommon sight in South American countries. You can partake in this trend with bold statement jewelry pieces or colorful straw bags. Workout gear is another mode for women to dress on the brighter side. Think 80s neon party: colorful and spandex and all.
It’s extremely rare to see students wearing T-shirts, in class or on the street. In fact, it’s not even a common look at the gym, where, as noted previously, people tend to go with the Richard Simmons look.
Overdo Your Makeup:
Women in South America tend to keep it more natural when it comes to makeup. Stick to the basics like foundation, concealer, and mascara, and play up colors in your clothes and accessories.
Forget the Sunscreen:
In countries closer to the equator, the sun is bright and the weather is quite hot and humid. Keep your skin protected with sunscreen and sunglasses and consider an anti-frizz hair product to deal with the humidity. At the same time, you might want to work on your tan to avoid looking like a total tourist. When you can’t make it to the beach, bronzer and self-tanner will do the trick.
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