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Style Watch Asia!

Recently I have had the fortune to travel back to my parents' homeland, the lovely little island of Taiwan, and it is by the wonders of technology that this article comes to you all while I am still on vacation!

My eyes have been popping out of my head since I arrived, for this is the land of cheap goods (all those cheap plastic McDonald's Happy Meal toys) and most importantly, the land of cheap fashion!

There seems to be two prevailing trends here. The most prevalent is the "o-so-pretty girly-girl look," perfect for any summer picnic. This means all things in white, and varying shades of pale blue and pink. The basics for achieving this look are skirts and tiny tees or baby doll dresses, often accented with frills or shiny beads, in form-fitting materials. Shoes include any type of sandal, often with a heel or on platform, decorated with shiny beads as well.

The other style I am seeing is urban. Funky tees. Cargo pants, skirts, and shorts. Platform sneakers. Metal bead jewelry. Hair bleached -- in any way. I suppose this look is a bit more simple to pull off in terms of maintenance. Rather, than your cute as can be girl, although the urban look is not so polished, at least you can brave the streets of Taipei without being too concerned about the rain here damaging your duds.

Anything that you will need to accomplish either style can be purchased for little in one of many night markets or in some small street boutiques. Beware of the department store! They tend to overcharge. I for one have been splurging on $10 (US currency, that is, which is $300 in New Taiwan dollars) baby tees and shoes! Take care, girls!

Love eternally,


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Spend Some of That Holiday Cash: Lessons in Thrift Shopping.1/04/00
Overlooked Bargains!12/20/99
Fashion Finds!12/13/99
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Take Vintage Fashion Further!11/08/99
All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait!10/11/99
Fun Cheap Fashion10/04/99

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