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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!