When speaking about fashion, Shanghai is definitely one city that pops into mind. I’ve compiled a short list of interesting fashion trends I’ve observed in my stay here! Catch it below!
After my first ride on the subway, I noticed a major beauty trend that 90% of women on the train seemed to be sporting. Straight eyebrows. Similar to Cara Delevingne’s straight boy-brows, however minus the bushiness. In America, after one train ride, you can see that many women prefer a noticeably high arch. A Shanghai native mentioned, she believes the reason why straight brows are so popular in China is because they are associated with youth. There is a sort of innocent and youthful factor associated with an un-arched brow.
Shanghai seems to be filled with hype beast. Around every corner there is someone sporting a Hood By Air sweater, Bathing Ape Hoodie, or Off White or Comme de Garcon T-shirt. However, in Shanghai these labels, and the people wearing them, are not categorized as “hype-beast” rather just being plain fashionable street wear. High-end street wear brands seem to be very common and are definitely seem to be worn like common clothes, with what seems like 70% of pedestrians sporting these brands.
Grey and Pastel Hair
Pastel lavender and grey hair can be seen on almost every other young adults in their mid 20’s. Much like thin the U.S, pastels are definitely in, with many young Shanghainese contrasting dark minimalistic black or white clothing with light, soft-hued hair colors such as ash-blonde and pastel lilac.
Heels, Heels, Heels.
One Major difference I noticed between New York and Shanghai’s fashion scene is the footwear. Most New Yorkers opt for a fresh pair of sneakers or wedges. Considering most of NYC’s population walks and takes the train everywhere. Being in Shanghai, what I’ve noticed so far is that it’s all about the heels. Women and girls here dress to the nines. In dresses and heels. Big platforms, wedges, kitten heels, and stilettos come complete with every outfit!
Miniature or toy poodles are extremely, extremely common in Shanghai. Most dog owners in Shanghai, own miniature poodles. Although not a fashion accessory, these pure breed dogs are definitely all the rage right now. Not only that but due to their pure breed status and expensive price, they are often seen as a symbol of wealth. In areas like Jing ‘an, you can see hundreds of fashionable women walking their toy poodles in and out of luxury good shops.