It’s time for something different today: Beijing Street Style! Look at me pretending to be a hip and trendy fashion blogger! I have to admit, the title is a little bit of a big fat lie. Most of these photos were actually taken at popular tourist sites and none of them were really taken on a ‘street’ in the technical sense of the word. I spotted these fabulous fashionistas either at the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Lama Temple, Forbidden City, or Temple of Heaven park. Most likely, many are actually fellow tourists rather than Beijing urbanites.
Platformed slippers and sandals were definitely all the rage, although those skin-toned nylon socks the woman with the face mask is wearing weren’t quite as widespread an accessory among the younger generation. Those medium-sized faux leather backpacks were also everywhere to be seen, frequently worn on the belly instead of the back. I tried to buy one for my sister in a touristy area but they said no haggling and to meet their price I would have probably had to have sold a kidney first (slight exaggeration).
Another item that definitely shouldn’t be missing from your Beijing fashion collection are summer hats. I’m talking all possible colours and sizes. You name it and someone in Beijing will be wearing it while stylishly avoiding any unwelcome facial bronzing. Except maybe a pirate hat. You probably won’t find many people on the street wearing those. Anyway, the variation of hats seemed practically infinite, so I decided to make this little compilation of hats I saw around Beijing. I especially like the girl’s cap in the bottom right corner that says “Whisker Stain”.
I almost bought one of those little head-umbrellas, since it was also frequently raining. Holding an umbrella in one hand while trying to take a photo with your camera in your other hand can be quite the challenge, so I figured it would be the most practical solution. Never happened though, I decided to put on a rain poncho and went to buy another ice cream instead (priorities).