Beijing Girls: Modern copycats

Yisha He 6 February 2014

The fashion industry in China is, sadly, incredibly similar to other countries. We house the same surplus of ‘made in China’ goods, but with very few designs actually invented in China. You can easily identify the nations that inspired these top 5 prevailing trends for Beijing street fashion, none of which are originally Chinese.

1. American high street

Black leather leggings are a must for this look, paired with any plain jumper. This year’s trendy addition is a knee length coat, giving the overall effect of a chic, yet nonchalant, aesthetic. To jazz up the look don’t forget layered extravagant necklaces and a signature black and white messenger bag. This look is typically favored by tall girls with mile-high legs and a gutsy attitude.

2. British academic

This is the Chinese fantasy of what British schoolgirls wear on a campus such as ours. Cotton or silk blouses are tucked in a skater skirt, matched with Dr. Martens boots and a double shoulder bag. A plaid scarf is no doubt the perceived symbol of England and defines this look, no matter the weather. British academic indeed!

3. Korean casual

There has never been a lack of fan clubs for Korean dramas in China. Wearing a loose mohair sweater and tight jeans or leggings covered by the latest cocoon coat, any Chinese girl can dream about wandering the streets of Seoul. Insert daydream: they will bump into someone incredibly dashing and rich in a Seoul alleyway. The two of them will inevitably fall crazy in love, overcome all the obstacles including a mean mother-in-law, a stubborn ex- girlfriend and some incurable disease which won’t be detected until the two other obstacles have already been dealt with – you see the appeal!

4. Japanese mori girl

A staple cotton dress and boyfriend- style cardigan, paired with casual converse and a wool hat. This stereotypical dress has been really popular, though admittedly it’s quite tricky to continuously dress like an innocent forest girl (channelling Snow White, perhaps?), living in a cottage while avoiding the impression of being a poorly paid kitchen maid.

5. European vintage

The vintage tide is returning in full force. Wide-brim hats, high-waisted dresses, leather gauntlets and cape coats form the safest must-have investments for your wardrobe. Pair these vintage inspired goods with a small handbag and ankle boots. To make it perfect, choose a red lipstick and curl your hair.