Most stylish cities
By Style Feed Staff, 27 February 2015
The fact that you’re on ASOS and checking out the Style Feed suggests you’re already the most sartorially accomplished man you know. But if you left your local town or city, how would your style measure up? We take a look at a handful of the world’s most fashion-conscious cities and examine the elements that go into making up their signature styles.
As with most things in Germany’s hipster capital, Berlin’s street style ranges from the practical and down-to-earth to the downright psychedelic, with riots of colour all mixed up with retro references. Since the Berlin Wall was torn down 26 years ago, the city has set about moving away from its troubled history and ushering in open-air galleries, foodie night markets and a slamming party scene. In Kreuzberg and Neukölln, particularly around the party centre of Kottbusser Tor, you’ll find the graffiti that covers every spare inch of wall has seeped into the cultural consciousness, lending it a punky, urban edge. Expect to see steezy outerwear (it gets very cold), lots of black leather (a nod to the city’s kinky party scene) and hip, minimal monochrome, but also normcore denim and tech-wear – Berliners cycle everywhere and aren’t the types to let impractical high fashion get in the way of their morning coffee run.
Sweden's capital may have a picture-postcard setting – all dreaming spires, medieval alleys and romantic waterways – but its street life is more indie fashion mag photo-spread. Head to the SoFo (south of Folkungagatan) neighbourhood in the heart of Södermalm (the island just south of the city centre), and you'll be confronted with polite hordes of hip young Swedes in vintage threads and minimalist streetwear finery. Plus, there'll be a fair few dapper, bearded thirtysomething dads taking advantage of Sweden's generous paternity leave and hanging out with their similarly well-attired toddlers. Hang out at the Pet Sounds bar/record store to soak up the hood's vibe and clad yourself in Cheap Monday, Acne and second-hand chic to fit in like a slightly less blonde and strapping than usual local.
Japan’s neon-lit capital has long been considered a must-see among the smug and stylish globetrotting set. But with the emergence of low-cost air travel, Tokyo is no longer the preserve of upwardly mobile travellers brandishing black AmEx cards – now us plebs can go and check out Asia’s most stylish city for ourselves. If you do, be sure to pack minimal, and by that we don’t mean pack light. Japanese men are renowned for pulling on clothes that boast simple, sharp lines and expertly-tailored cuts, and for constructing outfits in artfully controlled colour palettes. It’s a place of precision dressing with a streetwear influence, and the birthplace of the always on-point Commes des Garçons. To see the aesthetic in full flow, look no further than the Shimokitazawa neighbourhood; part hipster, part Harajuku, it’s where the sartorial beasts come out to play in threads that deliver an even stronger knockout punch than the local saké.