In this blog post I am gong to share some helpful tips for all you fashion babes who live overseas! Some of you may be working in a different country. Some of you may be a spouse to a Service Member stationed overseas and some may be a Service Member stationed overseas, like myself!
The deets on my overseas background!
I was stationed in Katterbach, Germany for 4 years and now I am currently stationed in South Korea. I have been living in Korea for 9 months!
When I lived in Germany
I was not yet a Fashion Blogger during my time in Germany. I did noticed that fashion was not a big thing in the area that I lived in. Ansbach had 3 stores in their mall that I did not mind going to for new outfits. H&M and Orsay were my favorite stores. I would sometimes travel the 40 mins to Nürnberg and shop the stores there. They had a Zara! Honestly, I never heard of Zara until I got to Germany and I loved their stuff. During that time there wasn’t a Zara in San Antonio, TX but they eventually put one at the La Cantera Mall. So every time I go there, it reminds me of Germany.
Overall, fashion in Germany was different and I embraced its uniqueness. Occasionally, I felt as though they were a bit ahead in fashion than the United States because I discovered infinity scarves in Germany and then I noticed them in the States. Also, leggings were very popular in Germany before the United States. However, In 2012 I noticed a classic trend of A-line dresses and classic vintage looks sweeping across the United States that I could not find in Germany. The Bodycon skirts and dresses in 2011 were also impossible to find in Germany as well.
So how did I keep up with the trends during my time in Germany?!? I shopped on line of course (insert winky face emoji). Forever21 was and still is one of my go-to online stores. I also discovered ModCloth.com through a friend. Whenever I went home to visit, I would do a lot of shopping, stocking up on bras, shoes, and Express Jeans because they are my fav. I also embraced some of the German styles and played in their fashion trends a bit. Germany was not a bad place for fashion and it all worked out.
So if you are living in Germany my suggestion to you is:
- Shop on line for the trends you cant get!
- Stock up during your visits home
- Embrace the German Fashion because they have some good stuff too
Living in South Korea
My experience in South Korea is so much different than Germany. First of all, shopping in the small town of Pyeongtaek is not fun. Most Koreans here are not materialistic and are not much into fashion as we are. There is a mall in downtown Pyeongteak call the AK Plaza but it is all is too expensive. Koreas have their own sense of style that I admire; it is very cute and glamorous. A lot of their fashion is geared towards K-Pop, that is short pleated skirts and tiny tops. This also brings me to another problem; Koreans are naturally built to be very petite. You would think that someone as small as myself would fit in but, no! I would wear a Large or Extra Large in their clothes, its like shopping in the junior’s section all the time. Their junior’s section fit is worst! A women in their 30’s like myself cannot figure out how to embrace their style, it is too juvenile for my taste. I did buy a few outfits and I don’t wear them. You can find examples of some of their clothes that I bought here and here. They say Seoul is the place you want to shop, which is 2 hours away. I have not yet had the opportunity to venture out into the city to shop. They have an H&M and a Forever21. When I finally get to visit, I will give you guy an update.
If you are living in Korea my advice to you is:
- Shop online, here are some of my current favorite stores
- Venture out to Seoul for quality shopping if you don’t already live there
- Stock up when you go home to visit
- If it suits you, embrace the fashion in Korea
If you guys have any ideas, feel free to leave a comment below and show some love.
Fashion is everywhere!