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Best-dressed cities: The world's most stylish places for people-watching besides Paris, Milan, London or New York

Best-dressed cities: The world's most stylish places for people-watching besides Paris, Milan, London or New York

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Text: Ryan Sng


Image: Instagram

In realistic terms, street style is everywhere you look. But while "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" or whatever, there's no denying that some places do it better than the rest. We're not talking about the western world's Fashionable Four — Paris, Milan, London, and New York — but instead of lesser-known (or neglected of late, hello Tokyo!) stylish spots, where a convergence of factors create fascinating tableaux on the sidewalks. Below, a shortlist of our contenders for the world's best-dressed cities.

Accra, Ghana

This West African power's long and diverse cultural history is finally getting the attention it deserves. Case in point: visiting Nigerian photographer Stephen Tayo's striking snaps of the annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra's Jamestown landed him on the radars of Vogue and Dazed in 2018.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai's surplus of creatively-minded, middle-class youth — many of whom study abroad and energise the Big Four's design schools — are no lightweights when it comes to the sartorial stakes. The best part? Their enthusiastic support of China's burgeoning local fashion scene.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Here's some simple arithmetic for you: Denmark's excellent social welfare + Copenhagen's bike-friendliness = joyously practical style (we're totally not jealous). For those of us abroad, there's always shopping at designers like Cecilie Bahnsen, Ganni, and Rotate.

Tokyo, Japan

In the last decade or so, the world's attention has shifted from the dress sense of Japanese girls to that of the boys, who are finally chafing against stereotypical gender roles as much as their female peers.

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