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Not sure what to stuff in your suitcase for your trip to China? Read on to find out what the cool kids are wearing!
Somewhere along the line, I seem to have become the unofficial style consultant for the China internship... forget what you're going to teach, what are you going to wear! And what does 'smart-casual' actually mean?
First up, don't panic... People in China are super keen on fashion (Shanghai is now up there with Paris, Milan, London and New York as one of the fashion capitals of the world don't cha know), and as long as you're not a 6ft 5 Amazonian, there are plenty of clothes shops and markets to explore to top up your wardrobe if you find any areas lacking.
The first thing to get your head around though is Chinese people's perceptions of teachers. While teachers in the Western world are regarded with a healthy mixture of contempt and derision by their students, in China teachers are afforded a lot of respect. As such, going for this kind of street style is not to be advised...
Or at least leave the pink tights at home. This is more the look you want to be going for:
(apologies - this lady did have a head and shoes when I got the picture...)
So, a few tips:
Anyone got any more China fashion tips? Post them below!