Losing yourself in another country and becoming immersed in the local culture is one of life’s great delights.
And a little shopping never hurts, either. Yahoo Style rounded up five destinations where you can shop for the best summer wardrobe pieces and accessories. A few favorites: kaftans from Morocco, woven bags from Mexico, or silk custom-made pajamas from Vietnam; when you buy these staples from these countries, you know you’re not getting a fast-fashion copy, but rather the real deal. Scroll down to check out our top five summer destination buys.
Kaftans from Morocco
Kaftans are worn all around the world, but in Morocco they have been considered a wardrobe staple ever since the 16th century. Women often wear them out for casual, day-to-day outings, but there are also haute-couture style kaftans which are worn for special occasions when dressier attire is necessary.
If you can’t make it to Morocco, shop this kaftan style from the Muzungu Sisters: Jasmine Embroidered Cotton Kaftan, $645, net-a-porter.com.
Silk pajamas from Vietnam
In Vietnam, silky PJs are not only standard attire, but also tremendously affordable compared to elsewhere in the world. Pop into one of the many Saigon ateliers and choose from countless color swatches and fabric designs to create your perfect pair of pajamas. And an expert will then tailor and make a bespoke pajama set just for you. Who needs Olivia von Halle when you can do this?
Although, if you can’t make it all the way to Vietnam just yet, Gucci does offer a beautiful Asian-inspired pajama set too. Of course, it will cost you.
Gucci Flora Snake Silk Shirt, $1,800, gucci.com
Woven bags from Mexico
Aside from its beautiful beaches, Mexico possesses a rich heritage of art, architecture, and design, especially seen in the country’s embroidered tunics, wide-brim straw hats, vibrant rugs, and colorful woven baskets. There’s no question that woven baskets are having a big moment this summer, so why not buy one straight from the source?
If you can’t head to Mexico, scoop up this tote bag from Truss. It’s actually made in Oaxaca and fortunately for us, ships internationally.
Truss NYC woven check hobo bag, $215, farfetch.com
Sandals from Greece
According to ancient Greek mythology, gods and goddesses would wear sandals made from the island of Crete, and each pair would be imbued with mythical powers. For centuries, greek sandals were a staple in the country. The best keepsake from the country is a hand-crafted leather pair of sandals.
If you can’t make it to Greece, Ancient Greek Sandals works with local artisans to create Greek-inspired sandals using the same techniques, but styled with a modern twist like these evil eye embellishments.
Ancient Greek Sandals Eyes High, $280, ancient-greek-sandals.com
Beauty products from Korea
Korean beauty products have been blowing up online. Have you seen those now-viral animal face sheet masks on your friend’s Instagram or Snapchat lately? They originated in Korea. Korean beauty products are the hottest thing in the beauty market, and if you can get them straight from the source, we encourage you to stock up. Luckily, if you can’t trek it all the way to Korea, you still can get select coveted Korean beauty products from Sephora or Sokoglam.com.
We recommend the Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear micro milk peel, $42, sephora.com.
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