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Across the globe cultural differences abound, and nowhere more so than the fascinatingly fickle world of fashion.  Inspired by Buenos Aires fashion week, Dehouche go under-cover to investigate the trends taking off in Latino land and open up the debate on what are the most weird and wonderful fashion trends from around the world. Have you noticed an unusual fashion trend where you live or while on holiday? We want to hear your suggestions – join the debate on our blog.

Fashion – for many, it’s the great b- all and end-all, while for others it’s the last thing on their mind. Whatever your opinion, there can be no denying that each country has it’s own very individual sense of style: From the Harajuku girls of Japan to the modesty defying bikinis of Brazil, the all-american cowboys of the Mid-West to the pastel-clad thighs of Italy’s lotharios, the rainbow coloured saris of India to the giant Mexican moustache. each country has its own customs and traditions. Clichés they may be, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t still alive and kicking and this is certainly true in Latin America.

The ‘business up front, party at the back’ hairstyle of the 1980’s has staged a comeback in Argentina, from the northern plains of Salta all the way down to the glaciers of Ushuaia, the mullet is claiming it’s prize as the number one male hairstyle. There have however, been a few variations over the years, with this season’s version taking the form of a single dreadlock curling itself around the nape of the neck.  Colourful hair braid optional. Contrary to the rest of the world, the mullet or dreadlock does not signify a hippy and even the most respectable business men roaming the streets of Recoleta, the Chelsea of Buenos Aires, may have a hidden hair secret. While clogs for the majority of us are best left in Holland, if you go to any bar where the cool young things like to hangout you will see almost every girl proudly sporting her clogs, accompanied by bum-skimming hair straight out of a L’oreal advert.

Some of the world’s most beautiful girls hail from Brazil and so it’s natural to feel a bit intimidated before hitting the likes of Ipanema beach.  Fear not, for on arrival one may be surprised to note that not all beach bodies are quite up to Gisele’s standard. The  key difference is that the Brazilians are proud of their body, no matter what the size, and they will wear a bikini that resembles dental floss to show it off. For a Brazilian the easiest way to spot a gringo on the beach is by the ample size of the bikini bottoms, men included. Sungas, better known as speedos in the rest of the world, are all the rage, preferably the smaller the better. Whilst Sao Paulo is one of the big fashion capitals of the world, the rest of Brazil has not quite caught up, and in homage to the year round sunshine, your average Carioca will rarely be seen out of shorts and a t-shirt- as long as it’s bright and tight! 

A slightly unusual trend is the country’s obsession with exercise clothing, but not necessarily with exercise itself. On a Sunday’s promenade down the beach front in Ipanema, the amount of lyrca on show may make you think you’re back in the 80’s, colourful leggings with crazy patterns are the order of the day, but pay attention- this outfit is not complete without white knee-high socks and just a bikini top. We question the practicality of these outfits to exercise in but for many Brazilians it seems that putting on the outfit counts just as much as doing a 5 mile run and we could definitely get used to that!

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