Zalando, an online fashion retailer, recently released a list of the most elegant cities in the world. Using factors like the number of fashion schools, perceptions of fashion journalists, architecture, and affordability, Zalando ranked 80 cities all over the world.
Keep reading for the top 10 most stylish cities in the world.
10. Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy, is a mecca for art, architecture, and culture. In the midst of the Colosseum and countless masterpieces from Michelangelo, the fashion industry is another glamorous element of Roman culture.
It’s only fitting that some of the most luxurious fashion and jewelry brands are based in Rome, such as Fendi and Bulgari, which mirror the opulent Renaissance art located all over the city.
9. Milan, Italy
Italy is full of stylish cities, and Milan is one of them. The city’s fashion week is world-renowned, making Milan appealing to designers, stylists, and modeling agencies.
The city is home to classic fashion houses like Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace, as well as Italian versions of magazines like “Vogue” and “Vanity Fair.”
8. Bordeaux, France
When people think of French fashion, Paris probably comes to mind first. However, there are many other stylish cities all over the country besides the capital.
Bordeaux, located in southwestern France, is best known for producing delicious red wines, but the city also has many hip boutiques. Chic locals are known for their casual, effortless street style that any tourist would want to steal.
7. New York, New York, USA
New York is another iconic fashion city, and it’s the only US city in this top 10 list.
The city hosts New York Fashion Week every fall and spring where designers come from all over the world to showcase their designs. Plus, New York is a go-to destination for people looking to learn about the fashion industry. The city is home to two of the top educational institutions for fashion the the country — the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design.
6. Barcelona, Spain
Fashion in Barcelona is bright and colorful, much like the rest of the city. Some of the best shopping in the city can be found on La Rambla, a large pedestrian street in the city center. Shoppers can find everything from big Spanish brands like Zara and Desigual to independent boutiques and vintage shops.
5. Florence, Italy
Florence is yet another fashionable Italian city. It’s also a great place to buy Italian leather goods because there are many tanneries in Florence that have been practicing the trade for centuries.
Whether you visit the local markets or upscale shops like Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, both of which are based in Florence, leather is a fundamental part of the city’s fashion scene.
4. Venice, Italy
When you think of Venice, Italy, you probably think of gondola rides through the city’s canals or the beautiful architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica. But there are also many Venetian events and traditions that have inspired trends all over the world.
Venice is known for its production of ornate masks used for the annual Carnival celebration every February. There is also a centuries old blown glass industry in Venice, and colorful glass sculptures have inspired beautiful patterns and fabrics over the years.
3. Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria, is a stunning historic city with beautiful architecture and a thriving arts scene, so it’s no surprise that it is also one of the most stylish cities in the world.
Lindengasse fashion mile one of Vienna’s most popular shopping districts. There, you’ll find a wide variety of local shops carrying cool independent brands.
2. London, England
Londoners are known for their impeccable street style. South Kensington and Chelsea are especially famous for being stylish.
London is also home to prominent designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Jimmy Choo.
1. Paris, France
Coming in as the number one most fashionable city in the world is Paris, France. This choice isn’t particularly surprising, however, since fashion is ingrained in Parisian culture.
From the annual Paris Fashion Week to legendary fashion designers like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, it’s hard to think of the city without its strong connection to the fashion world.