There’s no denying that Hong Kong is one of the trendiest cities in the world. From small local boutiques, to big high-end designer brands, we are very much on top of our fashion game. But since fashion is subjective, and we love to affectionally poke fun at the funnier side of local culture, we decided to bring you the seven quirkiest fashion trends to ever grace the streets of Hong Kong.
1. Lensless Glasses
We’re not sure exactly how this phenomenon came to be, but if you have perfect 20/20 vision, and want to look more cultured and intelligent, then lensless glasses are apparently the way to go. Not only are these non-prescription specs light in weight and relatively cheap, they also come in all sorts of shapes and colours to match every style and mood. From Harry Potter-inspired numbers, to sparkly pink half-frames, you’ll never run out of options. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about foggy glasses ever again!
2. Black Face Masks
Face masks have always been a popular – and arguably, necessary – item for many locals in Hong Kong, but somewhere along the line they evolved from a simple means to prevent the spread of germs to a must-have fashion accessory. This may have something to do with the sudden popularity of K-pop and Korean celebrities who like to don black face masks in public as a fashion statement. Hong Kong was quick to pick up this trend, so the next time you see someone walking around wearing one, don’t worry, they’re not a ninja in disguise – they’re just k-pop loving fashionistas who are following in the footsteps of their idols. #SoHotRightNow
3. Coloured Contact Lenses
If lensless glasses aren’t your thing, then perhaps a pair of coloured contact lenses might interest you? And we’re not just talking about some cat eye ones to scare the living daylights out of your friends at Halloween – green, blue, pink, whatever colour takes your fancy, they’re on the market. Just image all those freaky selfies on Instagram! We have to admit, they are pretty amazing to look at, but if you do ever decide to have some fun and change your iris colour, make sure you don’t wear them for too long as they can cause damage to your peepers.
4. Over-the-top Nail Art
We all love a good manicure, but you can always trust Hong Kongers to take it one step further. Forget French manicures and generic colours, because splurging on a new set of gem-studded nails is the way to go. After all, nothing oozes sophistication more than gluing a bunch of diamonds and pearls onto your nails, right? Mind you, nail-bitters might want to stay away from this one.
5. Severely Distressed Jeans
Suffocating from intense heat this summer? Well, here’s one way to cool down. Never mind those crop tops and skimpy summer dresses, because the city’s fashionistas have found a far more effective way to stay breezy in the 852. Simply grab a pair of scissors and start slashing away at your comfy denims. Severely distressed jeans – and we mean severely – are all the rage right now, even if you do look like you’ve just escaped a nasty bear attack. And don’t worry if you go overboard with your creativity, as you can always throw on a pair of fishnet tights underneath and you’re good to go!
Ok, settle down. We know that some people get very upset about these apparently offensive rubber cloggies, but whether you think they look utterly hideous, or you love them for their comfort, there’s no denying they are a Hong Kong fashion staple. While these shoes are widely criticised for their general appearance, many city dwellers fully embrace the comfort and practicality a pair of Crocs can bring. In fact, we have our suspicions that a good number of you secretly own a pair at home anyway. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell).
6. Slogan T-shirts
Perhaps the easiest go-to fashion item on our list, the iconic witty slogan T-shirt never fails to amuse or shock us. Whether you have a strong political message you want to share, want to keep people at arm’s length, or simply have a wicked sense of humour, the possibilities are endless. Take a look at these hilarious T-shirts we’ve spotted around the city and you’ll see what we’re talking about!