Staying in Style: Berlin

Berlin is fast becoming an international city of style. Despite its reputation for glamour in the 1920s it's only since the fall of the Berlin Wall that the city has become a contender amongst today's most influential fashion centres. Berlin Fashion Week attracts thousands of the fashion industry elite each year and big hitters like Wolfgang Joop and Michael Michalsky have set up thriving businesses here. With 3.4 million residents from 180 countries Berlin has become a vibrant melting pot where designers enjoy considerable creative freedom.

The German capital's hip young designers gravitate towards the Alte Schoenhauser in central Berlin. In fact the Hackesche Höfe, a complex of eight courtyards, has become known as one of Europe's fashion centres on par with Paris, London and Milan. Berlin's fashion stores are spread throughout the city. Head west to Kurfürstendamm for famous department stores KaDeWe, Peek and Cloppenburg. Or try the Hackischer Markt for cheap and cheerful bargains or the Schlossstrasse with its enormous indoor shopping centre Boulevard Berlin.

Find out which on-trend pieces our Berlin fashion bloggers recommend if you want to Stay in Style in Berlin this SS2014.

Fashion Blogger's Top Picks

Berlin fashion items

1) Mia from HeyLilaHey is a fashion blogger from Berlin. She recommends the classic brown leather Birkenstock sandal to take you from warm summer walks in Berlin's parks to casual dining in one of the cities many cafes. You can bag a pair of Germany's favourite sandals from Buba Schuh GmbH at Neue Schönhauser Straße 6-7 in central Berlin.

2) Simona from I heart Black has picked up on the distressed boyfriend jean trend with this cute pair of ripped skinny jeans from For All Mankind at the Quartier 206 department store.

It goes without saying that they're perfect for summer because they're so versatile, easy to dress up with a pair of stilettos or strappy sandals, or dress down with sneakers and a light varsity jacket. Definitely a must have!

3) Lucie Marshall, a blogger from Berlin's Mite area (though currently living in London), shows a bit of Sex in the City style with her choice of Pura Lopez high heel pumps in silver,

A metallic high heel to dance the night away, or to sit with a cocktail underneath the Berlin sky on a warm summer night.

Pick these beauties up at Goertz on Friedrichstrasse 67.

4) Jackie from WhaElse says,

My favourite trends for SS14 are pastel colours as well as biker jackets. And what’s better than a combination of both? The contrast of soft pastel colours and a sporty biker jacket is what I would recommend for SS14. There are lots of ways how to wear a pastel biker jacket.

Find this stylish piece at Zara on Grunerstasse.

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