International Street Style: Istanbul’s Bold Hues

Photo: Meltem Bilgic

The former Constantinople is known for bringing the color — from the painted buildings to the crowded bazaars to the graffiti-covered streets that connect it all. When getting dressed for the arid weather, Istanbulites take a cue from their surroundings, favoring vibrant shades and strong patterns in skirts, T-shirts, and other separates, which are worn together for a color-blocked effect or kept more sedate when paired with jeans. To finish the look, simple tennis shoes or sandals are comfortable for walking the city, while cross-body bags, clutches, and satchels — sometimes in brights, too — are the most popular option for accessorizing. Click through our slideshow for details on those, plus the full looks from the street.