HOT TOWN

As the tem­per­a­ture goes up, the amount of cloth­ing goes down, as Bei­jingers strip off and cel­e­brate sum­mer in the city. Tif­fany Tan re­ports.

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

High-waisted skimpy shorts, rem­i­nis­cent of 1980s fash­ion, have be­come ubiq­ui­tous in Bei­jing this sea­son. They’ve reap­peared not just in denim but bright solid col­ors, stripes and printed fab­ric— and are of­ten seen paired with crop tops.

“There’s a greater per­va­sive­ness for dress­ing in a more sex­ual man­ner,” Nels Frye, a Bei­jing street fash­ion blog­ger and edi­tor-in-chief of Life­style mag­a­zine, says. “I’ve never seen so many bot­toms and butt cheeks as in the last two weeks.”

Af­ter an­other freez­ing Bei­jing win­ter, belly but­tons and cleav­ages have re-emerged. Women who want to ex­ude sexy, but with a bit more cov­er­age, are wear­ing dressy lin­gerie with translu­cent blouses.

Ripped jeans are also back, as well as uni­sex ath­letic wear such as Amer­i­can-foot­ball jer­seys and base­ball T-shirts, says Svante Jerling, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of P1, a Chi­nese so­cial me­dia group that tracks do­mes­tic street fash­ion trends.

Pink and baby blue are the hottest pas­tel col­ors this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to P1’s data­base, while more nat­u­ral shades are the sea­son’s hair col­ors.

Men are beat­ing the heat in their fa­vorite golf shorts and board shorts, spotted in big flo­ral, geo­met­ric and crisscross prints. And base­ball caps worn back­wards are never far away, for those who want to look cool even in 40 C weather. Con­tact the writer at tif­fany@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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