Ducks Abroad: Vilnius, Lithuania

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One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed while studying abroad in Germany is that the people here dress to impress. It is very unlikely that you will see someone wear sweats in public unless they are going to the gym or they are wearing joggers– the fashionable pseudo-sweat. While I am abroad, I’m using the ridiculous number of Baden- Wurtemburg, German holidays to travel around Europe. My first stop was Vilnius, Lithuania.

When I first arrived in the capitol city, I had no idea what to expect. A friend back home had told me that people in Eastern Europe dress in a way that she described as “other worldly.” Outfits here have not been quite as radical as I was expecting, but there is definitely a different flavor to fashion here in Vilnius.

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Vilnius is a university town, and a large portion of the fashionable people I ran into seemed to be of college age. Many of these students were walking around in outfits made chic with unique jackets, open scarves and oversized handbags.

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The shape, color and textures of clothing is different and perhaps more daring than what I have experienced in the United States and Germany. People here, and in Europe in general, are much more put together and at times, professional. It is not uncommon to see someone wearing a suit while running errands or having a drink with friends.

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The people of Vilnius are less afraid of color. It is not uncommon to see bright yellows, blues and greens as statement pieces in an outfit.

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The younger generation is able to keep their look structured, but still add other trendy elements. One big trend all around Europe that I noticed– tennis shoes. Nike and Addidas are everywhere.

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One trend that I wasn’t expecting to see but saw around every corner was monochrome.

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I also didn’t fail to see a few outfits that looked straight out of Pacific Northwest hipsterdom.

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Chic outerwear pieces were once again everywhere.

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DSC_0408The lesson learned? Don’t leave your house without a jacket.

Written and photographed by Elinor Manoogian-O’Dell, @ElinormODell

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