Where the East meets West, Turkey’s cross-continental capital, Istanbul, is steeped in rich history, culture and cosmopolitan offerings. Known for exquisite architectural marvels and opulent Ottoman design, the country’s traditional attire harks back to this aesthetic: Think plush fabrics, bold colours and lots of patterns. However, the daily regalia of Istanbul locals is a watered-down version of this, taking a smart-casual approach; it is not unusual to see men donned in three-piece suits while women are draped in flowy silhouettes. While not overtly religious, the metropolis is populated by a myriad Islamic holy sites and modest dressing around these areas is recommended.
Mango button front tie waist dress in animal print, R682.32, asos.com
Ray-Ban Izzy sunglasses in Tortoise/Brown, POR, sunglasshut.com
Hermés Le Jardin de la Maharani Recadré scarf 45, R16 284.21, hermes.com
Resin earrings, R249, zara.com
Gold multi-reflective stone stretch bracelet, R289.38, lovisa.com
Gladiator sandals, R99, superbalist.com
Tortoiseshell minaudiére bag, R659, zara.com