There is something surprisingly sensual about the East Side Gallery, as I stroll through Berlin on an unseasonably balmy June day. Berlin is certainly not the first place you think of when someone says "fashion," but after my visit, I have a new perspective on the up and coming fashion powerhouse. Since it was hot and humid, I packed almost all dresses to get maximum ventilation. Slip dresses are my summer staple, as well as my winter, spring, and fall staples. Basically I am the slip dress' biggest fan. My favorite slips are Vince. Time after time, I find myself gravitating to the colors, patterns, and cuts of these slips. My East Side Gallery dress honestly fit like a glove right off the rack, which is a rarity in my petite 5'1" world.
In order to pack as light as possible in my carryon bag, I opted for one trusty pair of shoes: Stan Smiths. In addition to my shoe limit, I also chose to bring one bag. Fanny packs have a mixed reception in the fashion community, but on the practicality side of things, it is a dream. I love being hands free and ready to pet all the dogs I see.
One of my first stops to take in the local German style was People Berlin. This store has partnered up with charities to help the homeless youth of Berlin and create one of a kind pieces in the process. I got my favorite purchase of the trip here: an earring made out of a mold of one of the kid's mouths (it sounds grosser than it is) and hand-painted to teach the kids about art. Another highlight was Made In Berlin Vintage! I got a cropped old lady looking floral jacket, which really captured my essence of an 80 year old woman trapped in an 18 year old body. These two stores opened my eyes to see Berlin as a new fashion destination, which has a fresh take on blending fashion and humanity.