Istanbul has always seemed like a far off land to me. Everything about it is foreign: the fashion, the rules, the smells, the views. It’s truly a magical place, a melting pot where European and Arabic cultures collide. We only had two days in this magical city, so we really had to make it count.
This is the outfit I wore on the first day in Istanbul when we did most of the sightseeing, like visiting the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topaki Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Market. To visit the mosques and places of worship, women have to be full covered up (including head and hair, not pictured here.)
Given the circumstances and dress code, I opted for a ’70s flowy maxi dress, although nothing could save me from the 118 degree heat. I do not know how the Muslim women do it over there! I was blistering hot all day, but it was worth it to peek inside the brand Blue Mosque. I love the moody floral pattern of this dress, the long sleeves, and the tiered ruffles, and it’s H&M, always a favorite.
The pattern kind of reminds me of an old lady couch, which is right up my alley. So I played off that color scheme and went with suede, mustard flats. To complete the look, an extra dose of pattern via some leopard print cat eye glasses and my go-to brown bag. To see more of my gorgeous Istanbul pictures, click here.
Dress | H&M
Shoes | Zara
Glasses | House of Harlow 1960
Bag | Mulberry
Photos | Elizabeth McNamara