On my recent trip to China, I enjoyed many hours browsing the markets, stalls and shops offering almost anything made out of the well known Chinese floral silks, cool t shirts emblazoned with Chinese characters meaning who knows what and jewellery with an Eastern influence. Everything on offer was so different from the things you could buy in Western countries, which was part of the allure. However, in recent weeks I’ve noticed that high street stores have been recreating some of the silhouettes and fabric patterns I saw on my adventure. So much for trying to have a unique style!

Here are some of the high street finds which I particularly loved:

For a versatile Chinese-inpired outfit enhancer:

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This Bershka robe can be used as a pool cover up, or layer over denim and a white t-shirt to dress it down for everyday wear.

For a statement item that can be worn in many ways:

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This Kimchi Blue zip-front cropped top can be dressed up with a leather skirt and fishnets for the evening, or worn with jeans and a denim jacket for a more casual daytime look. It will be difficult to run out of ways to incorporate this top into outfits for various different social events.

For a stand out party look:

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Reclaimed Vintage has nailed the traditional Chinese silhouette in this number. The jewel blue colour together with the embellished sleeves ensure you will stand out at any event. Wear with fishnets and boots for an edgier look, or a silver barely there heel if you’re more girly. Try a size up however – it fits very snug!

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