Traditional Clothes from Around the World that Are Still Worn Today

Traditional Clothes from Around the World that Are Still Worn Today. One of the most interesting aspects of any nation is traditional clothing since the garments that people wear can say a lot about their way of living, as well as their religion, customs, and climate of the area.

Despite modern clothing taking over the fashion world, there are many cultures that have preserved their traditional attire and widely wear it to this day, taking pride in their identity. Today, we’ll present you some traditional garments from all over the world that are still popular in their home country and how you can wear them.

Japan, Kimono

a person in a kimono holding a fan

The Kimono is one of the most distinctive traditional wear from around the world, and this Japanese clothing has a centuries-long history and great importance for the country it originated from. The word “kimono” literally translates to a “thing to wear” and it is worn by both men and women across Japan.

Kimonos come in a wide variety of styles which range from brightly coloured to monochrome designs, each with its own special meaning. Today, they are mainly associated with formal occasions such as weddings or other special events and they have also become a popular souvenir for tourists who want to bring back home a piece of Japanese culture. Other garments like blouses and dresses inspired by the classic kimono are also highly appreciated among tourists since they can be easily styled with other modern clothes to create beautiful, wearable outfits.

Ireland, Celtic clothing

a person sitting on a rock in front of a stone building


The Irish have always been known for their exquisite knitwear and carefully crafted garments, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the Irish proudly wear these garments to this day. One of the most popular Celtic garments is the Aran sweater, and although it didn’t originate in the times when the Celts populated the Emerald Isle, the traditional stitches and patterns used to create these jumpers represent an undeniable token of their beliefs.

One of the greatest advantages of Irish apparel is that it is easy to wear in everyday life, for example, an Aran sweater can be beautifully paired with any jeans or tailored trousers to create a warm and cosy outfit for the colder months of the year.

Austria, Dirndl

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The Dirndl is a traditional dress mainly worn in Austria, but also in Germany and some parts of Switzerland and it is a garment that is generally associated with the Alpine region of Europe. This classic dress is made of several parts like a bodice, a skirt, and an apron, and is usually made of lightweight, but durable fabrics such as cotton and wool that can resist any temperatures.

Back in the day, dirndls were worn by both the peasants and the wealthier classes, the latter using more expensive and luxurious fabrics like silk or velvet to create their clothing. Nowadays, modern garments feature both classic traditional designs and contemporary additions like low necklines which makes them more wearable for folk festivals or other cultural celebrations. If you ever find yourself in any of these regions during your trip to Europe, trying on such a garment is a must-do!

*This is a collaborative post

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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