Go Back In Time Through These Well-Preserved Historic Towns | Clozette

They say that travelling is one way of broadening our understanding of the world. This is due to the various narratives we get to live and breathe as we experience other cultures. But if there's one more fascinating thing about travelling, it's how it allows us to travel back in time (sans a time machine!) by merely walking between walls and streets of places caught in history's standstill. Not sure about what we're talking about? Read on and take a trip back in time through these well-preserved historic towns around the world that are worth a spot on your travel bucketlist. 

Gion, Kyoto

Being Japan's capital during most of its history (prior to Tokyo holding the title), Kyoto has most of the country's grandest temples, shrines, and castles. But nothing beats a whole travelling-in-time experience than visiting Gion, the city's world-renowned geisha district. Not only is this an ideal area to see actual maikos (geishas-in-training) walking the streets, but you can also catch their special performances on certain times of the day à la the noblemen and women during the shogunate period. You can also experience traditional Japanese hospitality by dining or catching a drink at the line of izakayas (pubs) and teahouses in the area. 

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Established in the 16th century, Vigan illustrates the long history of the Philippines under the Spanish rule. Aside from the colonial architecture surrounding the town, it also reflects various influences of trade with China and Europe during that era, making it a unique culmination of East and West. Comprised of 233 historic buildings lined along its 25 streets, many of its inspirations include Renaissance structures, as well as traditional Chinese and Hispanic aesthetics, making for a inexplicable culture trip you can experience only in the region. 

Prague, Czech Republic

Home to a myriad of architectural styles that span from ancient to modernist inspirations, walking through Prague will immediately make you feel like you should've worn medieval clothing. With baroque and gothic buildings that stood the test of time from the 15th century, make sure you don't miss the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock on your visit to truly feel the marvel of the place.

Luxor, Egypt

Since we're talking about historic and ancient sites here, might as well include one that literally embodies the term 'during biblical times'. Located on the east bank of the Nile, walk where the pharaohs walked as Luxor (ancient name, Thebes) was once the capital during the height of power in Egypt. Home to two of the eras most glorious — and still-standing — monuments, namely Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, you'll truly feel the unwavering prestige of its time journeying through the historic lot. 

Antigua, Guatemala

Designated as one of Unesco's World Heritage sites, Antigua not only boasts Spanish-baroque style architecture but also many ruins of colonial churches that hold their story in history well. A witness to many of Spain's, as well as Central America's, various victories and struggles in power, walking the streets of this site truly transports one to several fragments in time, from as early as the 14th century to its efforts to reconstruct its architectural identity at present. 

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After a glorious return to New York Fashion Week for Spring 2019, Rodarte decided to skip the catwalk altogether this season. We can't complain, though, because what they did instead was as magnificent as their signature whimsical runway shows. It involves a surprise celebrity reunion, a super cute puppy and lots of dainty pearls. 

Painted or photographed? This surely is the question that will come to mind when one sees the campaign for the atelier's latest designs. Designer duo Laura and Kate Mulleavy unveiled their Spring/Summer 2020 collection through whimsical portraits that are styled to look like paintings. All are taken by photographer Darya Kobayashi Ritch (side note: her Instagram is a haven for quaint aesthetic).

True to the brand's roots of being founded in Los Angeles, this campaign is star-studded, featuring household names like Kirsten Dunst and up-and-coming actresses such as Kiernan Shipka (Sabrina in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Lili Reinhart (Betty in Riverdale). Ahead, our favourites from the bunch.

The most adorable: Lili Reinhart and the puppy

Arguably the most adorable portrait of all is Lili Reinhart's. She's dressed in a voluminous white gown (the perfect choice for brides with a flair for the whimsical) while snuggling with a really cute puppy. 

The most majestic: Gabrielle Union looking like Princess Tiana

In this portrait, actress Gabrielle Union is a dead ringer for Princess Tiana from The Princess And The Frog. The pistachio green gown with tulle details matched with those glorious drop earrings are what fairytale dreams are made of!

The most headline-worthy: Mad Men reunion

Four years after its final season, Mad Men stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reunited in this Rodarte portrait. The onscreen mother-daughter tandem wore complementary pieces with Jones donning a pale pink silk dress and Shipka sporting a classy tube with floral details.

The prettiest piece: What Helena Howard wore

To us, this piece worn by Helena Howard is signature Rodarte: whimsical, dreamy and ultra-feminine. This oh-so-pretty pale lavender gown is made more beautiful and unique by its multi-coloured tulle detail. We know you're already imagining yourself wearing this.

The most eye-catching: Kirsten Dunst's stunning look

Seeing Kirsten Dunst in a beautiful voluminous gown takes us back to when she played Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's film of the same name. It was the movie that made many ladies want to dress up like an 18th-century royalty. Looking for a modern rendition? This hand-beaded seafoam green gown is your best bet.

(Cover photo from: @rodarte)



Here in the tropics, we don’t really experience many seasonal changes. It’s sadly always just either rainy or sunny here. But with all the fall fashion trends popping up, we can’t help but fall for colours that make us feel like we’re having the season we can never have. Warm tones like muted oranges, deep reds, and rustic shades are all the rage now that it’s getting quite a bit colder. Want to join in on the fun? Let these ladies from the Clozette Community inspire your ber-month ensembles.

(Cover photo from: astrityas)

Fill your wardrobe with stylish rust-coloured pieces below.