Have you always dreamed of being the ultimate jetsetter? Say breakfast on one continent, dinner on another? Let Istanbul be the answer to your travel prayers. Straddling both Europe and Asia, with the sparkling aqua-blue Bosphorus running down the middle, a mere 20-minute uberBOAT ride (yep, that is now a thing) will escort you from one continent to another.
Another cool aspect of this city is its extraordinary immersion into both the ancient and modern worlds. A contrast between rich ancient history and luxury hotspots, the former exemplified by an iconic skyline, glittering with grand palaces and soaring minarets, and the latter boasting a nightlife scene which rivals that of London or New York. It’s the best of every world, and people are starting to notice - Charlize Theron, Madonna, and Michael Kors are just some of the most fashionable and famous who have been recently sighted in this majestic Turkish city.
Stuff your suitcase with vibrant colors and luscious fabrics, but be sure to leave ample room because the shopping is unreal (cc: where to shop). Plan to err on the conservative side, particularly when visiting the exquisite Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Swimwear and a sarong is perfectly fine within your resort, though definitely keep a cover-up that actually covers up, handy for lunchtime. When out-and-about, an “of-the-moment” off-the-shoulder top paired with 70s-style flared pants totally works, and you can always add a layer with that “had-to-have-it” scarf you seemed to have already purchased during a buying binge at the Grand Bazaar.
When you’re ready to hit the high-end clubs later on, you can get away with your prized miniskirts, but keep your daytime and dinnertime looks stylishly sophisticated. Turkish women really dress up in the evenings, so let this be your chance to pack your silkiest, swankiest cocktail ensembles and not look an iota overdressed - Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Prorsum frocks with glitz galore come to mind. Toss in some transformative statement jewelry and voila! You’re all set for that five-star Turkish fine dining.
Be it for the fashion and food, the fascinating history, or the fabulous nightlife, Istanbul has entered the world’s super cool radar and it’s high time you pack your bags and make an unforgettable visit. The Turkish are extremely hospitable and just love to show you why their glamourous, double-continent city is just that amazing. So, call your boss and clear the week – it’s time to hit this Turkish runway.