We caught up with fashion blogger and travel enthusiast Signe Savant to find out her top traveling tips and fashion secrets!
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m Signe. I love sunflowers, climbing castles, and doing quite a bit of reading. I find myself in a perpetual state of multi-tasking and still never manage to do everything that I want to do! I guess I’m sort of also a bit of an insomniac.
How would you describe your style?
My style changes often due to my travels and people watching, but I’d say that there is usually a sort of underlying bohemian tone of some sort. For the last year or so, I was really digging the long hair, fringe everything, hippie/festival vibe, but after a trip to Scandinavia, now I’m sort of simplifying down into a more minimalist mindset (but still, I love the fringe!).
Out of all the countries you have visited, which has been your favourite so far?
I crossed my 43rd country off of my travel list this past weekend, so this is a really tough question. I really love eastern Europe. I really enjoyed Old Town Tallinn, Estonia and learned quite a bit about the Estonian people, but I never left the Old Town to get a real feel for the country as a whole. I supposed I’d have to say Italy since I’ve been to so many places all over the country. The cities are beautiful and crumbly, the countryside is vast and rolling and I don’t think I really need to mention the food and wine!
Out of all the places you have visited, which do you believe to be the most fashionable?
Another tough question! Each country has its own sort of fashion vibe. When I lived in Paris, I expected to see everyone in head to toe couture all the time, but one of my professors wore the same outfit (a red and purple checked top and skirt set straight out of the 80s) for three days in a row. I think that London is one of the places where fashion has always hit me hard. It’s because I keep going there in the winter when it’s cold and rainy and all I’ve packed are hiking boots and my huge puffy down coat to stay warm and dry and there are girls in their vintage Doc Martin boots and pea coats on every corner that I tend to feel insanely, ridiculously underdressed.
What is the best thing you’ve done whilst on your travels?
Learn! I’ve picked up bits of new language, phrases, recipes, etiquette and gotten to see how people in different places live.
What is your number one travelling must-have?
My passport! But really, a camera with an empty memory disk and a full battery!
What is your most favourite item which you own?
I don’t know that I could just pick one item, but I am obsessed with boots. I’m getting ready to have knee surgery next month, so all of my fun heeled booties are out and I’m on the search for some really classy, orthopedic, flat-soled booties. I’ll have to let you know if I find any!
What inspired you to start travelling?
I’ve been lucky enough to always have travel in my life. My dad was a Navy brat and grew up in Tasmania and Taiwan and did quite a bit of travel throughout his life and he passed it on to me. I remember being a 4-year old in Jamaica and having people approach me to touch my super blonde hair. My aunt also got me started on travel as a young child. She’s been around the world several times and has spent the last 40 summers studying at Cambridge. She took me to England for the first time when I turned 17. It was a huge dose of culture shock, but after studying abroad in Paris as an undergrad, my true love of the European lifestyle was born. After several more trips abroad, I took the first chance I could to move overseas and have been soaking it up ever since!
Where have you not been where you’d love to go visit?
I’ve really only traveled extensively in the US, Caribbean, and Europe. I’m really wanting to start exploring Asia, Australia, and South America. It’s time to head below the Equator!
If you had to link how you dress to a specific country, which and why?
On most, but not all of my trips, I do a lot of outfit planning before I pack. I look at local style blogs and I always run a quick Pinterest search of “enter-country-name+outfits or +style” to help me pack. When I travel, I want to blend in with the locals as much as possible. For some trips, I just want to be warm, so I only pack hiking boots and lots of layers, but for most, I do a bit a research. I definitely wear more vintage pieces in France, more plaid in the UK and more light colours in Italy.
If you had to settle down in any country of your own choice, which would it be?
I do love where I am in Germany, but despite my best attempts at learning the language, I just cannot seem to master it. I’d love to live in Italy and take advantage of the sea and warm weather and pasta. I’d love to live in London for the culture and big city. I’d love to live in Tallinn amongst beautiful architecture and peaceful people. There are just too many wonderful places in the world. I can’t pick just one!
Signe appears to be such a young and carefree spirit travelling the world and living the dream without a care in the world! And to end this article, us Moi Dolls found it only acceptable but to end it with this image of Signe charging into battle on her unicorn in Salzburg! If only we were all able to do that!
Written By Darcey Rose