I love to travel and because of this, I have had many of the classic souvenirs that you would think of. The Statue of Liberty Crown, the Shirt with Grand Cayman written on the front repeatedly, etc. These things made it home with me, but soon began to collect dust in my closet. Not because they aren't fabulous and fun, but because- where in the world do you wear a Statue of Liberty crown to? I tried the grocery store and you can imagine the looks!(JK)
Then one day it hit me. I've been Souvin' wrong all of these years. There's a better way to get the bang out of your buck and display it proudly- so I started buying unique pieces of clothing or accessories to incorporate into my wardrobe. Here's how I try to find the unique pieces:
-Clothing stores or places selling clothing that I know I can't find back home.
-The piece has to be something unique as well(something unlike my usual wardrobe, but it has to be able to work into my wardrobe as well.
-I also like to look at what people in the area wear. Is there a trend that's hit this area that might not be so big where I live. It also has to be something I know I can pull off. For instance, In New York, my first trip to the city, I noticed quite a few people wearing Pashminas. They weren't big yet where I lived, but you'd better bet New York fashion tends to trickle down the U.S., so I found my first Pashmina and a couple of years later, they were everywhere in Florida. The good news is that I already had my own that was special and unique.
By following these rules, I've gotten a couple of things that I still treasure to this day. One being this shawl I got in Washington DC and another being this pashmina I just mentioned that I got on Canal Street in New York(and yep, these pictures are old, but I've followed this rule for a long time now).
I apply this to any place I go whether it's a beautiful Island like Isla Roatan or a busy City like St Louis. The best thing is you are able to sport these items more that your usual Tourist collections and look back fondly at the memories you've made.