That's It—I'm Copying "Typical" Tourist Outfits for Spring 2018

This is a direct apology to all tourists. To the globe-trotting adventurers whose style has consistently looked enthusiastically overprepared. It turns out: You were just early trend adopters.

The so-wrong-they're-right (read: ugly) sneakers. The over-pocketed shorts that hit above-the-knee. Bright socks that refuse to fall down. Bum bags. Tracksuits. Before this year, I would have written these pieces off as entirely "uncool".

But it's 2018, and it's a year of great, unexpected change. Now, many of the stereotypical tourist go-tos have found themselves circling around the high-fashion hub and landing on our S/S 18 trend report. What's happening? Practi-core? Tourist-core? I don't know, but I'm finding myself edging towards these once no-go items and looks on a day-to-day basis.

So I thought I'd test and update three "typical tourist" outfits—asking my model friend Sierra Spear to brunt the embarrassment outside the British Museum for me. As it turns out, there are ways to try these (actually quite sensible) trends without just looking like an American dad on his first trip to London. Here's how.