Visit thundering waterfalls in South America or spot kaleidoscopic birdlife in the Caribbean; try your luck tracking Shere Khan through the Indian jungle; or coo over baby Pandas and admire the spring blossoms in China.
Belarus is off the radar of most travellers, but this rarely explored corner of eastern Europe has just given them the legislative equivalent of a come-hither glance: loosening entry requirements to allow citizens of 80 countries to visit visa-free for up to five days, as long as you arrive by air (or via one land border where visa-free entry is being trialled).
Though the runways are beginning to reflect the diversity found in real life, fashion’s options for women over a size 12 remain limited. The cutting-edge styles created for fashion month rarely extend into larger sizes, and women in search of cool can still find themselves held back by a number. Universal Standard aims to change all that. Offering elevated basics up to size 28, it has become a leader amongst the burgeoning new subset of labels dedicated to plus-size luxury. “We found it difficult to find a T-shirt that doesn’t have a kitten, or a puppy, or some bad French on it,” says cofounder Polina Veksler at the brand’s headquarters in New York. “Why can’t we have those grown-up clothes—why must everything look like you’re perpetually headed to a baby shower? We’re real people who care about style, and we wanted to bring that to the market.”