Sharing a city with ModeNatie – one of the world’s leading fashion museums – it should come as no surprise that the locals have good dress sense in their DNA. Put on your best outfit and head here to learn more about iconic pieces of apparel and the inspiration behind some of the most cutting-edge clothing, as well as to enjoy a jam-packed schedule of temporary exhibitions, before checking out the sparkling DIVA diamond museum for its truly breath-taking bling.
Then kick off a retail-therapy session by familiarising yourself with the Antwerp Six. This influential collective graduated from the city’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the 1980s and spent the next few decades turning heads around the world with their catwalk creations. Most have standalone stores – a visit to Dries Van Noten’s stunning art deco boutique Het Modepaleis (Nationalestraat 16) is a must – and their legacy continues to live on as more and more Royal Academy alumni open their own places, for example, Christian Wijnants’ flagship store (Steenhouwersvest 36). And to really embrace Antwerp’s style, combine clothes with cosmetics and home accessories at one of the city’s concept stores, such as Stay (Nationalestraat 49).