Spain took third place, with the UK and Sweden placing fourth and fifth respectively. Research was commissioned by Farfetch, a global platform for the luxury industry, which has used it to create an interactive guide to the most popular fashion trends across the world.
The World Fashion 2020 tool shows sales data from some of the world’s most fashion-forward cities, and how shopping habits have changed during worldwide lockdowns.
Milan has seen sales of tracksuit sets increase a huge 1,000 percent in 2020, as time spent indoors and out blends together.
While in New York, sleepwear is up 225 percent year-on-year from 2019.
The UK saw the biggest increase in sales of the classic Aviator watch – with sales increasing by 400 percent – more than any other country worldwide.
The study also revealed how people rate themselves when it comes to style, with 76 percent of Polish adults describing themselves as “fashionable” – compared to 67 per cent of Italians, and 64 percent of French residents.
Italians have a passion for fashion – spending more than anyone else during a typical month, with Germans coming in a close second.
Although the Spanish will take more time to look for the latest trends, spending nearly 10 hours a month browsing for clothes and accessories, compared to four-and-a-half hours spent by those in the UK.
“Conscious” shopping is also becoming a growing trend, with the UK seeing a 108 percent rise in those shopping sustainable brands.
Although this was beaten by Germany (130 percent) and Sweden (120 percent) – while the Swiss saw a huge 166 percent increase.
Britons also bought more pre-owned clothing than they did last year, as did many other countries across Europe.
Those living in Spain will also indulge themselves the most when it comes to reading up and finding inspiration for new looks, spending five hours a week browsing websites, reading magazines and scrolling through social feeds.
The study of residents from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and Denmark revealed more than a quarter of all adults will browse Instagram for style tips, and fashion inspiration.
Another 27 percent look to fashion websites and 22 percent turn to magazines.
It also emerged 51 percent of all adults polled, via OnePoll, will take fashion inspiration from other countries, with Italy, France and the UK most likely to inspire people.
A further 56 percent enjoy learning about fashion and style, with 52 percent keen to broaden their horizons and learn more about international couture and design.
The research also discovered Victoria Beckham was named the biggest style icon, chosen by 28 percent of respondents.
Others to make the top 10 included Kate Middleton, pop star Ellie Goulding and the iconic Jane Birkin.
A spokesman for Farfetch said: “Fashion has always been a great way to truly express and explore your individuality, and now with so many different styles to choose from, it’s never been easier for people to really put their own spin on things.”
The most stylish European countries according to European adults:
All time greatest top 10 fashion designers according to European adults:
1. Giorgio Armani
2. Coco Chanel
3. Christian Dior
4. Yves Saint Laurent
5. Gianni Versace
6. Karl Lagerfeld
7. Paco Rabanne
8. Miuccia Prada
9. Victoria Beckham
10. Thomas Burberry
Europeans’ top 10 style icons:
1. Victoria Beckham
2. Kate Middleton
3. Chiara Ferragni
4. Olivia Palermo
5. Ellie Goulding
6. Alexa Chung
7. Jane Birkin
8. Anna Cleveland
9. Lizzy Hadfield
10. Bonnie Strange