As is the case in cities like New York or America more generally, Republic City features a mingling of clothing and styles in a way that didn't happen during Aang's time. Not only are the clothes influenced by both eastern and western cultures, but individual citizens are much more likely to wear garments that suit them. Mako and Bolin, for example, dress almost identically, even though they bend different elements. Both characters wear shirts with mandarin necks, which are definitively eastern, but also scarves and dress shirts that seem to be inspired by the west. Where clothes come from matters less, even if characters do still acknowledge their culture through their clothes.