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Street style is a term we often come across. Especially when browsing inspiration for our next set of outfits or right before going for a fashion haul. While the literal definition of this term means style spotted on the streets, what is the purpose of it? How did it come into existence?
Street style has always been around. But it hit the limelight truly in the 20th century in the post-World-War-2 era. It was first captured in the British fashion culture. Subsequently, all other major fashion capitals across the world saw street style emerge as the new fashion hub.
Bill Cunningham, an American photographer for the New York Times, views street style as a keen catalogue of ordinary people’s clothing. It shows how pieces of clothing become one yet differ from the mainstream fashion. The different styles of street style also influence the city’s representation.
Let’s discover what are the different kinds of street styles you get to see.
This kind of style has delicate cuts and fabrics used. Feminine style is usually used to place an emphasis on your best features. Example, a deep V-neck for showing off the decolletage.
This style uses a lot of prints and patterns that are inspired by gypsies and hippies. Example, printed tunic with fringe detail.
This type of style is trendy and fashionable. There is more emphasis on quality in terms of fabric, etc. You will see clean, tailored pants, pretty blouses paired with a studded bag that is on trend.
We all know and love athleisure. The sporty style has sneakers, sweatpants or gym clothes made chic for the street, etc.
These are just some types of street style you will see. Of course you can have more than one kind of style where you mix and match different elements from different styles and make it your own!
Fashion weeks are the best source of street style. All the individuals that come to attend the fashion shows have their own unique style that they carry with elan. Most often, the street style photos that you see around the world are taken at these fashion weeks. I got a similar chance to witness some amazing moments of street style at the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week. Let’s take a look at some stand-out styles I loved!