Street Style on the Rise
My closet, actually the two closets I have taken over, speak for my love of fashion. I admit I am an adult playing dress-up, and I’m glad the world is finally embracing grown-ups dressing how they want, when they want and owning it. I’m talking about Street Style. Not only is it now socially acceptable to wear all the bold patterns and colors you want, it’s expected in the fashion capitals of the world. Unfortunately, my South Jersey town has not yet embraced these looks but I’m still going to keep rocking them! Going against the trends has never been easier; any fashion lover can see daring looks with the power of Instagram, Youtube or Lookbook. Magical moments are not only happening inside those billowing runway tents at Fashion Week, the fashion action is outside! Look no further than street style mavens, Chiara Ferragni, Aimee Song, Leandra Medine and my personal favorite, Miranda Kerr.
The It Girl of Street Style
Italian blogger, Chiara Ferragni’s blog, The Blonde Salad, embodies the world of a street style star. She travels to magnificent countries, she’s photographed outside of restaurants, fashion events, pretty much everywhere you can think of and her 3.1 million followers on Instagram speaks for itself. Oh and she also created her own shoe line, which according to stylecaster.com is projected to make her $8 MILLION, yes that’s with an illion on the end, and it’s not even sold in the states yet! Beyoncé would be proud.
Street Style’s Official Rule Breaker
On the other hand native New York City blogger, Leandra Medine’s blog, Man Repeller, is against everything that is in the How Girls Should Dress to Get A Man Handbook (do not search Amazon for this book, as I just made up that truly original title). She literally repels what most women think fashion should be, I mean her one blog post is called, “Why I Wear Bad Pants?” what’s not to love!? I appreciate her so much for wearing what the hell she wants and not to impress that guy at the bar, at the stadium, or in class. Another high-five for this girl running the world, I feel like a Beyoncé GIF would really be appropriate here, but I’ll refrain.
A NY View of the Styling Streets
But nothing is like experiencing street style first hand. Recent Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) graduate, Erica Eaton, 23, who lived in the up-and-coming street style beacon, Brooklyn, New York, for the duration of her time at school talks about the wonders of being able to walk to class and watch living art walk by. “I love that you can dress however you want and express yourself and your style without having to worry about criticism. In New York, you can comfortably be you.”
A Fashion Photographer’s Insight
Danny Lang, who majors in Packaging Design at F.I.T and also works as a fashion photographer for his own company, Danny Lang’s Photography, and models at ADAM Models, lives and breathes New York’s fashion culture. He talks about what he experiences as a photographer in the city, “As a photographer, street style can spark a storyline for a shoot or can just open your eyes to what is trending. One of my favorite things is to see how a model shows up to a shoot and what they are wearing. ” He also talks about what makes New York different from the other major fashion capitals, “NYC is such a melting pot. You see so many different cultures come alive and people either decide to blend in with current trends or break free and wear what makes them happy. ”
This Is Where The Streets Become Art
Click on the cities for links to famous street style blogs, enjoy!