To me (and this has been reiterated throughout the years of me blogging), there is nothing more perfect than street style. I get sick of hearing about celebrities who pay stylists so that they can run to the grocery store, especially since living in the NYC area, I see plenty of people who are hungover (or still drunk) and yet look fabulous without the help of a stylist to run to Starbucks or to the diner for some alcohol absorbing pancakes.
The rule to fashion is that there are absolutely no rules - I'm going to post my favorite looks and things that they share, but it will seem contradictory because fashion is SUCH a personal thing. I might love a look and not be able to emulate it at all, and I might be able to pull off something that wouldn't look as great on someone else. Trying to force a trend on yourself (hello, Halston MC Hammer style harem pants that I just sold on Ebay for 1/6 of what I bought them for) is the worst fashion sin you can commit.
If you look awesome in black, make it your signature - Carolina Herrera is known for her ridiculously crisp white button downs. Are they thrilling and in and of themselves? Probably not - but she owns it, and has turned it into her signature look. If you love accessories, ignore Coco Chanel's advice (mon dieu, the blasphemy, I know!) and pile it on. If you think you look like it's too overboard, play around with it. The most important thing is if you love yourself.
With that in mind, here are some of my favorite street style trends.
God, I love an oversized anything - button down, cardigan, jacket. Something about playing with the proportions of something huge and then a great pair of skinny jeans/pants or a fitted skirt make my heart swell a bit (and I have a grinch sized heart, so that's saying a lot).
Paris street style.
Two gorgeous stars from the UK series Skins (my favorite!).
Do oversized sweaters scare you or make you feel overwhelmed? Rock an oversized scarf. Dressing warm for winter is another fashion must - no one likes that person who turned blue because they have hypothermia while walking around the city.
2. Leath-aah Adds Instant Edge
(I say this in the voice like Stella from Project Runway who would always use leath-aah on all her pieces).
She was onto something though - a leather jacket, leather pants, or a leather skirt are totally unsuspected and can elevate a normal outfit from cute to totally badass.
Just as always, don't overdue it so you don't look like a pimp.
3. Play with Color.
I cannot emphasize this enough - don't care if it's with accessories, shirts, pants, or even interior design - pops of color make everything better and keep them looking super polished and fresh.
Try different combinations, see what looks best on your skin tone.
Color block whenever you can.
Paris - of course.
Wooster can do no wrong in my eyes.
4. With that being said... Monochromatic is bold and edgy - and pairing like colors is flawless.
Stick with a basic black.. all the way through your look. Love white? Rock it head to toe. Forget pops of color with this one - wear it head to toe and embrace it. Use makeup for a pick-me-up since you don't want your face to look flat. Pair neutrals together if a full-on single color look scares the shit out of you.
5. Go for the Unconventional - and FULLY embrace it.
This is not a time to be half-assed. If you're a guy and you want to rock a floral blazer, you go - and don't give a shit what anyone says. Want to wear a full-length ballgown? Yeah, you might get stares, but honestly, if you're happy - it doesn't matter. Do these badasses look like they care what anyone thinks? Are they all over Pinterest? Just sayin.
6. Dress up Denim.
Denim is not the enemy - I know many people say they hate jeans and won't wear them, but you can LIVE in jeans and still look polished and lovely. And, as my boy has constantly told me - jeans and a white button down with pumps is one of the hottest things someone can wear (though hopefully he's talking about moi).
7. Max it out.
This is kind of a playoff of #1, but maxi dresses and skirts are EVERYWHERE. Wear them, love them, put your own twist on them. Knot the bottom, use a belt, wear a crop top. Don't worry if you're short or tall - rock them. I promise, you can pull them off.
Your accessories (for males and females) add that extra edge to an outfit. Even something as simple as a mani/pedi color gives a glimpse of you. As a teacher, I have to watch how I dress to work, but you best believe I'm piling on bangles, wearing fun shoes, and playing around with my nail colors. Do what you can and use accessories to play up your outfit or add a different spin.
What are some of the things that you think makes someone exude style? Love or hate any of the ones above?
All these images were taken off various inspiration boards via Pinterest.
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