Street fashion has been known to have emerged from the grassroots and not from studios or runways. In simplest term, it was developed by ordinary people. However the concept of this fashion style is not commemorated until the late ‘70’s, when a rising star in the photography industry Bill Cunningham made a compilation of photographs by famous celebrities in the streets and published it in The New York Times. Today, the influence of street fashion are becoming very conspicuous, thanks to the popularity spread by the street photographers and fashion bloggers — in fact it became very evident in the fashion capitals during the fashion weeks of New York, Milan and Paris. This article explores the glamour of street style fashion and provides style guides for men to learn from, which may aid them to on their adventure to being stylish. It will not only enlighten their ideas in street fashion but will also heightened their appreciation on how fashion trends transcend not only in studios, runways and magazines but also in the mainstreams of their own cities.
The classic refinement and composure of the white tops and bottom wears have dramatically standout not only during the recently concluded Milan Fashion Week but also in numerous blog posts by well-known bloggers. Wearing whites for either top or bottom and even overall is an absolute trendy in street style fashion as they recreate a classic Riviera sophistication combined with an urbane twist. They often look best when paired with chinos, shorts, denim and loafers.
The Shorts and Coats
Shorts and Coats have not only modified the concept of street style fashion but also redefined the idea of the classical coat and tie look. In most fashion capitals worldwide, many men are hanging out in a casual shorts and coats look — a mere reflection that fashion does change swiftly in an unconventional manner. As for the style guide, shorts may vary from denim, printed, and autumn-coloured. While on the other hand the trendiest coats for this year are navy, grey, olive, stripes, neutral and shearling.
The nautical fashion trend has a surprising come back in 2015. The anchor prints, stripes and seafaring look created a huge impact in men’s street style fashion as more stylish lads embraced the idea with open arms —not to mention becoming an inspiration for the fourth of July Shark Week celebration. The look is best worn casually and in daylight, it’s not recommended for evenings and parties unless it is the event’s theme.
The Floral Prints
Floral prints become an integral part of the modern men’s wardrobe and have been increasingly gaining popularity in street style fashion. In fact was featured as a rising trend-styles in spring/summer collection of 2015. As for the style guide for daytime parties, it looks best when teamed with chinos and sandals while for evening engagement it is appropriate to wear printed ankle-grazing floral trousers paired with short-sleeves shirts and loafers.
Jackets are always popular in all sorts of fashion subcultures, and most especially in street style fashion. The inspiration jackets provide in the contemporary men’s style concept is unfathomable. This year the trendiest street style jackets are denim, quilted, bomber and the immutable leather jackets. They often go well with all sort of styles and serve as a great accessory for a rugged-untamed look, contrary to the classic business casual.
The Sockless Look
This look is another innovation on the fashion style that continues to defy the idea of the classic refinement. However, the sockless look has gained a massive popularity even with style icons and celebrities. This type of style is best worn casually, business and even formal depending on the event — as more men are trying to challenge the concept of formal attire in a conventional manner.
The Layered Look
Layering has become trans-seasonal as the temperature rises or drops in various parts of the world— the trends for layering also changes and varies. Most common layering styles are the cinch (cinching outfits at the waste), texturing (wearing thicker fabrics of heavy materials to create a polished and defined look), and lastly the camel (combining neutral and earthy tones and spiced with a bright pop-up colour).
Looking for the right bag that fit one’s personality and a work need all together is such a great dilemma for men. But in street style fashion wearing a bag is an essential factor to create an overall stylish look. The suggested bags that are popular this year are totes and backpacks, as they are often seen worn by style icons, fashion bloggers and celebrities.
The Pavement-Pounding Shoes
Shoes will never be out-dated in fashion but one style have caught the spotlight and has been talked about in the social media recently —the pavement-pounding. These are shoes with the statement to be noticed. They deviate from the typical trainers, as they are often made and adorned by bold colours and apart from that they have been proven to be feet-healthy through scientific research. As for the style guidance, it is suggested to choose the shoes based on the statement you wish to portray as you wear them.
The Coloured Lens Sunglasses
Coloured lens sunglasses are timeless accessories for men. They may only change in frame designs but coloured lenses have always existed since the ‘70s. In the modern age, men have limited ways to adorn oneself compared to women —having sunglasses will take him into the next level in the style world. The suggested lenses colours for this year are bluish and orange lenses, a bolder choice than the typical black and brown.
The spring of the adornment of men’s street fashion style though using of hats channel the vintage traditional elegance of the ‘80s. They came in various styles but most preferable for this year are the sun and brimmed hats — they add class to the overall look.
The Scarves and Blanket-Sized Wraps
Another transition in the street style fashion is the emergence of scarves and blanket-sized wraps, as they are no longer a part of the layer statement in fashion but they are its own a fashion statement. Whether you prefer wearing thin or thick scarves you will surely express your message to your audience. Most popular scarves this year are chunky knits and blanket scarves —the bigger the better.