The Secret of Street Style

Ok, so I have a secret… well, I have a lot of them… but this one will be useful to you.  The secret of street style and how it will change your outlook on getting dressed morning, noon, or night.

Street style is SO important to anyone that wants to have a new and continuously fresh look on fashion and their wardrobe.  Often we look at magazines or runways to be our source of inspiration for our everyday clothing… and that can be good… but to be honest, sometimes I find that more frustrating than not.  Think about it, you’re rummaging through a magazine or looking at pictures from the runway, and they are so overdone and extravagant you don’t know where to begin.  You don’t understand it, you put the magazine away, and think to yourself “looks like I’m just going to go back to what I was wearing before.”  I get it, I understand it, I even feel it.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MAGAZINES!  I think of them as art.  The styling is phenomenal but just unrealistic for everyday life at the office or going to dinner at that casual restaurant with a friend.

That is why STREET fashion is so important.  Look around you, become aware of your surroundings and the people who live in it.  When you see someone wearing something that you like, try to dissect it and understand why you like it so much: is it the colors?  Is it the silhouette?  Is it the way she accessorized? the layers? or mixed the patterns?  … Find out why you like it so much and you will understand your style much more and shopping will become that much easier.

Think about it, if you saw someone who had amazing style, and instead of just thinking “Wow! She has amazing style” but really broke it down, looking into why she has amazing style (example: Wow!  She really accessorized that outfit well. The color of her clutch really pops against that outfit she is wearing. And I like that stack of chunky bangles on her arm!)  THEN, when you go shopping or you’re trying to put an outfit together you will think,”Hmmmm… Maybe I should carry a bright red clutch with my all gray outfit…. Hmmmm…. Maybe I’ll add on a stack of chunky bangels…” and there you go!!  You are able to wear it because you have already seen it, you can picture it.  That is half the battle in dressing, most of the time you are afraid to wear it because you can’t visualize it, and therefore you don’t know if it looks good.

Start taking notes and put them in your memory bank.  So the next time you are staring at your closet, not knowing what to wear, you can reach far back into that memory and find an outfit you didn’t know you had the guts to wear!  Soon YOU’LL be the one that people are looking at and saying, ” Wow! She has amazing style!!”

A Little Love From the Street, Casey Lum

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