Understanding Street Style

Cosmopolitan editor Shiona Turini 




Every fashion week in every city there is a cavalcade of photographers both amateur and professional that document the clothing choices of bloggers, stylists, editors, models, buyers and crashers.  With noted sites  such as The Satorialist and Garance Dore, capturing and sometimes making stars out of people whom were once anonymous, I've started to ask, what defines style?


Photo Courtesy of MissInformation.com


If you look at sites dedicated to street style, you will realize that like Hollywood there is a very homogeneous formula to what defines it. One must be very  thin, that is a clear understanding. You will find rarity like no other of  any one with hips or a B-cup. After size, a majority are White, followed by Asian then Black then Latino. Race affects every industry and very superficial  outlook, whether it is modeling or the entertainment industry, you will see a disproportionate amount of Whites in comparison to other ethnic and racial backgrounds. Next up is obvious high end designers, I've never bore witness to a Coach bag being highlighted, or LOFT or Forever 21.  Last, there is a specific definition of style you see in New York, Paris, Milan and London. Within European street style, there is a clean sleek spartan view, even if it it still has a slight twist of absurd say Anna Dello Russo, there is still a look of great grooming. American street style is a mixture of "look at me I put this together just to have their photo taken." to "I woke up like this" and not in a great way, to basic white tee.


Queen of Street Style  Anna Dello Russo, photo courtesy of The Satorialist


Whether it is New York, London, Paris or Milan, the defining aspects of street style are not really open to interpretation, all the sites blend into a mass of the same people, places and things.  It is for the outsider to create a position for themselves if, they even care.


Photo courtesy of Super Selected