Is It Lazy Or Is It Fashion?

With the rise of streetwear as a trend, luxury and celebrity fashion have undoubtedly become more lax. Just look at the difference between the way the Kardashians dressed on Keeping Up in 2014 to today or the fact that what you see on the runway is now inspired by what designer’s are seeing on the street… not the other way around. I can’t help but feel a little cheated to see style influencers in sweatpants, crop tops, and sneakers. It wasn’t that long ago that seeing a paparazzi picture of a celebrity in this exact attire was sort of shameful. Have we stopped trying? Is it lazy? Or is is fashion with a capital “F?”

IRONY.

Why do I low-key want this shoe though? SMH

Let’s take dad/grandpa sneakers for example. You know the kind. The chunky, hideous, grass stained ones that you were embarrassed to be seen next to. BUT, plot twist… now they’re on your feet? Not to mention high-end brands just as Balenciaga are selling them for just under a thousand dollars. What?! Did someone have creative-block and decide “hmmm. Let’s just take something all of us agree is ugly and flip it on its head. We’ll adopt the attire of someone who removes themselves from the fashion conversation and call what they wear stylish and then capitalize off of it.

On the other hand, fashion is supposed to be fun, quirky, and sometimes nonsensical. It’s whatever you make it. Perhaps what we’re seeing is the industry taking themselves less seriously as a way to cope with society’s hard truths.

COMFORT.

Speaking of society, one can’t help but notice the major shifts that have been happening in today’s culture. The vibe is carefree, unbothered, and authentic. Maybe that’s being reflected in the clothing? Comfort should be a prominent component to getting dressed, but I do think you can be casual, comfortable AND stylish. I’m inspired by those in streetwear who try and incorporate subtle detail whether it’s through text placement, proportion, or layering––but I’ve also seen a lot of people stop at sweatpants and a tank top and get rave reviews for their impeccable look. Something doesn’t add up here.

With that being said, It’s kind of nice to have a pass on days when I’m just not feeling it. Although, I often can’t help myself and end up elevating my look just a bit on those days. I guess that’s the stylist in me.

IS THE MAGIC GONE?

Is it really inspirational to wear such basic things? When I used to think of a hoodie and track pants I’d picture a teenaged boy playing video games, unconcerned with style. Now I think of an instagram influencer.

Where did the creativity go?

I am the first to admit I like to be comfortable in what I am wearing. My outfit should be suitable for the weather, able to allow me to get the tasks I need to get done for the day, be non fussy so I can focus on what I should accomplish, etc. WHILE saying who I am or how I feel that day. I believe in Rachel Zoe’s statement “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” So, what are we saying when we’re seeing the same uninspired outfits over and over that are deemed “stylish”? That we just don’t care? That it’s not worth trying to look good?

I am all for “street style” or “street wear” but the key word in these phases is style. Without it you just have street. Style comes through in the way you pair certain elements together. There’s a sense of surprise there. I like to have fun with fashion and put things with others that seem to not belong. Style should be an art form. It should be creative and fun. It should be an extension of self.


So what do you think? Vote in the pole below if you think street wear is lazy or fashion. Also, comment and let me know if you think this is just a fleeting trend, or if we’ve entered into a permanent post-style realm.

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5 Unique Tricks to Elevate Your Outfits (As Inspired by Seoul Fashion Week Street Style)

Seoul, South Korea is quickly becoming a hub for personal style inspiration. This is due to mix of factors including K-Pop coming to the states, their developing economy (wealth), and social media bringing global fashion more in view. I’m sure you’ve heard of New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, but did you know Seoul has a Fashion Week as well? Yup! Their Fall/Winter 2018 show ended March 24th. While the runways are the main attraction, street style (what guests are wearing to the shows) has been given equal attention. Below, I’ve selected my favorites and have pulled out some of the styling tricks you can try with your own wardrobe. Warning: Do try these at home, but just know you will get stares of wonder and awe 💕

1. Don’t Stop At Just One Topper

Image Via High Snobiety

One of the benefits of colder weather is being able to layer. The more you layer, the more you can manipulate your garments and play around with shape and proportion. With that being said, don’t feel limited to just one topper (i.e. blazer, bomber, cardigan, vest). Pick a couple and mix it up! Show off a sliver of a printed blazer by adding an oversized denim jacket on top. Or, fasten a bold colored jacket and pair an opened vest on top (see photo above).

2. Slowly Add In Spring

Image Via W Magazine

While spring technically began on March 20, I think we can all agree it hasn’t quite sprung yet. Have no fear, you can still start to add in your florals and chiffons while maintaining warmth. Not only is the oversized sweatshirt over top the floaty maxi a cool-girl move, it’s practical! For extra points: keep your winter boots on.

3. Go Monochrome

Image Via Harper’s Bazaar

Dressing fully monochrome is not for the shy, but if you’re looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe this may be just the trick. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find yourself with an outfit you’ve never worn before. Something to keep in mind are the accessories you pair it with. The subtle pops of white in the shoes, backpack, and glasses (as shown above), keep the look from appearing sloppy.

4. Borrow Your Grandmother’s Broach

Image Via Harper’s Bazaar

Embellishing your pieces with patches and pins isn’t new, although, arranging an assortment of brooches on a garment hasn’t been done as often. This is where your mother’s or grandmother’s closet comes in handy. You can line your lapels with them, as done above, but don’t feel like you’re stuck in that box. Have fun with the placement– get creative!

5. Off the Shoulder 2.0

Image Via Harper’s Bazaar

We are all familiar with the off-the-shoulder trend that was everywhere last summer. Welp, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon… but there’s an upside. Stand out from the crowd and simulate the idea of the trend, without showing any skin. All you need: two shirts and a belt. Wear the first shirt as normal. With the second, let one sleeve fall off a shoulder, and then button to hold in place (they will be off-center). If you need extra support to keep it all in place, add the belt. Fun, fun.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to incorporating these styling tricks into my outfits starting next week! Which on this list if your fav? Leave a comment below 🙂

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