Savvy Street Style in 5 Metropolitan Cities
While most fashionistas take their cue from the latest runway season, it goes without saying that each city adopts and finesses those styles to a certain degree. After all, you’re not going to find spring scarves and lots of layers in a sultry city like Miami or Los Angeles where skin is in and sweat is avoided at all costs. And in an ultra posh city such as Milan or Paris, you’ll be hard pressed to find the ultra casual frocks donned in laid back boroughs such as Houston or Seattle.
Clearly, every town has its own fashion senses. Naturally, these senses are based on the local climate and character of said city, but there’s also a certain style vibe evoked by the town’s residents.
For fun, the Stylish City has conducted a mini investigation into the real live stylish cities around the world.
Parisians are stereotyped for their regal dispositions and matching ensembles, but, like other major metropolitan cities, fashion-savvy Parisians aren’t afraid to experiment with kooky textures, prints and colors. In fact, Paris street style du jour is all about unexpected layering. Think a bright orange scarf over a leather jacket over a vintage floral blouse paired with pink, ’60s mod sunglasses; or flashy yellow leggings paired with a black gossamer cape, biker jacket and hood that covers corkscrew ringlets. Clearly, many Parisians ascribe to the anti-axiom: more is more.
I alluded to Miami in the introduction of this story by saying that skin is in. I wasn’t lying. Summery frocks (both with and without straps), colorful cotton shorts and skirts, peek-a-boo midriffs, flirty floral wedges, tropical print blouses and a pair of sunglasses for everyday of the week are considered wardrobe necessities when bouncing around this beachy town.
Anyone who’s walked the streets of Tokyo (myself included), knows that fashion forward Japanese women love to experiment with textures, colors and patterns. Tokyo street styles often equals layer after layer — layered with more layers, of course — bright pops of color, kitschy shoes and accessories, and quirky hair that isn’t afraid to go there.
As is expected, stylish women in Milan sport polished, well-thought out ensembles that are nothing short of vogue. We’re talking crisp colors, perfect coiffures, and sophisticated prints wrapped up in a posh-meets-femme package.
The big apple serves as home to some of the world’s most eclectic personalities, so expecting anything less than multifarious street style is just plain wrong. This spring, New York City street style is as diverse as ever. Current trends, though, include ultra bright pops of color via both pants and tops (a nod to the retro, colortastic ’80s), mixed patterns, Mad Men mod-meets-modern mod duds, and a sort of classy grunge that seems oxymoronic, but totally works.
By Wendy Rose Gould
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