Street style is a look before main stream
When you are a regular reader of High Latitude Style, you know that my favorite parts of fashion weeks are the photos showing the styles of models off stage, and visiting fashionistas on the roads of downtown Milan, Paris, London, New York, Berlin, … – you name it.
I love the absolute courage to unconventional, the creativity, paired with the commitment to look effortlessly chic and stylish. You know the “Je ne sais quoi” of a great French look where you can point your finger at what makes a look so cool. I love the uniqueness of personal style.
Models with iconic personal style
One of my favorite models is Kate Moss. She is the face of British fashion since she was discovered as a 14 year old teenager. I admire her always right to the point mix of feminine, edgy and effortless style. She never sticks to one particular style. Key pieces are pointy toe high heels, faux fur, bare legs, leather, masculine tailoring, and animal prints.
How great does Heide Klum look in a floral straight skirt, and a striped top? Or my absolute favorite, in a Michael Kors leather trench coat? In a tuxedo suit and strappy sandals? I love her unconventional messy updo.
Claudia Fischer’s stripped top with flare jeans are a street style classic.
These models get it right. They have worn so many clothes, they learned what looks best on them, and consequently wear it when they dress themselves. This means when they are off stage.
The unknown fashionistas
But what about all those unknown fashionistas at fashion weeks who are caught and photographed looking good? Those who turn the head of photographers and end up all over Pinterest, and social media?
Their secret is knowing their personal style and sticking to it. No they are not born with a style gene. They learned how to have style by identifying their best look like the models did.
What’s the difference?
Like the models, they learned it from wearing different clothes. In contrast to the model, these women identified what’s best for them with less clothes. They may understand the arts of the golden rule, have a great eye for proportions, and they listen and observe. Sounds a lot of work, right? The good news is that it means everybody can learn to have style and look their best ever. Even better, you can learn it at any age. Thus, it’s not too late.
The pitfall of street chic
Of course, like always when learning is involved, it means efforts. Guess what? To look effortlessly chic, you have to put in effort. #stylesecret Click To Tweet
How to get street chic in midlife?
First, figure out your personal style. Don’t know your primary personal style? Find out using this free online style finder. The combination of your primary and secondary style make up your personal style. Add your signature piece. Accessorize with contemporary pieces that you collected over the years plus current It items.
You build your entire look around some key pieces, e.g. biker jacket, graphic Tees, cool pants, denim jacket, sequin skirt/top. The key pieces, of course, depend on your personal style. If your style is romantic, key pieces are lace dresses, floral dress, shirts and skirts, pieces with ruffles, you get the idea.
A way to get the look is to try everything with everything. Then go for the combinations that looks the best wrong.
Fit is key
When you wear unconventional combinations, colors or pair pieces in an unexpected way – street style – it is important that all your pieces fit well. It’s a balance between looking effortlessly street chic and like you dressed in the dark.
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Top of the World Style linkup
Welcome to the 158th Top of the World Style linkup party.
Top of the World Style awards
This week’s featured bloggers from last week’s Top of the World Style party are Laura, Ada and Claudia.
Claudia Lasetzki, the blogger at Claudias Welt, also known by her name, became Top of the World Readers’ Fav, as you clicked her post the most. Vertical stripes are so slimming, and she did them in both her pants and blazer. Then she also went for an eternal classic of black and white. A perfect look for work. She lives in Germany and comes from Brasil. If you can read German, you can learn a lot about her home country on her blog. When you are already a long-term reader of my blog you may remember her being featured on High Latitude Style before in my post about the differences in dressing among a person’s home country and adopted home country.
Ada became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. She is the style blogger at Elegance and Mommyhood. She sported her Victoria Beckham for target lily dress. So chic. I love her idea to style it with black tight. Then it doesn’t look so short at all. Great styling.
Laura won the Top of the World Style feature as her entry number was drawn by the random generator. She is the lifestyle blogger at I Do Declaire. She says about herself that she is an on-the-go mommy striving to make the most out of her budget, closet, and life in general. She is a speech therapist and loves reading, traveling, and baking. She was one of the first bloggers who had me as a co-host of her linkup party. She believes that fashion doesn’t have to be time consuming, expensive, or uncomfortable; it’s all about finding what you love and what you feel best in.
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