Stylist’s executive fashion director, Kitty McGee, decodes the major streetwear trends of the season, and how to wear them now…
The influence of streetwear on our wardrobes is more prevalent than ever.
Historically, the catwalk has been the biggest inspiration for trends, with the world’s most recognised designers steering the fashions we would be wearing season on season. But now, thanks in part to the astronomic rise of Instagram, streetwear has become just as important as the catwalk.
What initially began as trainer culture has evolved into a way of dressing – a sartorial expression of personality and style centred around the street.
However, your first foray into streetwear can be a tricky one; done wrong this can just look like a misguided take on athleisure but done right, it will elevate your status to coolest kid on the block.
Let these four trends be the basis of your streetwear wardrobe and you won’t go wrong.
1. The cycling short
The undisputed streetwear hero of the year has got to be a cycling short.
There’s been a huge return to Nineties’ trends on the street this year, from small Matrix-like sunglasses and scrunchies to chunky dad trainers and now the cycling short.
Keep the Nineties’ theme strong in your styling by pairing them with an oversized plaid shirt and contrasting colour crop top. For the ultimate streetwear win, make sure this looks centres around black Converse One Stars and whiter-than-white sports socks.
2. The jumpsuit
Streetwear tends to have a really androgynous feel to it, as the whole aesthetic is a lot less gender specific than what you might see on the catwalk.
A jumpsuit will be key to your streetwear wardrobe this season, but the secret to success with this piece lies in the details.
Opt for a loosely structured jumpsuit with a utility feel to it – dark denim works best with a contrast stitch. Continue the utility trend down to your feet with khaki suede Converse One Star trainers.
3. The polo shirt
Streetwear is born out of sportswear so it’s only natural that the poloshirt plays a part in this season’s hottest streetwear pieces.
Dig out your old PE top and wear it with a tailored skirt for a chic take.
Opt for contrasting fabrics to avoid it looking like actual gym kit and invest in a luxe-looking skirt to offset your top half.
Complete the look by adding in layers of gold necklaces for a feminine element, keeping the overall feeling relaxed with denim washed Converse trainers.
4. Tonal dressing
This season’s trends rely heavily on tonal dressing: a layered look of simple pieces in varying shades of the same colour.
For this to work best, opt for a neutral colour such as brown or beige. This orange cord jacket is perfectly offset by the silk camisole underneath with a tough edge brought in via the orange denim trousers.
Keep the tonal look going all the way down to the footwear by adding in a pair of orange suede One Stars – not forgetting a contrasting pair of socks. If you haven’t guessed, socks are paramount to your streetwear look.
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