Street Style of the Chicagoan

Street-Wear: a distinctive style of street fashion. Rooted in West Coast Surf and skate culture, it has grown to encompass elements of hip-hop, Japanese street style, and modern Haute Couture fashion.

Street Style has always been a part of fashion in more ways than one. The best type of street wear is altered straight off the runway. The real runway show is on the street itself and crucial to any fashion designer. Today’s trends, fashion styles, and celebrities owe a lot of credit to Bill Cunningham. Bill puts people on the map, he captures raw and true ‘express yourself’ fashion that magazines and runway shows don’t capture. He catches people at their worse and their best. He is one of the founders of the term street-wear. Even traditional luxury brands like Chanel, Givenchy and Balenciaga have incorporated some street wear pieces into their offerings.

Every month I will report on what people are wearing on the streets of Chicago. This will be the first of the monthly street wear postings.  Chicago brings the East, West, North and South together. As the weather warms up fashion becomes the center of attention. Last Saturday I took to the streets starting in Wicker Park, the Loop, and Gold Coast and found some truly amazing outfits. We asked them if they could describe their style in 3 or more words what would it be? And this is what we found:

9.Kate

Kate

If you could describe your style in 3 words or more what would it be?

“I would have to say comfortable, and casual. I always like to wear the most comfortable outfit to run around the city in, but I like to add a little sophisticated touch…like this leather jacket!”

 

10.Jun

June

If you could describe your style in 3 words or more what would it be?

“I would have to say Artsy , Free, and Tom boyish I don’t really have a certain taste when it comes to  style, but this shirt I’m wearing right now is a mans t-shirt so I tend to have a boyish vibe.”

14.Angela

Angela

If you could describe your style in 3 words or more what would it be?

“You stopped me on a fun day – I graduated from grad school this morning! The gown I wore covered my entire outfit, so I wanted to make sure you could see my fun shoes to express my personality. I think as I’ve gotten older, I’ve incorporated more classic pieces. I love blacks and whites and a good collared shirt with a statement necklace. Yeah… I would say that my style is girly classic.”

12.Kim-3

Kim

If you could describe your style in 3 words or more what would it be?

“I always like to stay ahead of the trends, by reading Vogue and Elle. I would have to say my style is a mix of Vintage chic with a modern twist. I go for the cut and fabric of the clothing more than colors. “

 

13.Gina-4

Gina (@ChicagoCibo)

If you could describe your style in 3 words or more what would it be?

“If I had to sum up my style, I’d say it was girly meets hipster – if I’m going to wear a chambray button down, I would pair it with a headband and heels. The clash of extremes allows for conversation.”

15.Camille-perfect

Camille

If you could describe your style in 3 words or more what would it be?

Unplanned, I never like to plan my outfits ahead of time. Waking up and picking out an ensemble for how I feel that day, makes me feel the best in any outfit. I would say easy-going but with an edgy flare. 

 

Photography courtesy of Chloe Robles and Brent DesArmo

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