How to sculpt your own street style look

First published: 14-11-2014

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Street style has become a hot topic of conversation for fashion bloggers and other trendsetters of late, but what is it and how do you define it? In short, it can best be described as a distinctive fashion style, which allows the wearer to express their individuality, often by blending a range of different looks, colours and cultures. The possibilities are almost endless, making it very easy to customise the look to suit your own unique personality.

Street style can incorporate a range of diverse looks, ranging from hip-hop, to skate culture, haute couture and even some of the most outlandish styles from Japan. The versatility associated with street style means that the look can be adapted for numerous occasions, be it a day out shopping, a bar crawl or even the work place (within reason of course!). Take a look at some of our top tips on how to sculpt your own street style look:

Mix it up


Street style is all about combining a variety of different looks to create something unique. A pair of denim hot pants paired with a smart shirt and oversized cardigan can look great. Complete the look with some colourful tights and your favourite boots.

A smart black suit jacket and trousers can suddenly become less formal when you wear it with a funky t-shirt and pair of trainers - complete the look with your favourite hat. The great thing about this look is that it can be tweaked easily throughout the day with a pair of boots and a shirt if you need to attend a meeting or work in an office with a strict dress code.

Be bold


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Bright and bold colours are currently back in fashion, and there are numerous combos that can make you stand out for all the right reasons. If you try and stick to colours befitting the season, you can't go wrong - summer time is all about bright yellows and pinks, whilst heading through autumn and winter you might want to check out dark reds, blue and orange. If you feel more comfortable wearing darker colours, then stick to it - you can always accessorize with some brightly coloured jewellery or a watch.

Cartoon prints


We're told to put away childish things when we get to a certain age, but where's the fun in that? There are numerous websites and high street fashion retailers selling a whole range of t-shirts and sweaters with your favourite retro cartoon characters emblazoned over them.

This style has long been popular on the streets of Japan, where Manga cartoons and other characters from the western world have been incorporated into clothing for many years. From old classics like Minnie Mouse, to the 80s retro of She-Ra and beyond, you're sure to find an item that brings back feelings of nostalgia.

Time to accessorize


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Your outfit can go from ordinary to extraordinary with a simple, but carefully chosen accessory. A striking bracelet or pair of oversized vintage earrings can be picked up for next to nothing at many stores, or the thriftiest bargain hunters might want to check out the local flea market or charity shop. You'll be amazed at some of the items you can pick up in places like this - it's not unusual to find high end fashion jewellery at a mere fraction of its original cost.

Another way to get noticed and add a splash of colour to your outfit is to invest in a retro watch. This hot pink Casio timepiece is not only striking, but it can sit pretty alongside a whole host of different colours and styles. Adidas do a brilliant range of retro timepieces, with a colour to suit every mood and outfit. This white Santiago with rainbow logo is both cool and cute, with a subtle nod towards hip-hop culture.

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Be yourself


Whilst the possibilities of street style are indeed endless, don't forget to remain true to yourself and wear the clothes you feel comfortable in, otherwise you'll stick out like a sore thumb. There is a fine line between embracing fashion and blending different looks, and becoming a try-hard fashion victim!

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