4 things street style taught me

4 Things That Street Style Taught Me | LFW

Time to play catch up on our street style lessons. Today in class: LFW

1: When in doubt, fringe it out. The more dramatic the better; think bold colour choices and longer lengths. Your end goal is showstopper not western cowboy.

2: Join the cableknit crew. The classic fisherman sweater is making its way through the core four and I'm not mad about it. Update the knitwear with denim shorts and a leather jacket to avoid literal fisherman styling. 

3: Don't roll up the sleeves. Sleeves are looking longer and longer for the upcoming seasons. Uncuff the cuffs and don't be afraid to get them a little dirty. 

4: Dress over trousers for the win. Get the best of both world with this snazzy little combination. 

(shot by Phil Oh for Vogue)


4 Things Street Style Taught Me | NYFW

One of the series that happens around here is what I like to call street style school or the title you read above. Through the eyes of my favorite street style photographer, Tommy Ton, we bounce from New York, all the way to Pareeee, learning key lessons in life...erm something like that. And what better way to polish up our sartorial academia than starting with NYFW?

Let us commence class. 

Lesson 1: Pull a button down switcharoo

Camille  shows how a different take on the classic button down can turn sexy in a matter of seconds with the help of a higher knot around the waist. To avoid looking schoolgirl turned bad, don't pull a Britney Spears and pair with a short skirt. Instead, denim does the trick. Another way to style this season's staple? Literally turn the top around (don't look at me like that!) I've down this with countless cardigans and I can guarantee (with my clairvoyant ways) that you'll be seeing this look on a screen soon.

Lesson 2: Barbie Pink

Back in the good ole days of 2006, I loved pink more than High School Musical. Then, it took a sad, sad, turn... adios pinko. Well, you see, that love has returned in the form of baby pink. It isn't for the pink ladies anymore or just the girlie girls. Take note above.

Lesson 3: Burnt Sienna

Confession time....Before, I learnt what this color was actually called, I'd refer to it as "a pumpkin that is darker than a orange, but not like ugly". Descriptive, no? For someone who tends to wear tons of neutrals, the return of burnt sienna is music to my ears. Either make it dramatic with a high neck top a la street style or wear it like a normal person. Whatever floats your boat.

Lesson 4: Ruffles Catch the Eye

What I always find fascinating season after season, is that fact that people dress to be photographed. Let us reminisce on the days when everyone wore black to the shows. Now? It's a circus for fashion. If you'd care to be snapped by Tommy and the gang, ruffles and movement and  anything that screams look at me does the trick. Don't take this for me hating on ruffles.... Reformation turned me back onto them after coming out with those chic-beyond- words two piece sets (worn above)


*All photos by Tommy Ton.


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4 Things Street Style Taught Me | PFW

ph. by Tommy Ton for style.com

To close up the month of fashion, the door closed in Paris. Stay tuned for a better late than never roundup of the best of PFW. Till September, (fashion) school is out.

1: The over sized denim jacket is your new bestie. When paired with flares in a similar wash, your 70s to 90s crossover game is sharp. 

2: To add shape to any coat,  utilize your belt or for those who are innovative, ribbon works just as well. 

3: Headscarves aren't just for the beach or windy days cruising on the PCH. 

4: Take note from one of the most stylish of them all, a cape plus a jacket sans sleeves guarantees maximum everything. 

4 Things Street Style Taught Me | LFW

ph. by Tommy Ton for style.com

After a frozen tundra met fashion, or mainly known as New York Fashion Week, next on the list is London. I never like to play favorites, but I've always been fond of LFW- let's face it, those brits now how to dress and the shows? Always different and unique, a concept the industry often lacks of.

Yet, some of the magic happens of the runway. Once again, round two of street style school.

From the archives...

past street style lessons

1: Weather permitting, skip the jacket. A borrowed from the boys sweater and thick scarf work double time in your wardrobe when you're just not feeling a jacket. 

2: Forget normcore, playful is cool again. Quirky embellishments take a basic navy top coat to another level. 

3: A personal favorite of mine from on the blog a few weeks ago. The 70s show is still going strong with suede, and this season's best detail... lace-up. 

4: Lastly, remember two key things displayed by Camille and Pernille. Smile once in a while. And the rain stops for no one. No one. 

4 Things Street Style Taught Me | NYFW

ph. by

Tommy Ton for style.com

Time for the 2nd bi-annual street style lessons that fashion month graces upon us. As record freezing temperatures struck New York as the fashion scene was in full swing, it called for creative layeringamongst both the attendees and more skillful than creative layering, by the photographers. And may I add, those photogs are the real winners as wind chills dip below zero, and the city streets turn into ice rinks. Like last time, here is Tommy Ton's incredible photography explaining four important lessons one can only learn through prime street style.

1: Textures are the best way to look camera ready in sub zero weather. A fur trimmed hood mixed with mesh? Well, d-uh. The secret? Tights and thermals. 

2: The opposite of a texture party? Classics par-tay. They'll never fail you. Boy meets girl sartorial workings won't either. Bonus points for keeping your leather boots spiffy. 

3: All you need in life is a camel coat and a dashing smile as displayed by some favorite frenchies. Caroline's bedhead? That's all up to you. 

4: Thanks to fashion's leading QB, helmets are better than beanies. 

4 Things Street Style Taught Me | PFW

Ph. Tommy Ton for Style.com

My apologies for the delay on the last installment of this season's "street style school", as I've dubbed it. To close it up we jump to Paris, the city of impeccable style and an incredible charade way of life. Tommy Ton captured every French babe in the perfect life from seasoned Madame Alt to the unknown beauties running from show to show.

School's out. See ya in February

1: In a land of luxe leather handbags that cost a pretty Euro, a monogrammed canvas tote- hit up, L.L. Bean- stands out. Plus, it just looks pretty damn cool against endless it bags.

2: She can do no wrong. The original black cat of the fashion world. 

3: Forget plunging necklines and open backs. A mini knit dress and thigh high boots give enough allure to the naked eye. 

4: Back to prep school is the way to go: #niftyknot