Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Guide To Streetwear Fashion

I think this article deserves a little bit of an introduction, taking in consideration it's been months since our last article. We've all been pretty busy with our lives and unfortunately in the midst of our own projects and troubles we kind of lost the motivation to write in here. However, following a meeting we had last month regarding this blog's future and our goal as a group, we decided we didn't want to give up this blog just yet. So boosting our spirits up, we decided to start writing again!

I'm very grateful for the anon that sent us a request to make a guide on streetwear fashion, and with that subject I'm breaking the hiatus officially!

To start on the topic of streetwear I should say that I get most of my inspiration from South Korea. While not everyone is a fan of Korean music, it's undeniable that the country's a leader in fashion, and although the popular styles are less flashy and crazy than what Japan's famous for, it's no less interesting. I get inspired a lot from occidental hip hop fashion too, especially aesthetics from 90's and 2000's.

This guide was built based on the different inspirations and main points I use to achieve my own looks. Of course if you think you're comfortable enough with the style, you can play around and overlook certain elements while mixing in your own!

Now let's get started~!

Construction of the style::

Streetwear is in my opinion far easier to understand than most substyles I'm accustomed to. The silhouette doesn't change much and there's usually less layering than complex styles like Pop kei and Cult Party.
The basic and most common elements of the style go as follows:

Hats: Either snapbacks, fitted caps, or beanies. 5 paneled caps and bucket hats are other popular alternative, even if they're less of a personal favorite.

Oversized everything: I like to wear really oversized tops, so i usually go for L or XL men's size. It helps accentuate the legs and makes them look thinner. Of course baggy pants work too, but what I think looks best is having a large/tight contrast, so wear something like a sports top or a tank top with them! Another option you can try is layering baggy shorts with leggings. They're sometimes a little harder to pull off depending on your body type, but don't hesitate to try it out!

Sports style socks: Mid-calf socks with stripes at the hem, or just cool designs like a repeated pattern or the brand's logo work too. The most common are the black socks with 2 or 3 white stripes.

Sneakers: They really accentuate the sporty look of the whole outfit. Be careful to not chose them too low or your legs will look shorter than they actually are. Hightops and platforms are always a safe bet and will most certainly lengthen your legs! I suggest to look at famous names like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and FILA. While they make mostly generic models, special and more fashion oriented collections like Adidas' Originals by Jeremy Scott, FILA's Ewings and Nike's Jordans are generally super interesting with creative designs.

Chunky jewelry: Big chunky gold chain necklaces, rings and bracelets went back in style with the return of the 90's trends. They're pretty easy to find at affordable prices in most mainstream accessories stores recently and of course in thrift stores.

About color combos, I usually like either all black & white, all over matching pattern, or colorful combos like in pop kei, but that's up to you guys! I've also wanted to make a pastel coord for some time but didn't get to try it out yet.

Where to get inspiration::

As stated earlier, I get most of my inspiration from Korean celebrities. While not necessarily having to listen to their music, you can always browse Kpop fashion blogs or look at airport fashion! For those who're unfamiliar with it, I suggest looking up celebrities like G-Dragon, SHINee's Key, Block B's Zico and the girl group Global Icon. Bangtan's stage looks are also really on point.
Other than that, looking at street snaps and at people on the streets where you live is an easy way to gain ideas since streetwear is worn almost everywhere around the globe!
For girl inspirations, the Uehara twins and the Hong Kong fashion icon Ruby Gloom are good exemples!

For extra exemples, here are some other looks I came up with:

Where to shop::

You can literally shop almost everywhere for this kind of look. Thrift stores, local streetwear stores, sport stores. Don't be afraid to check out the Men's section when shopping, it's usually the best place to find large tops and designs that work well with this style. Don't be bothered by genre (never be) !!
There's also an infinite number of online retailers and brands available from which I made a brief selection:


(CAN) 19Cartel: An emerging indie brand from my hometown.
(JPN) Ambush: Japanese accessory brand.
(USA) Blvck Scvle: A little bit on the darker side.
(USA) Crooks n Castles: A must.
(UK) Dope Chef: Unique designer sports wear.
(USA) Dope Couture: Simple and basic.
(USA) HUF: Simple but fun.
(USA) Joyrich: Eccentric and crazy.
(USA) King Ice: Hip hop accessory store.
(UK) KTZ: Amazing high fashion.
(KOR) Nasty Palm: Korean must.
(USA-Int.) New Era: The all-time cap provider.
(USA) Odd Future: Tyler, the Creator's brand, weird and fun.
(KOR) Sakun: Cute sports wear.
(USA) Ssur: Slowly becoming a must, the original creator of the Comme des F*ckdown design.
(USA) STAMPD: Detailed and high quality.
(USA) Stüssy: Another must.
(USA) Supreme: Streetwear big name for years.


(USA) Moose Limited
(USA) Karmaloop
(CAN) Ssense
(CAN) VFiles
(USA) RSVPGallery
(USA) PickYourShoes
(KOR) Hiphoper
(KOR) Musinsa
(KOR) Kwin Concept Shop
(JPN) Fake Tokyo

You can start out with that, but there are hundreds of brands and possible retailers to choose from, so be curious and research a little bit! Being interested in high fashion is a good thing too!
That's about it for this time, if you have questions don't hesitate to send a message to our tumblr or comment bellow!

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