STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Hip-Hop Inspired Street Style

Style Advice of the Week

Street style is defined as “any offbeat or avant-garde fashion inspired by contemporary culture of urban street people,” which can include a plethora of different looks. In the streets of New York City, for example, you will find preppy, grunge, boho and many more styles at any given time. However, street style, as depicted by this Fashionista, is hip-hop inspired. Hip-hop is literally in this outfit’s foundation, considering that her center-most layer is a graphic tank with a sketched picture of Kanye West’s face on it. If this shirt could talk, it would say “Hold up, Ima let you finish, but this Fashionista has the best street style of all time.”

This Fashionista’s style has a menswear inspired, urban grunge kind of feel. Perfect, one imagines, for making the transition from a day dancing hip-hop in the studio to a night out on the streets. On top of her Kanye tank, she threw on a classic red and black flannel and then a varsity-inspired bomber jacket to shield her from the elements. Her legs rocked a pair of waxy skinny jeans tucked into chunky, black, work boot-inspired kicks. She kept her jewelry low key and simple, as is appropriate when paired with straight hair, for a polished but realistically comfortable class-day ensemble.

While her individual sense of style shines in this outfit, anybody can recreate the look with their own personal flair still in tact. With a graphic T-shirt as your base, you can make a variety of statements. There are versions of this item with celebrities faces, animals, quotes and anything else you can imagine plastered on them. They also can be found in any color under the sun, or black and white, with embellishment or not. Find one that suits you and you’ll be able to wear it anytime. Whether buried under layers of additional pieces that define your personal style or standing alone, the graphic T-shirt will make a statement.

These days, patterns seem to look better when worn together. Throw a plaid flannel (which can be found around every corner at the mall) on top of your first layer, in order to give off vibes that scream that you didn’t try too hard at all, the style just comes naturally for you. Last, but perhaps most importantly, is the bomber jacket, which ties this Fashionista’s entire look together, as its most heavily menswear-inspired item.

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