This week’s STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK is all about revolution in several senses: the literal motion of bicycle wheels, the forward motion we make when riding said vehicle and innovation. No matter what the definition, revolution involves constant motion usually implying forward direction. While fashion trends constantly move forward, it is also plainly evident that many tend to repeat themselves or at least borrow elements from their past counterparts. This week’s Fashionisto perfectly displays a revolutionary look through his juxtaposition and alteration of retrospective elements to fit modern trends and situations.
Having now spent two months in New York City, I have seen a myriad of different trends all worn differently by thousands of people in thousands of different situations. This particular Fashionisto caught my eye because of his particular take on some of the trends I have seen thus far.
Even before breaking down each element of his outfit, you’ll notice that his setting is, in fact, a bustling major metropolitan street. Yet, his ensemble both alludes to light minimalism for the summer heat and to the wear and tear constantly caused by city streets. Our Fashionisto is, in fact, revolutionary: with his greatest accessory—his bike—he can manage to travel anywhere from uptown to downtown to the faraway beaches. His outfit reflects his constant mobility, making him more versatile than the other passers-by wearing work attire.
Looking closely at his outfit, you will see that our Fashionisto is also revolutionary in the particular style of each of his elements. He is wearing vintage clothing almost completely from head to toe, yet his outfit also makes a point of following several very modern male trends. The first is one that I mentioned in a previous post and one that also facilitates the airiness and versatility of his look: short shorts. While the cut of the shorts alone is attention-grabbing, the color pattern from the 1970s creates an androgynous look that can be worn anywhere from the beach, like these more modern Jimmy’z shorts, and also make a very fashion-forward statement by either gender in a modern city. Another trending summer unisex item is the loose-fitting tank. While most are designed to look distressed, this Fashionisto found a vintage shirt with a design like this one and cut it himself for a cost-efficient and unique take on a popular item. Finally, he completes his ensemble with lace-up boots perfect for all settings, weather changes and clothing combinations. Like his boots, his helmet is also modern. Yet, both items perfectly integrate with his vintage pieces because of his overall timeless fashion outlook (and his perfect color-coordination).
Both Fashionistos and Fashionistas can take inspiration from our hero this week. The most trendy looks seen on the runway or in the ritziest neighborhoods can also be adopted in a cost-efficient way; all it takes is a little extra digging! Thrift stores hold the most unexpected treasures and these one-of-a-kind repurposed items will surely make anyone stand out from the crowd.