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A Beginner's Guide To Streetwear

It's time to embrace the trend.

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With the influence of skate brands like Supreme and alternative street cultures, from London’s Grime scene to Japan’s Hypebeasts, and, of course, the rise of Vetements, streetwear was born. 

Streetwear is the ever-evolving, slow-burning mix of fashion and culture from around the world. It teeters between sporty and stylish, it’s a distinct style but it’s hard to explain. It’s not athleisure. Where athleisure could be summed up as the result of dressing for both brunch and the gym, streetwear is a little more complex. 

Rebellious details, like thigh-high boots and corset detailing, are layered in with oversized basics, like hoodies and tees. Any sneaker you see on a streetwear pro has been meticulously cleaned, and never strutted at anything more than a walking pace. 

It’s all about blending themes and references to create a look that’s personal and stylish, effortless and cool. Look out for black letter slogans and throwback motifs, and make sure that anything that errs on sportswear is deeply impractical (read: satin trackpants). 

This style has been making its way into the mainstream for months now, and if you haven’t embraced your street side yet, here’s our beginner’s guide to streetwear to ease you into it.

The hoodie is a streetwear staple, and the easiest way to approach the style. Slip a zip-up hoodie under a denim or leather jacket and work it into a regular, casual look. A major bonus is that, if you leave your hoodie open, you’ll barely notice its presence – if you’re feeling more adventurous, try a hooded pullover. 
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Glamour x Layne Bryant Zip-Up Hoodie - $50
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Eloquii Classic Moto Jacket - $140
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Mango Mom-fit Desi Jeans - $80
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Vagabond Olivia Leather Boot - $175
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Another baby step you can take is a graphic t-shirt. It’s all about the attitude with this look: be sure to avoid cutesy slogans and designs. Gothic black letter and wild, illustrated imagery will see you well (think more three wolf moon, less Sailor Moon). To blend it into your as-yet not-street look, keep the surface design on the rest of your outfit to a minimal, letting the tee become a statement piece. 
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PrettyLittleThing Boys Slogan Scool Back Black Thong Bodysuit - $10.50
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Zara Frayed Denim Skirt - $36
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Front Row Shop Grey Oversize Mohair Cardigan - $104
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Jeffrey Campbell Cienega Over-The-Knee Boot - $190
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No streetwear closet is complete without a go-faster stripe. Whether you choose to wear yours on pants, tees or outerwear, be sure to off-set it with sharp styling otherwise you rick looking like a gym teacher from the ‘80s. Here, we’ve paired some swish sweat pants with a no-nonsense boxy blazer and a pair of slingbacks that you wouldn't be able to run in if you tried. 
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Pixie Market Silver Side Stripe Sweat Pants - $56
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Zara Double Breasted Jacket With Pearl Buttons - $149
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Topshop Juicy V-Cut Mules - $100
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ASOS Metallic Clutch Bag With Metal Bar - $23
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Surely everyone is up on the sneaker trend by now? Use yours to their full advantage by swapping them in to outfits that you’d usually pair with a brogue or an ankle boot. It will earn you instant street cred. 
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Nike Air Force 1 - $90
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Mango Knot Detail Sweater - $60
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Topshop Pinspot Cropped Wide Leg Trousers - $68
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Shania Glitter Tote Bag - $29
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Now you’ve tried out all the separate components, rock them all at once and make sure you get your photographer pal to take loads of well-lit shots of you for your lifestyle Instagram account. 
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Glamour x Layne Bryant Zip-Up Hoodie - $50
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PrettyLittleThing Boys Slogan Scool Back Black Thong Bodysuit - $10.50
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Pixie Market Silver Side Stripe Sweat Pants - $56
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Nike Air Force 1 - $90
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