Getting photographed for street style blogs is steadily creating an entirely new form of celebrity. Ladies of the street, if you will. The pages of Jak & Jil, The Sartorialist, Mr Newton, Stockholm Street Style et al provide ample inspiration for what our mortal selves should strive to look like. No one else will admit this but I’ll go ahead and address a huge elephant in my pants: without the high saturation of street style blogs growing by the day, I likely wouldn’t know what Anna dello Russo even looks like or that she is always exhausting use of outrageous materials, shoulder pads, structured silhouettes and bow adornments.
I should also note that as an avid blog reader, I often recognize in real time the faces that re-appear. Take Denni Elias of Chic Muse. Who was she before Paris Fashion Week? Just a blogger in a top knot. And now? Street style star extraordinaire.
So I beg this question: do you often find yourself standing against brick walls and wondering why the stylish passers by wearing particularly large cameras around their necks don’t stop at the prospect of snapping photos of you?
I have before taken personal offense; after all, I often wear feathers and too many layers of denim. When I can, I incorporate as many materials and fabrics into a single outfit and if I must…I wear two different shoes. Not actually, but I might. It’s a good idea. Think about it. Yeah, me neither. But in any case, should you find yourself in this predicament, I have four words: Up the freak factor.
Behold a photo heavy tutorial that will ensure your ass gets street styled the next time a big fat camera comes into your proximity. And if this doesn’t work…it likely means the big fat camera in your proximity belongs to a tourist taking landscape shots and there’s nothing I can do about that.
dress by Fluet, pumps by Christian Louboutin
Step 1: Put on a quirky belt.
Step 2: Set a trend and then incorporate it into your outfit. I think more people should start layering belts. Its fun, looks cool, and will confuse the shit out of the male species, so I’m going to wear two belts.
Step 3: Layer a chambray button up, buttoned down over the double belted black dress. You should likely wear shoes but you don’t have to, it’s your life.
Step 4: Utility jacket over chambray. Now, you’re wearing fatigue, chambray, silk, and leather and we’re not even done yet! You’re almost there though and fairly R2R.
Step 5: Integrate fur into the equation. Extra points if its printed. Even more points if its leopard. Behold: A leopard print fur vest over utility jacket that is over chambray. This particular vest is by Adrienne Landau and can be found at Intermix.
Step 6: Open toe booties adorned by suede lace and bows. Get as much shit going on as you can. These are satin and by Valentino. They were a canceled sample in the accessories closet and I threatened to kill my boss when I was an intern if she didn’t let me buy them. Needless to say I got fired. Just kidding! You likely won’t find them, but a. all their shoes are the shit, just pick another pair and b. you can borrow mine. Do note that I’m currently wearing seven different types of fabric.
And finally, the finishing touches: