LOVE AND STREETWEAR
Class is in session. I'm here to answer all of your questions about streetwear, as well as showcase some outfits I'm bringing with me into the Spring season. If you're a fan of footwear and fashion then streetwear is the most amazing love affair, where style meets comfort & functionality and outfits are put together based on personal interpretation of high-end items or "trophy" pieces if you will.
What is streetwear?
Originally rooted from California surf and skate culture, the trend bloomed when companies, like Stussy and Supreme, started making logo t-shirts and mixing these generic styles with high-end fashion brands, like Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Over time with some influence from hip hop and the evolvement and integration of athletic wear and sneaker trends into everyday lifestyle, streetwear became more and more popular. Streetwear is the tasteful way of mixing and matching luxury branded items with "everyday" fashions (i.e. hip-hop, skate, surf, punk rock). While it may get a bad rep from those who slap a "hype" logo, like Supreme, on an outfit and call themselves a hypebeast, it's more than that. The mashup of high-end or limited edition pieces with thrifty style takes some talent.
Now I'm not trying to sit here and call myself talented by any means... If we're being totally honest Jake pretty much picks out 90% of my outfits, but all I'm saying is you can't have a blind eye when it comes to style to get with the culture. Streetwear, above all else, isn't necessarily about what you're wearing, but what your outfit represents. It's about individuality and free-thinking. Sure brands like Bape and Palace are hype brands, but it's more about putting your personal touch and interpretation on things.
Outfit details: Sunglasses from Avalon Exchange Lakewood, Travis Scott Astroworld wind breaker SikSilk cropped tee underneath & Nike x OBJ AF1 on the feet
Think of streetwear like building an amazing hot fudge sundae... You got the ice cream, the base of your outfit, maybe this is your go-to joggers or black skinny jeans? Then you pour the hot fudge on, which are your Yeezys or Jordans that you've been waiting to bust out the box. Next up you got sprinkles, which are your accessories, like a nice chain or watch and a hat or something and then you get to the top of the sundae, your holy grail and the most valued item that you're trying to flex, and that my friends is the mother fuckin cherry. The cherry is the first thing that people see, the first thing they want to eat... I mean who the hell saves the cherry for last, am I right? But this whole sundae, when broken apart has little value compared to when it's all together. A Supreme box logo tee doesn't make you hype, you wear that around with blue jeans and you're wearing a t-shirt and jeans. No creativity there. The "hype" comes from the style integration and the layers to the outfit. At the end of the day if you take that cherry away from the sundae, it's just a cherry...
How did you get into sneakers?
To no ones surprise I'm sure, my husband got me into the sneaker/streetwear scene. I'm embarrassed to admit that when Jake and I met I only owned one pair of tennis shoes and they were these ugly beaters that I wore to the gym literally everyday. It took me awhile to fully understand his (not-so) little sneaker addiction, but when I saw him matching the outfits he was wearing to all of these different colors and patterns on his sneakers I understood it was so much more than pairs of shoes... but truly an art. Not to totally be dishing out gender roles, but it's not super common to meet a guy who creates outfits with such detail (and consequently also who takes longer to get ready than I do). Now I'm sure I'm getting some people shaking their heads reading this, but to that I say what difference is it than matching lipsticks or handbags or hats? I fell in love with making comfort look swaggy and the way he put his personal touch on otherwise arguably simple outfits. With a personality that loud... the fit has to match. More on him soon, stay on the lookout for my upcoming blog "My Husband's Addiction & Me" ;)
Thank you to those of you who submitted questions on Instagram, I can't express how much your engagement means to me. You all inspired the content of this blog and I'm forever grateful for those of you who fuel me to continue creating. And a very special thank you to my amazing boss James Douglas (@tjdstudio) for letting me play model for the day and providing me with these amazing blog photos to share with you! All of the outfits pictured above are ones I would style for this mild-winter to spring transition in Cleveland. Included below are links to some of our favorite pieces in our closet right now, enjoy!
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