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provoking street style.

I have a love / hate relationship with street style blogs. Love, for the obvious plethora of style inspiration, beautifully captured moments, and individual interpretation of runway trends.

What separates street style from editorials is the supposedly ‘real’ moments captured of real people. Bill Cunningham is an amazing example of this. (If you haven’t seen his documentary, it’s free streaming on Netflix and I HIGHLY recommend). As someone who admittedly spends way too much time reading fashion blogs, there’s a fine line where inspiring street style blurs with mundane outfit posts. Or, people trying too hard to capture photographers attention on the streets.

This is purely my opinion, so please feel free to disagree. All of us are entirely capable of wearing a “good outfit”. Really good street style should be compelling. It shouldn’t be an outfit that you directly duplicate, but rather it should provoke inspiration to dress in a certain way. Style is feeling; street style should elicit feelings and emotions about dressing.

For example, I think a good image shouldn’t inspire you to go purchase something new, but rather assemble an outfit from your closet that you wouldn’t have necessarily put together independently.

I love this photo because I spent a good hour last night thinking of mismatched patterns that I own that compliment each other. Here are some of my favorite images from the last few weeks.

(all images via Vogue.com and The Sartorialist)

Again, this is purely my opinion. What do you guys think?

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