7 Must-Have Wardrobe Pieces for Creating Chic Street-Style Outfits
Through clothes and accessories, you can always make a statement and show a little bit of your personality. You can do this by choosing the right clothes and accessories to have an outfit that looks great on you.
When it comes to clothes, there is a fashion style that lets you show off your personality and individualism effortlessly every day: street style.
Street style, or streetwear style, has experienced a renaissance in the past few years, thanks to social media. This fashion style was popularized through hip hop, skateboarding, and other sports constantly featured on social media.
The well-thought-out coordination of casual tees, baggy jackets and pants, and sneakers make for interesting outfits that, when photographed and shared on Instagram, Twitter, and other social networking sites, constantly catch every viewer’s attention, thereby boosting the style’s popularity.
Aside from showcasing your personality, street style can be fun and energetic. It can also use or incorporate subcultural and intersecting styles or trends, including African streetwear, high-end athletica, and club-culture cool.
Because of these reasons, street style is a fashion trend that will continue to evolve and won’t go away soon.
Wardrobe Essentials for Perfect Street-Style Outfits
If you want to have the right fashion pieces to put together a flawless street-style look whenever you feel like showcasing it, here are the essentials you need to include in your shopping list:
1. White shirt
A plain white tee or button-down shirt is a must-have wardrobe piece perfect for your street-style outfits.
White shirts are the most versatile tops you won’t regret having plenty of. You can wear them nearly anywhere and for any activity: casual Friday, a grocery run, walk in the park, or even just hanging out with your friends on the street.
For the perfect streetwear style, pair your white shirt with skinny or mom jeans and complete the look with a plain, casual cardigan or sweater, and sneakers.
For an office-ready outfit, pair your white shirt with a black skirt or pants, and put on a blazer. Add a necklace and one or two bracelets for a more polished look. Mules, flats, or oxfords are the perfect accompaniment for this outfit.
2. Plaid shirt
A woven or flannel plaid button-down shirt is another streetwear staple you need to have in your closet.
A plaid button-down works well in various streetwear fashion styles: grunge, hipster, Western, and California style.
For a laidback California look, wear denim shorts with your plaid flannel shirt. Put on white or black trainers, and you’re good to go.
You’ll get that Western look when you wear your plaid shirt with slim-fit jeans or corduroys and ankle boots.
And to get that ’90s grunge street-chic look, put on your favourite plain white or black tee or tank top, denim skirt or shorts, and combat boots. For the finishing touch, tie your plaid shirt around your waist.
Blue, black, or white jeans are also a must for street style outfits.
Jeans come in a variety of designs and styles, such as skinny, boot cut, flared, and tapered. Pair this bottom with any top and you’ll get the look you’re aiming for, whether it’s casual, sporty, office-ready, or elegant.
If you’re aiming for a trendy, sophisticated look, pair a long, stylish blouse and blazer with your skinny jeans. Put on your favourite boots or pumps to complete your outfit.
Your white and plaid shirt will match well with your choice of jeans, too.
4. Knee-length dress
Whether you want another little black dress or a more feminine silk or lace dress, you’ll be at the height of street-style fashion with this new fashion piece.
Knee-length dresses are the best pieces you can get if you want to add something aesthetic and elegant to your street-style staples.
If you want a unique, standout OTD, pair a frilly knee-length dress with your favourite high-top or low-top sneakers. You’ll feel comfortable and confident wearing this getup even whether you’re in Dubai or the Caribbean.
For a ’90s grunge throwback look, wear a plaid top or bomber jacket over the dress and combat boots.
5. Cardigan or sweater
When the weather gets nippy, you’ll need something to keep you warm that can complete or elevate your outfit.
A cardigan or sweater is the clothing essential that can answer this need.
You can pair your sweater or cardigan with any of your streetwear tops and bottoms. They’ll work with any footwear you choose as well.
However, make sure you pick a style and colour that complements your shape so that you’ll always look fabulous when you wear it.
6. Denim jacket or vest
Aside from getting denim jeans, you might want to get tops made of this fabric too since you can also mix and match them with all of your street-style staples.
A denim jacket or vest will look great over your feminine dresses. You’ll also look amazing when you pair it with any pants, shorts, or skirt.
If you want a versatile denim piece, choose a plain one when shopping. However, if you want something that shows off your personality or heritage, look for ones with designs or embellishments that capture what you want to embody or convey.
Denim jackets or vests with African designs, for instance, are excellent options if you prefer a tribal look.
7. A pair (or more) of ‘it’ shoes
A new pair of ‘it’ shoes can also elevate your street style outfit effortlessly. You will be blown away by how chic and fashion-forward your ensemble will look just by putting on the right, stylish footwear.
A new pair of Dr Martens, Converse All Stars, or Christian Louboutin pumps will take your outfit up to another level and give you that extra oomph you’re looking for.
Your new shoes will make a simple jeans-and-tee outfit look more fashionable and intentional.
On the other hand, your new pair of boots or high tops will give your LBD an edgier yet still chic look.
Don’t forget to put on your favourite signature jewellery to complete your street style outfit.
A pair of pearl stud earrings and a pearl necklace can make your entire ensemble and look more interesting.
A statement bib necklace can also make a typical street style attire look cooler and more fashionable. Try wearing one with your white button-down shirt or LBD and you’ll notice a huge difference.
With these pieces in your wardrobe, you’ll have no difficulties easing into the street style fashion style and lifestyle.
Ethiopian-born and Dubai-based fashion designer Feiruza Mudessir discovered her curiosity to mix the traditional with contemporary at a young age, and this has become the trademark of her designs for Finchitua today. With her unique style standpoint, she served the VIP Color Forecast Panel 2017 for Al Jazeera Paints Company and VIP Color Forecast Panel 2019 for Asian Paints Berger. Ms. Mudessir is a shortlisted nominee for the prestigious Fashion Scout London 2018.”
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