Runway fashion is fun to look at it, but if you really want to know how to dress, you have to look to the people. Street fashion is the real indicator of where fashion is headed next. If you want to know what the next big thing is, don't just ask the designers: See which designs are gaining traction on the streets of the hippest cities in the world, such as New York City, London, and Paris.
Today, as ever, street fashion in these places is ahead of the curve. Here are some of the biggest trends happening in street fashion right now, and how you can take advantage of them.
Skinny jeans are very, very dead. Streetwear is all about volume these days — and we’re not talking about noise. We’re talking about big, baggy clothes. Pants with lots of room. Hoodies three sizes too big.
Keep an eye on the shape, though: It could be changing. While most fashion pros think that the baggy look will be here for a good while, some suggest that the shape of the bagginess might get a tweak as new products hit the shelves. those overlong tees will become overwide instead, while others think the clothes will take a small step back from super-baggy to just really, really baggy. It won’t be a revolution, but keep your ear to the ground.
You may have pockets in those baggy clothes, but why weigh yourself down and ruin the shape of your outfit? You can fit everything you need for the day in a bag instead. From the to the retro, utilitarian bags are in on the street. So grab a belt bag (no, you should not call it a “fanny pack”) and strap it on — or just sling it over your shoulder.
After a flirtation with pastels in the spring, the latest streetwear seems to be getting bolder with its palette. Recent runway shows with streetwear influences saw lots of , including some downright day-glo looks. Of course, you’ll still want some reliable navy blues and simple greys in there, but don’t be afraid to bust out a big, colorful shirt this summer.
Where to shop
So where can you get your hands on the latest streetwear? If you’re not careful about where you buy the latest and hippest new collab, then you might end up with a fake. Shop in-person or online at retailers that have a known reputation for carrying fashionable brands in streetwear like the . Focus on the streetwear shops that have their finger on the pulse. Aim for shops in urban fashion centers such as New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. And use your judgment, too. You know what’s in, so if the shop doesn’t feel even hipper than you are, then it’s probably not helping you.