Streetwear style has become a global phenomenon, with everyone from fashion enthusiasts to celebrities and athletes embracing this edgy and unique style. But what is streetwear style, and why is it so popular? Let’s take a closer look at this fashion trend and try to have a little fun while we’re at it.
What is Streetwear Style?
Streetwear style is a casual and comfortable style of clothing that is designed for everyday wear. It often consists of oversized t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, and sneakers, featuring bold graphics and logos. The style is heavily influenced by urban culture, with a focus on individuality and self-expression.
Streetwear style can trace its origins back to the 1980s when hip-hop and skateboarding subcultures were gaining popularity. These two subcultures began to overlap, and the fashion of the time reflected this convergence. Skateboarders were wearing loose-fitting clothing for ease of movement, while hip-hop artists were sporting oversized clothing to make a bold fashion statement.
Over the years, streetwear style has evolved and diversified, incorporating elements of different subcultures and styles. Today, it is not uncommon to see high-end fashion brands creating streetwear-inspired collections, and even luxury streetwear brands emerging.
The funny side of Streetwear Style
Streetwear style may be fashionable, but it can also be a source of endless amusement. Here are some funny things that only streetwear enthusiasts can relate to:
- The art of layering
One of the key elements of streetwear style is layering. It’s all about mixing and matching different pieces to create a unique look. But let’s be real, it can also be a bit overwhelming. How many layers are too many layers? And how do you manage to get dressed without looking like a walking pile of clothes?
Diversity crew member Ana is the layering pro, finding the perfect balance of layering and still putting together a collective outfit! Check out this outfit they put together here.
- The never-ending search for the perfect pair of sneakers
Sneakers are a crucial element of streetwear style, and finding the perfect pair can be a never-ending quest. You’re constantly on the lookout for the latest drops, trying to cop that limited edition collab, or scouring the depths of the internet for that one pair of kicks that got away. And let’s not forget the thrill of unboxing a new pair of sneakers, carefully removing the tissue paper, and taking that first satisfying whiff of fresh shoe leather.
Last summer, the New Balance 550s took over the fashion world. Partnering with high-end streetwear brand, Aime Leon Dore, to create the ALD 550s. The retail price of $110 was taken advantage of by resellers who brought the new rates on re-sell sites to $300 to $500 for the sneaker.
- The joy of finding hidden gems at thrift stores
Thrifting is a staple of streetwear culture, with many enthusiasts scouring thrift stores for hidden gems. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding a rare vintage piece or a designer item at a fraction of the cost. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love the feeling of beating the system and scoring a bargain?
Here at Diversity, we’ve had some amazing finds from top streetwear brands, Supreme to high end designers like Gucci. The most special streetwear items we mainly hold in store actually come from local artists, just like “MERCH MERCH MERCH” and “ALPHABETS USA” handmade, screen-printed designers made right here in Jamaica Plain. They align with the latest fashion raves and fits with a little Boston flare.
- The importance of “the fit”
Streetwear enthusiasts take “the fit” very seriously. It’s not just about wearing the right pieces; it’s about wearing them in the right way. You spend hours meticulously curating an outfit, making sure every piece fits just right and complements each other. And let’s not forget the importance of taking the perfect fit pic for Instagram, showing off your style to the world.
- The thrill of hype drops
Hype drops are the holy grail of streetwear culture. The anticipation of a new collab, the rush of trying to cop a limited edition piece, the satisfaction of finally getting your hands on that grail item. It’s an adrenaline-fueled experience that only streetwear enthusiasts can truly appreciate.
- The love-hate relationship with logos
Logos are a key element of streetwear style, but they can also be a bit divisive. On one hand, logos can be a way to show off your brand loyalty and make a statement.