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Streetwear Aesthetics?

FSA

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I've been reading this forum with great interest and... well, bewilderment... for a little while now. Firstly, because streetwear is a part of the fashion world I'm almost completely unfamiliar with. And secondly, because I just don't seem to be able to understand its aesthetics. Reading all the various threads on this board, I fail to see much rhyme or reason to the way certain items or combinations of clothing are praised and others are frowned upon.

So I thought you could maybe help clueless me out a little. What makes one hoodie/shirt/pair of jeans/pair of shoes better than another? What is it that makes an outfit work or not work in your eyes?
 

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If you could provide a little background on yourself, it would be much easier to answer your question.

Briefly, I would say that coherency is the most important aspect of putting together a successful outfit, streetwear or otherwise. Coherency extends to silhouette, color, materials, inspirations, and so on.

So, for example, assuming that all the pieces fit well, a light grey boiled wool workwear inspired jacket with a red and blue plaid shirt, tan belt with a garrison buckle, well fitting dark jeans by a company like 5EP, and natural colored Chuck Taylors would work well because
1) the colors all coordinate well, with the plaid shirt, tan belt and light colored shoes providing welcome contrast to the dark and neutral solid pieces
2) All the pieces are workwear inspired or iconic Americana (the Chucks)
This is, of course, assuming that all the pieces fit well.

On the other hand, if someone threw in a techno-fleece piece by Prada Sport in the mix, or switched out the Chucks for a pair of colorful Nike Dunks, the outfit would just look a little off.
 

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Originally Posted by LA Guy
If you could provide a little background on yourself, it would be much easier to answer your question.
You're right, sorry. I mostly wear classic tailored clothing (ie. what is covered by the main forum on this site, as far as I can see), in particular the English variety. I should also mention I had a brief stint as a metalhead.
 

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Don't feel bad. I'm here all the time and I'm still pretty much clueless.
 

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Originally Posted by FSA
You're right, sorry. I mostly wear classic tailored clothing (ie. what is covered by the main forum on this site, as far as I can see), in particular the English variety. I should also mention I had a brief stint as a metalhead.
Dude, Ozzy's on this forum now? Awesome!
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To simplify things, I guess you could sort of think of streetwear doing for blue-collar clothes what your standard styleforum does for white-collar clothes.
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Same principles, different subject.

One thing that might help is seeing that there's not just one streetwear. Just like Italians and Americans and Brits have different emphasis when it comes to how they wear their suits, there are differences in how people wear their jeans.

A person wearing skinny jeans and a pair of Chuck Taylors is wearing streetwear, but so is a person wearing full-cut jeans and a pair of Air Force Ones. Different streets, different streetwear.
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LA Guy hints at this and he's talked about it explicitly in different threads, but just to get this out there:

Streetwear is primarily inspired by workwear and military clothes. On SF there is a stronger Americana/Preppy/etc. influence than on the average street, I believe. There are weaker sports, outdoors, and Hip Hop influences. And of course, contemporary Men's Clothing crossover.

(Did I miss any?)
 

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I pretty much agree with LA Guy. Silhouette is very important, if it doesnt work, nothing works. Coherancy in inspiration for the different pieces are of course important, even if it in theory atleast would be cool to mix it up a bit.
 

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