As true fashion fans, we like to look to a variety of different sources for our sartorial inspiration. Whether it’s the world’s catwalks, Hollywood’s celebs or fashion bloggers and street style starlets, there is always a wealth of modish muses ready to inspire us. Beginning with cool-weather cover-ups in Australia and ending with sizzling safari-chic ensembles in America, today’s features pulls inspiration from the stylish sidewalks of the world with the help of fashionably savvy muses.
A quick look at our six faves reveals a stylish synthesis of colors, prints and trends – from pretty pastels to laidback leopard print to utilitarian ensembles. If you are revamping your wardrobe or you just want to pick up a few fresh fashion ideas, pick a street style muse and get inspired with this month’s edition of Street Chic.
#1. While the Fall 2009 runways focused on bold metallic statements, the Spring 2010 runways put the spotlight on a slightly more subtle palette of pastel hues (most notably at Burberry Prorsum). We like how this low-key Aussie girl has incorporated a chic mix of pastels to elevate her look from simple to smart – her nude ballet flats and pale pink sweater are given a pop of understated color with the brighter blue mix on her scarf. For a similarly chic outfit, we recommend Autumn Cashmere’s Peony Cable Cashmere Crewneck Sweater ($130.50) and Genetic Denim’s James Zipper Skinny Jeans ($198), with added color from Missoni’s Crochet Scarf ($220). Unfussy footwear will finish the look; try Elizabeth & James’s Catch Snake Flat ($117.50) or Chloe’s Cap Toe Ballet Flat ($475).
#2. Though oversized kimono cardigans might be the outerwear du jour this summer, there is always a place for timeless staples like the boyfriend blazer as this playful Italian lady shows. We love how she has incorporated different styles – from grunge (her beaten-up boots) to boho (her floaty floral blouse) – to come up with a look that is all her own. Take a page from her style book by grabbing Joie’s Palace Top ($117.60) and pairing it with J Brand’s Roll Up Shorts ($159) and Necessary Objects’s Boyfriend Blazer ($64). Throw on a pair of Ambrose’s Cuff Lace Up Boots ($135) to finish off your look.
#3. We love how this stylish New Yorker has taken a classically sophisticated print – leopard – and reinvented it for day by pairing it with unfussy pieces (to be specific, a draped cardigan, a loose t-shirt and pointed-toe flats). The result? A subtly sexy outfit that can take you from a low-key office setting to an end-of-summer barbecue. To recreate the spirit of this look, try either Rebecca Taylor’s Leopard Skinny Trousers ($186) or Topshop’s Animal Print Hareem Trousers ($50) with Alternative Apparel’s Linen Tee ($48) and C&C California’s Drape Cardigan ($24). Elizabeth & James’s Jill Flats ($156.64) complete your ensemble.
#4. Our next Street Chic pick is a perfect example of unfussy summer style. This style-savvy muse effortlessly accessorized her simple black miniskirt by adding a print (her striped tank), texture (her woven belt) and color (her bright blue platform heels). To pull off a similarly stylish look, try Gap’s Nautical Striped Tank ($22.50) with Juicy Couture’s Pleated Pocket Skirt ($98). Accessorize with a variety of textures and colors as our stylish muse has done; we like Warehouses’s Woven Wrap Belt ($33.82) and Guess’s G-Knotted3 Platform Sandals ($80.42).
#5. For the past few years, the much-loved maxi dress has been revived with a contemporary twist, a style that this fashionable New Yorker has taken on with confidence. While her slit-up-the-thigh maxi and peep-toe booties are subtly sexy, the ensemble is toned down with the addition of a sheer wrap. To emulate this ensemble, grab our muse’s exact T By Alexander Wang Tank Dress ($108) and layer it under Inhabit’s Cotton/Linen Wrap ($255). To give your outfit a bold touch, add Joie’s I Will Survive Suede Lace Up Booties ($227.50) and Roxy’s Muse Bag ($52).
#6. We selected this month’s final Street Chic pick for her creative approach to spring’s military chic trend. Her functional cargo shorts are glammed up with the addition of smart accessories like her chain necklace and strappy suede heels. For a similar ensemble, we like Free People’s Rigid Cord Cargo Shorts ($58.50) paired with Iro’s Front Buttons T-Shirt ($95). Give your outfit a touch of glamour with AV Max’s Chain Link Long Necklace ($37.80) and a bold pair of shoes; we like Fendi’s Suede Ruched Tulle Detail Sandals ($716.40) and Asos Heidi’s Suede Sandal Booties ($84.55).
On a side note, we’re on the hunt for new Street Chic muses! If you’d love to see your personal style featured in our monthly Street Chic story, send us an email (email@example.com) with your best full-length photos or a link to your blog.
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Images courtesy of Elle Street Chic, Lookbook.nu, Stylesightings, The Sartorialist & Vanessa Jackman.