Street Style: Smart Casual of Nice, France.

Street style photos of what the average person is wearing in Nice, Côte d’Azur, France. (Taken Summer 2014)

 

While doing my research before a weekend trip to the south of France, I noticed more than the usual, “Pack clothes you can layer” and, “Don’t wear trainers, socks with sandals, or a fanny pack, or you’ll look like a tourist”. Various blogs and websites claimed that one shouldn’t wear prints, bright colours, short-shorts or too many accessories because you’ll be looked down on! This worried me. A lot. (Well, not too much because I ended up packing a dress with bright pink flowers on it).

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Unimpressive Parisian Street Style

Is Paris losing some of its fashion credibility with the rise of street style?

Accidental shot of (hopefully) a tourist.

Accidental shot of (hopefully) a tourist.

I often daydream of Paris. Strolling down the cobbled streets, looking up at the beautiful uniform buildings on the way to a store or a gallery, stopping for an impromptu hot chocolate on a terrace on the sidewalk, and relaxing in the sunlight.

In reality things are much different: I find myself having to quicken my pace to overtake dawdling tourists and dodging out-of-the-way of those who have stopped because they have decided to take photos of absolutely everything. I’ll gulp down my hot chocolate as quickly as possible before my carefully-selected clothes smell of the cigarette smoke from other diners. With a burnt mouth, I’ll get to the gallery; listen to my audio guide and be suddenly jolted out of my peaceful, educational bliss, by a sweaty tourist, angrily telling me to move out-of-the-way so he can take a picture of his child next to the statue I’m actually appreciating (and he is clearly not)*.

Last week, I popped into Paris, on the last leg of a trip, as I wanted to go to a few select shops and take photos of what people were wearing. I noticed a distinct lack of style. For a city which is arguably known as the most stylish city on earth, there were only two people who stood out (and one, unfortunately was moving too quickly, trying to escape those dawdling tourists).

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Street Style: Inspiration from Italian Mammas

A collection of photos of stylish older Italian ladies. Taken in Spring/Summer 2014. Last in a series of 3 Italian Street Style posts.

Italian women are admired for their simple, timeless style. This style is the most evident when looking at older Italian ladies. Not only are they blessed to live in one of the most fashion-conscious countries in the world, they have the gift of experience too.

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Street Style: Italian Prints and Patterns.

A collection of photos featuring printed and patterned clothing and accessories from the streets of Florence, Italy. Taken Spring/Summer 2014.

Being British, florals are one of my favourite types of print. I’ve heard people talking about Hawaiian florals and monochrome daisy prints being popular this summer. In Florence, it seemed the most popular type of floral was rainforest/tropical floral.

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Street Style: The Summer Brights of Florence.

A collection of images featuring brightly coloured clothing in Florence, Italy. Taken in Spring/Summer 2014.   (Click images to view in gallery)

Visiting major tourist attractions in foreign countries provides a great opportunity to see not only what locals are wearing, but what people from all over the world are wearing. On a recent trip to Italy, I took interest in both the local’s and fellow tourist’s choice of clothing.

Arguably, the tourists were more interesting than the locals. They had to dress comfortably and practically for exploring, but also had to dress for the camera, as most would be posing in photos in front of the famous sights.

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Authenticity of Personal Style and the World Traveller Trend

A post about my struggle with the world traveller trend in relation to the popularisation of the “hipster” look. Is it more important to dress to suit your personality and interests, or to dress in what you think looks good?

Image: http://www.asos.com/

I love this world traveller look. Image: http://www.asos.com/

The authenticity amongst hipsters has had a lot of coverage on social media. “Original” “hipsters” have spent a lot of time trying to define themselves and distance themselves from the new, trendy Urban Outfitters hipsters. I can sympathise with their frustration at having their style stolen and adopted by the mainstream. Authenticity of personal style is very important to me.

The identification of subcultures through clothing is also important and I think it’s something that should be preserved. I am often tricked by this new breed of hipster.

An Original or Copy-Cat Hipster? I think I know... Image: http://www.buzzfeed.com/

An Original or Copy-Cat Hipster? Is it obvious? Image: http://www.buzzfeed.com/

Five years ago, I’d feel safe around guys with beards, plaid shirts and geeky glasses: These were the signs of someone having a mellow personality. If a bar was full of people dressed in that way, it would be a mental shortcut to knowing that the place would be pretentious, but pretty chilled. Now, if you go into any bar in a city centre in the UK, pretty much all the lary, loud lads will wearing a plaid shirt, will have a beard and will be wearing fake glasses. What signs can I look out for now?

That’s why I am so wary of participating in this “world traveller” trend.

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Get the most out of Thrift and Charity Shopping: Barnardo’s.

A quick guide to getting the best bargains in the charity chain store, Barnardo’s.

Charity shops have had a lot of negative press lately. People have noticed that the prices in stores have risen recently, some think the stores are getting greedy and it’s no longer possible to get a bargain. I have to admit, I’ve noticed the prices have gone up too, but I think it’s the responsibility of the charity shops to make as much money as they can for their particular causes.

With that said, it is still possible to get a great deal from charity shops, you just have to know what you’re doing. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping with Barnardo’s:

Barnardo’s Standard Shops are graded into three different tiers. The charity sort their donations so that the highest stores in the tier are intended to have all of the best designer label items; the middle tier to have items originating from the top end of the high street; and the bottom level to have items from the lower end of the high street and supermarkets. Barnardo’s also have specialist stores, for example, they have children’s stores, discount stores and stores with exclusively new goods.

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