Friday, April 6, 2012

How to Become a Street Style Darling

Top left: Katie Shillingford by Jak & Jil; bottom left: Miroslava Duma by Jak & Jil; right: Anne-Catherine Frey by The Sartorialist

When I say "street style darling," chances are that a few people come to mind. There's Katie Shillingford, the Fashion Editor at Dazed & Confused. After debuting her ombre locks for Tommy Ton, girls across the blogosphere eagerly snatched up (pastel) hair dye and dip-dyed their 'dos in earnest imitation. In a similar, hair-related vein, there's Anne-Catherine Frey, the Parisian fashion student whose short 'do gives photogs like Scott Schuman and Vanessa Jackman a run for their money (or more like their cameras.) And of course there's Miroslava Duma, the presumably pint-sized former editor for Harper's Bazaar Russia. Her influence has made its way to Tumblr where her sartorial choices are closely stalked followed.

Following an article published by New York Magazine's The Cut on rules for getting shot by street style photogs, I've come up with my own semi-serious, semi-funny tips on how you too can become a street style darling in the likes of Katie, Anne-Catherine, and Miroslava. Without further ado, here's a list of tips I've published over the last couple of weeks on the blog's Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr (clicky click!). Stay tuned for more.

How to Become a Street Style Darling
  1. Wear a shoe with a heel. If you can’t pass as tall enough to model in your free time, you’re doing it wrong.
  2. Substitute pants in neutral tones for bright ones that pop. You should be seen from at least a block away.
  3. Avoid flip-flops, Crocs, Uggs, and other offensive footwear like the plague. Face it: it’s never going to happen.
  4. If you must wear leggings, know that they’re not a perfect substitute for pants.
  5. If you have an affinity towards festive denim, lean towards printed patterns. Just say NO to excessive tears.
  6. Don’t mix cowboy boots with other trends. Avoid altogether if you’re not from a region where they’re native.
  7. Avoid anything that can be deemed racially insensitive or could spark a lawsuit if sold at Urban Outfitters.
  8. Pretend you’re on the catwalk. All the time.
  9. Look approachable. Scowling doesn’t encourage photographers to come-hither.
  10. Have an adorable face. Pinch-worthy cheeks preferred.
  11. Layer lace, knits, leather, and any other material under the sun. If it seems like overkill, add another layer.
  12. Wear lipstick. You automatically gain 5 chic points.
  13. If you’re male, wear pants that don’t require your hand’s assistance to keep them up.
  14. Choose your plaid carefully. An unsightly pattern can ruin your 15 seconds of street style fame.
  15. If you plan to be photographed at a flea market, pride yourself on being the most hygienic hipster there.
  16. If you live in a rural area, move to a city. Photogs won’t travel to those parts.
  17. Be a model.
  18. Befriend “it” editors, photographers, and bloggers. Relish in being photographed by association.
  19. Wait outside of runway shows wearing as many prints as possible. Staring is what you crave.
Feel free to join in on the fun by submitting your own tips using #StreetStyleDarlingTip (singular; not plural) and following the blog on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

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