Fashion: Street style savvy

By Michiko Hylands

Seventies chic reigns supreme on the catwalk and the streets.
Seventies chic reigns supreme on the catwalk and the streets.
Seventies chic reigns supreme on the catwalk and the streets.

You know a runway trend has made its mark when you see it translated with even greater flair on the street. A new breed of fashion editors, bloggers and influential style makers has seen street style come into its own.

So what exactly is street style? Some people seem born with an innate sense of style, and have the knack of putting things together effortlessly to make a look "work". Starting with a trend, these style mavens put their own stamp on it and make it their own.

If you're after some major fashion inspo, check out the looks seen "off" the runway to see what's really trending.

The 70s look continues to reign supreme. Strut your stuff and head downtown in Steele's 70s-inspired ensemble. The shaggy Lattica vest is a great layering piece, perfectly suited to our mercurial climate. Team the flares with a high shoe for a true 70s swagger.

Channel your inner rock 'n' roll boho muse with Stolen Girlfriends Club Cloud Surfer dress.

This off-the-shoulder mini dress highlights a fab decolletage, and feminine ruffles are toughened up with an edgy raw hem.

Nothing says "cool" more than a jumpsuit. You'll be hitting the streets in style with Juliette Hogan's silk Dresden jumpsuit. For extra style kudos, drape the Nixon jacket casually over the top.

Hot days call for cool, cotton dresses. Embrace the heat with Shakuhachi's Sundance Laddering Kaftan dress. Bring out your secret gyspy diva and add some bohemian accessories for deluxe hippy appeal.

When in doubt, denim is always your best friend. Make an impact with Karen Walker's fun Valeri Halter Top and Blazar Pants. The high-voltage, pop art-inspired print instantly adds colour to a grey, concrete jungle.

Look cool in the city with Hideseekers Frontier shirtdress, a versatile classic. For maximum street vibe, team with suede shorts and a leather visor.

Be a risk-taker and mix it up with Sylvester's checkered shirt and pinstriped Preppy trouser and floral print Forever Tee. Borrowing from the boys never looked so good.

Outfit details from left:

Cloud surfer dress $269
From Stolen Girlfriends Club

Nixon Jacket $349
Dresden Jumpsuit $350
All from Juliette Hogan

Shakuhachi Sundance Laddering Kaftan Dress $249
From Superette

Checkered Shirt $239
Forever Tee $159
Preppy Trouser $269
Brogue $379
Ada Sunglasses $368
All from Sylvester

Outfit details from left:

Lattica Vest $309 Victorine Top $179
Paradox denim flares $259
All from Lana Boutique

Valeri Halter Top $380
Blazar Pants $475
Karen Walker Sokol Heels $375
All from Karen Walker

Frontier Shirtdress (in Black & White Stripe) $349
Riff Raff Leather Visor (in black) $195
Midwest Suede Shorts $249
Summer Sandal (in black) $199
All from Hideseekers

The Line-Up

Get instant street cred with Preen's eye-catching Brunswick sunnies. Clinique's Age Defense BB Cream with SPF 30 is a multitasking essential.

Witchery's Liam Sneaker is a staple trainer made for those with a busy life in the fast lane.

Get the perfectly "undone" look for your hair with Pureology's Highlight Stylist Bodifying Luminator, The Knot Dr The Pro Brush and Mecca Cosmetica's Pony Tail Perfector kit.

Deadly Ponies' Mr Frilly Tote is the ultimate urban bag for when you're hitting the metropolis.

So take inspiration from the fashion gurus of the street and steal a bit of their style. Push the envelope and become your own trendsetter. Who knows, they might be copying your own inimitable style soon.

Witchery Liam Sneaker $149.90
Preen 'Brunswick' sunglasses $280
The Knot Dr The Pro Brush $32.90
Deadly Ponies Mr Frilly Tote bag $690
Clinique Age defense BB Cream $50
Pureology Highlight Stylist Bodyfying Luminator $38
Mecca Cosmetica Ponytail Perfector Set $19

Stockists

• Steele available from Lana Boutique
stolengirlfriendsclub.com
juliettehogan.com
• Shakuhachi available from Superette
karenwalker.com
hideseekers.com
• Sylvester available from katesylvester.com
• Preen eyewear from Sunshadeseyewear.com.au 0508 EYEWEAR
• Clinique available from selected pharmacies and department stores
witchery.co.nz
pureology.co.nz
• For Knot Dr products contact sales@phb.net.nz
meccacosmetica.co.nz
deadlyponies.com

- Spy.co.nz

• Follow Michiko on Instagram: @michikohylands

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