Brighton Streetwear Style – The trends behind it.
In this week’s issue of Brighton Streetwear Style, I wanted to incorporate the why behind these different looks, and what you can do to make your looks stand out, and get with the current trends.
The vintage vibes, especially that of the 80s and 90s, have officially stormed their presence into current streetwear fashion, and it’s particularly obvious from the looks we gathered the other day, in the Laines. The abundance of vintage retailers and charity shops continue to inspire the fashion of the moment, notably that of chunky ‘Dad’ trainers, fur/knit coats and jackets, lots of denim,
With the weather being its usual unpredictable self (classic British, all the seasons in a day), big coats and layers are differently still here to stay for a while longer. Sheepskin/suede coats (mostly faux) are making a prominent come-back from the
I think another aspect of the current vintage trends of now is arguably all in the details. The classic 70s/80s circle metal zippers on a high-neck, cropped sleeved fitted top, just screams ‘VINTAGE INSPIRED!’ and this type of detailing is everywhere highstreet at the moment. Another detail about vintage 80s fashion is the colour palette; warm, earthy tones are visible everywhere and complement the washed-out black denim and cool blue corduroy jacket.
Despite the clear 70s and 80s vibes, there are connections with modern style references too. For the example the high-waisted – curve emphasizing – jean style trend, and the incorporation of Vans shoe, a classic brand which can only be associated with today.
Another major trend that has been proving the test of time is the classic flowy ‘culotte’ style trousers. Mostly seen in womenswear (above), the 70s choice of fabric – more flowy, with references to linen and pure cotton (hippie vibes?) Its persistent and seen everywhere at the moment. Paired with the current, a rather modern trend, of over-sized garments; these flowy trousers, chunky trainers, and oversized jumper – represents a huge style trend of now.
Recently, second-hand or faux fur coats have been breaking into
Another common and interesting style option, that vintage and charity shops inspire, is a more chilled 80s vibe. It offers (John Lennon inspired) circular glasses, paired with wool/textiles, and earthy shades – such as burnt orange and dark green, along with big overcoats and denim. This is an emerging trend, that perhaps is regular here in Brighton, and is, therefore, kudos to the great vintage shops here, and definitely, one to catch onto.
Something which is more than just a current trend, and is major here in Brighton but is an inspiration for major designers; such as Alessandro Michele at Gucci, is the notion of androgyny. Where women have had the ‘playsuit’, the idea of the men having their own form of that is interesting. Along with not typically masculine
The look below, whether intentionally or not, I think shows a little bit of the bigger picture of gender in fashion, and makes us wonder where it will go next.