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Maximize Minimalism – Street Style Edition

Street Fashion Chicago

In this perpetually evolving fashion world, something about the mix and match of masculine and feminine pieces never cease to intrigue me. Oftentimes this androgynous “boy-meets-girl” street style edge is the staple of many powerhouse designs, ranging from Alexander Wang’s utilitarian cashmere sweater and distressed boyfriend jeans, to Givenchy’s signature gothic shirts that evoke a dark, brooding essence to French haute couture.

Though in the early 1940s women were expected to wear tailored suits and dresses with slim cut silhouettes, nowadays it’s run-of-the mill to see women adding men-inspired clothing to their getup. Freedom of expression? Yes. Style and comfort? You bet.

Whether it’d be choosing flannels and boyfriend jeans to channel that grunge persona, or draping a moto jacket over a filmy frock to ascend to “Punk Princess” status, consider it a creative outlet for ladies to cobble together pieces that blur all gender-specific boundaries whilst maintaining an aura of femininity!

In my outfit today I chose to play up my tomboyish aura by adding unisex fashion staples to my ensemble — white sweater with fringe details paired with wide-legged slacks and lace up boots. I love how minimal this look is yet still channel novelty via the avant-garde details like the frills (and fancies) of the sweater and the color-block linings along the side of the trousers.

Final thought of the day? Be a trailblazer designer and add a unique style to your own lookbook. Draw in the zig-zag lines, add a dash of color, and paint that canvas a multi-colored version of you :).

Xoxo ~ Lena

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