For anyone interested in men’s fashion, street style blogs are a must. Showing us a glimpse into the wardrobes of people as far flung as Berlin, Sydney, Shanghai and Las Vegas, street style blogging has taken on a life of its own and is now widely recognized to influence the fashion industry almost as much as the fashion industry inspires the bloggers.
The amount of street style blogs out there are numerous – from ultra-popular sites that score thousands of hits daily to ones gathering dust in a dark, forgotten corner of the internet somewhere – not to mention all the others that are starting to make a name for themselves that lie somewhere inbetween.
The great thing about these blogs is that they often focus on one aspect of fashion or one country or even city, so you can limit the amount of searching you do by just zoning in on what you find interesting; whether that’s fashion from the streets of London, men’s t-shirts, ladies vintage fashion, fashion from countries in the former Eastern Bloc…and pretty much anything else you can think of!
Therefore, this list is by no means a complete one – it hasn’t even scratched the surface of the so-called blogosphere, but if you’ve previously not been a fan, or don’t know where to start looking, check some of these fashionable websites out and get some inspiration for your next outfit.
Oh, and these are in no particular order either!
1) Where else to start but with Fruits? Back in 1997, this legendary Japanese magazine hit the streets of Tokyo running when photographer Shoichi Aoki decided to start documenting the weird and wonderful fashions of Japanese teenagers in the teeny bopper area of Harajuku. From Gothic Lolitas right though to minimalist Comme de Garcons fans, it’s all here. The website is not that great to be honest; Fruits was a traditional magazine but you can still get an idea of what these crazy kids are wearing. http://www.fruits-mg.com/
2) Street Peeper deserves a mention for the sheer volume of photos on the site if nothing else. This well organized blog features style shots taken in cities all over the world and sorts the photos by category, so it’s a great way of only looking at cities you’re particularly interested in, whether that’s New York, Copenhagen or Tokyo. http://streetpeeper.com/
3) Advanced Style is living proof that just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you can still cut it in the fashion stakes. This inspiring site features men and women looking fabulous, often with a twist of eccentricity. Hats seem to feature prominently as does high octane glamour for the women and a definite air of the dandy for the dapper looking gentlemen. http://advancedstyle.blogspot.co.uk/
4) Hypebeast was started in Hong Kong by a guy that wanted a way of documenting his love of street style – and trainers/sneakers in particular. This is more of a collection of cool, must-have products rather than photos of people in the street but for anyone wanting to keep their finger on the pulse and see what the next big thing in the world of men’s t-shirts or watches is, it’s a good source. http://hypebeast.com/
5) If you live somewhere where the sun’s usually shining and are intrigued to see what people who live in a cold climate are wearing check out Hel Looks – street style from the Finnish capital, Helsinki. The easy scroll through, large pictures and explanation (in English) of what inspires their style of the subjects makes this a fun blog to click through. It goes without saying that most of the styles feature coats, hats and scarves! http://www.hel-looks.com/
6) Finally for a look at what sartorial happenings are going on in China, check out Stylite Beijing. Written in English this blog features photos of the stylish on the streets of the capital as well as Shanghai, and also covers events such as Chinese Fashion Week. For a country that many still think of as drab and communist, this blog shatters that perception with photos of the young and cool who, breaking from the norm in China, like to stand out from the crowd. http://www.stylites.net/
So there you have it, six blogs to either inspire you or make you shudder! One things for sure, whether you’re a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy or you don’t leave the house without your cowboy boots and fringed suede jacket, there is a plethora of stylish, and sometimes downright bonkers, people out there.
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