The Street is the New Catwalk

As a UCT student I have been intrigued by the diverse fashion sense on campus. Little did I know that it was called “Street Style” – a style that can be described as authentic and edgy. It reveals ensembles that people actually wear on a daily basis instead of what appears on the runways or in high fashion collections. Street fashion is seen as a style that is very casual and relaxed. People dress for comfort nowadays. It is definitely a less polished and effortless look yet it still remains cool.

Designers often search the street for inspiration as trends emerge and develop not from their studios but originally from the street. Young, cool and diverse people are the true innovators of fashion – wearing clothes in new ways by tailoring and accessorizing outfits and by creating a merge between retro and modern styles.

Recently when interviewing a young fashion designer by the name of Azara Amien for an upcoming feature piece, she mentioned that ‘the street has become the new catwalk.’

It’s not identical to what’s in magazines, but it is taking these high fashion trends and reinventing them, by making it one’s own. Street style is a type of fashion that is personal and original. It is something that displays your personality but is still highly trendy. It may even be seen as provocative and divisive to many.

Take a look at these celebrity style icons and how they rock street style:

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Photographed: Rihanna –

kylie jenner 1

Photographed: Kylie Jenner –

rita ora 1

Photographed: Rita Ora –


Photographed: Cara Delevingne –

In my opinion street fashion is inspired by Eclectic style for instance collaborating vintage with leather, printed leggings with loose and oversized t-shirts, ripped jeans with oversized coats paired with trainers or t-shirt dresses with knee high socks. It is all about creating a unique and personalized statement.

Take a look at these UCT beauts and how they owned their street style look this week:

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Chanel Mthembu Harris photographed by Andrea George

“There are countless inspirations that influence my day-to-day style, but predominantly my biggest influences are Kanye West, Givenchy Art Director Riccardo Tisci, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner. I would describe my day-to-day style as a continuous battle between edgy and chic. My inspiration for this look was definitely drawn from the Kanye West x Adidas Originals Fall 2015 collection.”


Sarayn Subroyen Photographed by Andrea George

“I wear what I like and I dress for comfort. Street style definitely inspires my wardrobe choices. I love (fall in love synonym) looking edgy and bad ass.”

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Zachline Mashapu Photographed by Andrea George

“I chose this outfit because its based on simplicity and comfort. I love black, it makes me feel confident. Matching colours is very important for me, which is why I chose to wear a red top around my waist – it also adds that edgy kind of element to my outfit”

Take a look at these Street Style fashion pieces:

statement fleece dress - mr price  jay jays tee

Statement fleece dress @Mr Price – R129.99

Longer length Airtex printed tee @Jay Jays – R180.00

tassle top - mr price  beanie - mr price

Tassle tank top @Mr Price – R69.99

Hyped slogan beanie @Mr price – R49.99

These photos were definitely a change to my gallery. It was a lot edgier and very different from my normal girly girl ensembles. I have portrayed this outfit in two different ways.

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I am wearing black leather leggings bought from the china mall. A loose printed T-shirt from Sportscene that I absolutely love and a pair of black and white converse sneakers from Sportscene. Lastly I chose to accessorize by using a plain black beanie bought from Jay Jays and silver mirror sunglasses from Mr Price.

What is your Favourite Street Style?

Stay Fabulous xx

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