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Europe Does it Better: Streetwear Edition

European culture has influenced fashion for over a century. Let’s just say I wouldn’t mind walking the streets of Paris or Milan wearing the latest styles.

Each country in Europe does streetwear differently, and has their own style and fashion trends. However, one thing they do have in common is that everyone dresses to impress at all times.

Photographed by Acielle / Style du Monde

European streetwear screams high fashion and good quality fabrics. The monochrome look on the left includes some of the biggest trends in streetwear today.

Taken in Paris, the man in the emerald green outfit wears a turtleneck tucked into trousers with folds at the top and taper at the bottom. He accessorizes with a chunky chain necklace and a coin purse attached to a string of pearls. Finished with black sunglasses, a patterned scarf through his belt loops, a black umbrella, gray and blue platform shoes, and finally a blue and green mask.

Let’s state the obvious: the accessories add so much dimension to this solid outfit. Imagine if he had just worn the turtleneck tucked into the trousers with boring sneakers. It would be a monochrome look and slightly boring.

In looking at Parisian streetwear, it is clear that Parisian culture places an emphasis on accessories and tailored pieces.

Photographed by Style Du Monde

Layering also plays a key role in Parisian streetwear and culture. It adds dimension and different textures come together to create a new look. Adding new elements to each outfit and demonstrating the different ways pieces can be worn.

Note to self: when walking the streets of Paris wear layers and lots of accessories.

These looks seem simple. But the more I look, the more I see another layer or different texture. Using basic everyday items to create high fashion looks is a talent that I would say the citizens of Paris have mastered.