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Style Advisor: The Street Style That Won Paris Fashion Week

Style Advisor: The Street Style That Won Paris Fashion Week

At a time when critics are hailing the ‘end of streetwear’, the street style set showed up in full force to defend its honour in Paris, the last stop on the fashion circuit. Okay, so, the term ‘streetwear’ and the phenomenon it refers to may have mutated from its home-grown, DIY origins, but it’s now at its luxury peak and hallmarks of the genre are every insider’s favourite. However you define it, the streets of Paris were awash with high-fashion streetwear references – hoodies, oversized blazers, baggy jeans and trainers in every shape, size and colour imaginable from brands that include Balenciaga, Gucci and Valentino. To celebrate the end of PFW, here are some of our favourite street style trends of the season.

Elias Riadi from PAQ wearing a jewel-green silk suit and printed logo T-shirt from Vivienne Westwood on his way to the show in Paris

THE SUIT

The epitome of masculine style, the suit has undergone a natty little upgrade in recent years. With men in suits on the decline, designers have upped their game to appeal to our modern sensibility. Teamed with T-shirts, jeans and other items of clothing more commonly associated with a casual dress-code, the key to rocking a suit these days is breaking the rules. Branch out with luxe fabrics, disco-inspired cuts and jewel-bright colour schemes, or keep it low-key with pin-stripes and tweed in an oversized fit.



THE ACCESSORIES

The meteoric rise of Virgil Abloh’s cult label Off-White is due in no small part to the raw appeal of its signature industrial accessories. Practical, wearable and instantly-recognisable, they’re a mainstay of every fashion week, not just the brand’s Parisian home. Get your accessories arsenal to full charge with statement pieces – belt bags and shades with coloured lenses that are guaranteed to draw envious glances from passers-by.

A man at Paris Fashion Week wearing an orange roll-neck knitted jumper with a leather jacket and an Off-White industrial strap bag with reflective lens sunglasses


A man at Paris fashion week wearing a blue, pink and red printed oversized shirt with an oversized pinstripe blazer and white chinos

THE SHIRT

Spring is in the air, hailing the return of the short-sleeved shirt to our wardrobes. Cuban shirts, Hawaiian shirts, Guayaberas – whatever you want to call them, there was a wealth of playfully printed tops out on the streets of Paris. The garment has an air of louche sophistication about it – best worn when holidaying in the south of France or causing mayhem in Las Vegas. Marni, Prada and Saint Laurent are serving up some of the best this season, in a range of abstract prints, colourful stripes and rock ‘n’ roll motifs respectively.



THE SILHOUETTE

If we learned one thing in Paris, it was that bigger is definitely better. Too often we are intimidated by an oversized silhouette, when actually we should be embracing every inch of it. After what feels like decades of skinny jeans and slim fits, a return to baggier, looser clothes feels like a breath of fresh air. And they’re supremely comfortable, too. Make your first foray into the trend with a puffer of exaggerated proportions before graduating onto the truly revolutionary piece in roomy dressing – the baggy jean. Large and in charge.

A man at Paris Fashion week wearing a green oversized puffer coat with a green printed T-shirt and grey Off-White suit trousers with a black chain belt


Photography: Matthew Brann