Paris Fashion: Street Treat


S T R E E [ T ] R E A T by elena-m-velez featuring Pied a Terre

Hipster culture in France is a trichotomy of grunge, music infusion and ultrachic. A little leather, a little lace, street style in Paris is a double dose of on-the-go cool. Hipster style has culminated in recent years because of a new influx of young people contributing to popular culture and fashion. A revitalization of ’90s culture is apparent: flannel button-downs tied at the waist, camo, overalls, sweetheart shapes and the classic graphic tee. Hipster fashion is an elusive double-edged blade—the second mainstream culture catches its scent, its “cool factor” is lost, but when it comes to Paris fashion, young people keep the trend alive by interpreting it in their own way.

Whether it be the classic ex-boyfriend jeans with combat boots and a rocker tee, or mom’s old denim jacket paired with a glam Chanel statement piece, hipster street style in Paris makes for a laid-back fashion-forward look that is the epitome of hipster culture: effortless, cool.

Recently, the hipster culture has taken a turn for the grunge side with brands like Dimepiece LA, CHMPGN and Boy London leading the frontier of nonconformist, rebellious fashion. Take a trip to the 9th and visit Stephane Ashpool’s up-and-coming brand Pigalle Paris, and pick up a custom-printed shirt, cap or sweater, showing your allegiance to the underground scene of Parisian street fashion. Toss on your favorite Brooklyn We Go Hard pullover with a pair of distressed denim and a pair of Converse to complete your authentic, Paris certified hipster look. Hipster culture in Paris is all about promoting individuality as well as paying tribute to current trends through personal interpretation. Fit into the crowd at an underground rock show, work a cool and comfy leather skirt and denim vest duo on your way to the record shop or catch the eye of a supersleek DJ babe at a nightclub in Pigalle: unlocking the art of hipster street style is a trend tool every girl should keep in her closet.

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