The urban style has only come about recently, which makes perfect sense since it's a culture that has emerged from large cities. It obviously takes a long time for large cities to form but also, to gather a fashion culture that is unique and separate to a particular city. However, once thing is clear; the central nerve that runs through the middle in the urban style is that it's designed around some principles. It must be comfortable and allow full mobility. These two are important when you live in a capital city with millions of people. Going into the city center for work, hopping on rush hour trains and buses, and navigating through hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, your clothes need to be rugged in a sense that however fast you move, they will keep up with you. However, just like one would expect from a cosmopolitan culture, the urban style keeps evolving and some would say, doesn’t even have a definitive look. Denim plays a big role, but so does leather. On the other hand, depending on the season, the urban style incorporates dresses, heels, shorts, hats and cute t-shirts. Feel lost and in need of inspiration?
The go-between dress
Dresses are part of the formal way of dressing for women, however, just like the formal attire for men, they have been created in more casual styles. For men, shirts and blazers have been made into everyday wear, because if you want to look sharp but not go over the top just for your casual wear, then you have to approach it differently. Three main options for the dress have appeared over the years. The first was the maxi dress that was simply too long and loose to be considered suitable for city life. The mini dress was a little too short and tight for waking up and putting on for work, as you can imagine. So the go-between was wholly accepted by the urban sprawl and is now called the midi dress.
The midi dress can come in literally countless styles. It's perhaps one of the most versatile clothing items in all of women’s fashion. Although they do share some similarities, don’t confuse a midi dress with a shirt dress, although both are great choices for an urban environment. The midi dress has some principles for how it should look. However, you can point out the two main things, those being that it should at least be down to knee height but no longer than the small of your leg and, it must be streamlined i.e. figure hugging. As you can see, it scavenges ideas from both the maxi and the mini, making for a practical dress that can be worn in the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan city.
Mixing tops with jeans
We all know that the jean is truly at home in an urban environment. But, what kind of tops in the urban style go really well with jeans of all cuts? The long sleeve t-shirt is one of the more safer options as it's simple, practical and allows for a lot of experimentation with design and style. However, for the true urban look, you should stick to greys, whites and blues as the main color. Feel free to be eclectic with the designs however, but the canvas for your inspiration should be in a darker color. One of the styles seen on Stylinity, is a draped trench coat in a showroom white, and worn with a flare hem tank top. Straight leg jeans add a little more length to the outfit and compliment the loose trench coat. In fact you can get inspiration from lots of ordinary women that are styling the urban look as exactly as it is in cities like London and New York. You can click on one of the outfits you like and be immediately shown what the woman pictured is wearing and even get coupons for the clothes themselves.
Boots/heels made for walking?
One thing to note about the urban style is that in many respects it is defiant. On paper it wouldn’t make sense for certain fashion items and styles to exist comfortably in such a large urban sprawl. However, where there is a will there's a way and women that live in the city have not taken no for an answer and decided to incorporate clothes that wouldn’t fit, after some changes. For example, it would make sense to wear flat shoes when walking up to 1 or 2 miles in a working day. You’re catching trains and walking up and down long high streets. However boots have remained at the forefront of urban fashion.
One of the styles is the edgy boot. Sharp and triangular at the tip, high-quality leather, and use of brass buttons to tighten it around your foot, makes for a perfect urban shoe. It also has a thick but slightly tall heel, while wrapping around your ankle. Gothic boots have made a big comeback, and can now be seen being worn in suede rather than leather. They are a harder more masculine style of footwear, hence why the urban woman can now get it in a softer material. The stiletto has been given a slightly subdued look in the modern age, as now this pointed ankle boot can be worn in suede as well. The heels are also broader and slightly shorter than in previous decades. However, the use of steel zips makes them easy to put on and take off. A lot of practical questions have been asked and answered of boots and heels. The modern urban style wants to be just as practical as fashionable, hence these subtle changes.
The urban style is the ultimate scavenger. It takes many things from different styles and shapes them accordingly to the life and fashion desires of those living in among a concrete jungle. Fashion and practical needs go hand in hand, and this is why the midi dress is so popular among the chic class sat in coffee shops in capital cities. However, mixing different tops with jeans has become the main focal point, as jeans are rugged and comfortable so looking good in them is top priority.