5 lessons to learn from Berlin street style

Edgy, alternative, and eclectic are the best words to describe Berlin, Germany’s fashion capital. The city is known for its multiculturalism and open minded energy. The artistic atmosphere along with the creative community and the massive music scene made Berlin so vibrant and full of life. The local fashionistas are surrounded by their own arty beat and it’s rare to find  uniformity in the way Berliners dress. The only rule is that there are no rules. So it should come as no surprise that even the most conservative piece will get an avant-garde treatment.

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city became the symbol of liberalism and anti-conformism. Even the graffiti in every corner of the city are more colourful and defiant than in any other European city. The street fashion reflects this city vibe. Here, it’s all about edgy streetwear rather than high-end, glamour looks.

We thought it would be great to break down some street style photos of the electric city.

Photo: Søren Jepsen

Too cool for school 

Berlin’s underground scene is the best platform to evoke your hipster side, so no wonder Berlin has become the hipster capital of the world. The “anti-chic” style, the attraction to dark colours and grungy looks the city is known for will put your fashion forward look to a test, simply because it’s almost impossible to beat their cool attitude. From distressed clothing and biker jackets to avant-garde pieces, think rough boots, flannel shirt, studs details and quirky accessories. Combine all together to create an original look. 

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Rules are made to be broken 

In this tolerant cosmopolitan city, there is no dress code. Over the years, Berlin has become a hotspot for fashion industry, designers, and creatives. It is flooded with independent designers and boutiques that will recharge your creativity. No doubt it is the world leader in street style that requires thinking “outside the box”. Their mantra is ‘Make anything old look new again’ and they achieve it by mixing vintage and high street for the perfect urban layers look. In this city of no style rules, a tough jacket can team with ultra feminine pants; mixing busy prints are never too loud and bright summer items are not only for sunny days.

Street style at Berlin Fashion Week
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Vintage paradise

Second hand clothing stores are very popular in Berlin. The locals’ love affair with vintage shops provide you the perfect platform to recreate your own style and will blow your mind with inspirations. In the heart of Berlin,Mitte, you can find fashion boutiques that sell vintage accessories such as brim bowler hats or retro sunglasses and fashion garments like tutu skirts and leather goods. The exclusive vintage designer pieces prosper alongside new vintage from big names in the fashion industry such as Vivienne Westwood or Bernhard Willhelm. They allow you to mix and match and create a look that is all about being fun and unique.

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Photo: Søren Jepsen

Think green

The fashion scene in Berlin is also motivated by sustainable production and eco friendly thinking. Slowly but surely green concept is getting more recognition and becoming more accessible for local costumers. Eco Fashion brands have managed to step into conventional Fashion Week and this is already making sustainability easier. Berlin’s relaxed and nonchalant attitude goes hand in hand with the way they open up to new perspectives. It leads them to seek alternatives to mass production common in the fast fashion world. The result: ethical and affordable fashion brands that are using recycled materials spread across the city.

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Photo: WWD

Free love, 1oo% comfort

The street style in Berlin puts a lot of effort on feeling comfortable. Unlike other big cities in Europe, functionality plays a major role here. No more body-con dresses or stilettos. The attitude in Berlin is more relaxed with loose-fitting silhouettes and easy shapes like flowy skirts, A-shape dresses, or boyfriend jeans. Whether it’s blurring the lines between feminine and masculine elements for a casual look or dressing up for a glamourous night, keep in mind that your outfit should allow you to breathe and be loose enough to move around in. You can resonante a fresh energy without feeling like you are trying too hard.

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Photo: Søren Jepsen

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New York Fashion Week Street Style Report

Spring / Summer ’17 shows in New York once again brought together a diverse play of prints, fits, and vibes. While the runways were shining with a fresh scent of spring summer visions, street style lived here, in this moment. We were able to view an eclectic collection of on-my-way-to-a-show moments at the fashion capital. The streets were decorated with style stars in stunning candy-tones and monochrome fits, not to mention that the concrete jungle heat wave stopped no attendees from projecting their best looks this fashion week. You’re currently obsessing over sparkly slides, puffy sleeves, or silky jewel-toned slips, and we are too. These are the few of many ensembles that played our hearts.

Velvet Dreams

We saw it all over Victoria Beckham‘s runway, and it’s making its way back into our lives in all shades and forms. Summer sun brought these velvet looks to life, and we can’t wait to channel our textural love this fall.

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Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland strutting down in their matching looks- on and off the Rebecca Minkoff runway.

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Rainbow hair, silk ties, flare bottoms AND blue velvet boots? Irene is always fashion week ready.

Lemonade

Yellow was a favourite colour on the streets.

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We adore this layered look. Take note, only half of your dress tucked in for your next occasion.

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Kate Foley’s Balloon sleeves! It’s shaping the trends.

Silky Slips

Easy breezy silk slips strolled down the streets- from blush to jewel tones, we’re loving all of these effortless looks, as they double the fun for accessorizing and layering.

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Leandra Medine and Amelia Diamond’s best friend coordinates in action.

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Rock n’ roll vibes from model Sora Choi’s off-duty look. Romantic blush slip paired with all black accessories. Now, this  really speaks her style.

Wrapped in Pink

Soft pink tones head-to-toe, wrapped silhouettes, and the comfiest footwear to make the NYFW rush a little more dainty.

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Lovely texture and colour details- plus, a metallic accessory. How would you recreate this look?

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Toronto’s favourite blogger Justine strolling down the streets of NYC in pastel tones. Pop of baby blue makes the cut!

Party Pants

Satin, suede, velvet, and, denim. Pants were a staple in all cuts and fits.

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With a play on texture, fit, or colour, this duo proves to be layering experts.

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Ruffles on pants, these are some amazing party pants.

Denim + Denim

Denim on denim on denim… The Canadian Tuxedo never gets old.

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This time around, we spotted quite a number of dresses over denim on our favourite street style captures.

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Team Novella, LOVE. Our Editor-in-Chief Drew Brown and Fashion Editor Ryan Wohlgemut rocking their denim looks.