Street Series: Spring Style
Hip Locals Tell Us What They Like & What To Expectby Fashion Fauxpas / Photos: Tommy Chandler
If youíre anything like us and havenít purchased clothes since Sisqů released the Thong Song, you probably need some new ideas for the wardrobe. Since starving writers can hardly afford a season pass and are forced to wear their significant othersí underwear until they can scrounge up laundry money, you canít expect us to budget a trip to L.A. or New York to research fashion. Instead we did the lazy thing and asked a few hip Park City, UT, locals to give us the scoop on what ideas they have and what trends they anticipate this spring.
Michaela Ė barista; upscale mountain style
I like to call accessorizing (watches and sunglasses), ďsuccessorizingĒ. Successorizing is important now and will be crucial this spring and summer. I see brands experimenting with new prints and even mixing prints, and I also see the summer trends featuring a lot of hot colors this year. I definitely shop online for good deals and look for hot outfits that I canít find locally.
Tank tops and high-quality denim are always hot, and Iím definitely planning on getting more creative with my outfits and jewelry. Lots of jewelry is a good thing this summer. Itís important to me to have my own look, but itís hard to take risks and be super trendy in a small town where everyone knows everyone. I think thatís one of the advantages women in big cities have; the ability to be anonymous means they can push fashion further than we can.
Casey Ė student; laid-back yet classy
These days, shopping is definitely a luxury. Iím looking to vintage and thrift stores with more creativity than before. I am definitely looking forward to spring fashion and canít wait to wear lighter fabrics and sundresses. I still shop online and at local retailers, but not as much as before. Accessorizing is going to be really important this spring, as a way to be creative with outfits and save money without looking stale. Itís definitely important to stand out and have my own look; fashion is an extension of my personality and gives me an opportunity to take risks.
Author's Note: Since we met Bernard and Jamie in a bar and only had access to the beat-up point-and-shoot camera stored in the trunk of our friend's car, we decided to substitute a few higher quality shots of two dudes from the office. Enjoy.
Bernard Ė student; casual skate style
Iím basically a goal-oriented shopper. I know what I want, and I spend a day trying to find it. Sometimes I shop online when I canít find what Iím looking for in a shop, but I donít like to shop all that often. I like to take one day every few months and just spend all day looking for what I need. I feel like fashion is pretty casual right now. Sure, thereís the whole hipster thing happening, and that seems to be a pretty engrained trend, but my friends and I are more laid-back. Give me a hoody and a laid-back pair of jeans, and Iím good.
Jamie Ė marketing; trendy but still laid-back
The recession hasnít affected me too much. I still work, and I still just put my clothes on the credit card. I do like having a more unique style than the people around me, so I shop online a lot to make sure Iím finding rare styles and pieces that arenít being sold locally, but I also spend time in shops and will buy a classy tee if Iím really feeling it. Iím not that seasonal a shopper. I donít have a problem getting a couple years out of my jackets and pants, and I think itís easier because we really only have two seasons where I live.
One thing Iím definitely seeing is that while it seems like kids are starting to look a bit cleaner in general, thereís definitely a í70s thing going on with long hair, captainís hats, rocker pants, and classic Vans, but mostly itís just more fashionable to be casual right now. No one should be trying too hard to look fashionable.
No matter where or how you shop, looking fresh and creative has benefits beyond just being able to score a couch to crash on or getting free drinks. You might be planning to re-use and re-assign the favorites in your wardrobe this year; maybe you are planning to save up for a couple key new styles; or maybe you have access to dad's credit card. However you are planning to make an impression this spring and summer, our buyers did the hard work and found the hottest pieces from their favorite brands to give you new options and ideas: