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Viva style de la rue! My apologies to my French friends.
Street style is my fascination. New York, London, Milan, and Paris always look so chic navigating the streets in their functional fashion.
I’m determined to start a street style movement in my community. My city is, well, um, very casual to put it nicely. In our defense, we live on the bay in the rainiest U.S. city bathed in heat and humidity. It’s not exactly a recipe for fashionable wear. Nothing says style like fabrics that stick to you when you walk.
We dress up for only two occasions — college football games and Mardi Gras balls. Dressing up for church is optional in some circles.
I would like to blame the casualization of society as many fashion commentators have done, but honestly, we were actually fashion forward in the casual wear trend before it became a trend.
I’m creating something that doesn’t exist. It’s exciting and daunting at the same time. So here’s a primer on street style a la Frugal Fashionista:
Street style (n): a form of fashion worn in public that combines fashion forwardness and ready-to-wear to create a functional personal style.
Take that, Webster!
I’m not sure if that’s the official definition. I think it’s close enough. If you type “street style” into a search engine, you get nil. If I’m off base, my New York friends can correct me.
Basically, if Victoria Beckham wears it to the airport, it’s probably street style. I mean, who doesn’t want to look like Victoria Beckham?
Mobile street style has to meet certain criteria.
(FYI: It’s pronounced Moe-BEEL for the non-locals — we’re a tad touchy about that.)
Here are my rules:
- Breathable fabrics
- Adaptable to the occasion
- Follows one’s personal style aesthetic
- No chevron prints (we have a unhealthy love affair that just won’t die)
The photo shoot was the brainchild of fellow fashion lover and photographer Katelyn Ullo of Kate Marie Photography. She pitched the idea of a fashion shoot in downtown. It was a first for us both.
Fashion shoots are hard work. I decided street style should be the theme. I ransacked my closet to find what I had that followed the theme. I purchased a few odds and ends, including a tutu FTW. Adults can wear tulle too, dang it. Some items were recent gifts.
After coordinating each look, I placed each piece of jewelry into plastic bags to avoid tangling. I created lists of all the brands and costs, along with detailed descriptions of each look to avoid leaving something at home.
On the day of the shoot, I changed in the backseat of my tiny Corolla while parked in a public parking lot. There’s little ventilation in the car. Ever changed in the floorboard while sweating? It’s not easy or pleasant. I have much more respect for professional models.
I’m unbelievably modest. There was a loft apartment across the street. Of course, a few young gentlemen were standing on the balcony. I really hope they couldn’t see what was going on from their vantage point. I seriously doubt they read this blog.
So, I channeled my inner Tyra, somewhat unsuccessfully. Disclaimer: I’m not a model. Katelyn was fantastic with direction. Despite her fabulous directing abilities, I confused smoldering with conflicted angry face. So, there’s that.
I also like hanging onto stuff.
In true Frugal Fashionista form, I’m posting an itemized list of clothing and makeup products for each look. I’m including any background information I have on each location. I’m educational that way.
Makeup and Nail Color:
- e.l.f. Mad for Matte palette
- Julep Fluid Eye Glider in jet black (upper lash line in winged cat eye)
- Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer liner In the Nude (waterline)
- Rimmel London Wonder’lash Mascara Waterproof Volume and Definition
- Julep Skip the Brush in Golden Guava (blush)
- Smashbox Photo Finish primer
- e.l.f. HD Mattifying Cream Foundation in Sand
- e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Pink Diamonds
- e.l.f. HD Lifting Concealer in Fair
- Nails (fingers): Julep in Rayma (4-free and vegan)
- Nails (toes): Trust Fund in Elegantly Wasted (vegan)
- Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Light Glow (my legs looked ah-mazing)
- Hair color: Aveda (cut and color by Whitney at Salon West 54 Hundred)
- Glasses: Geoffrey Beene (proceeds benefit charities)
Look 1: Cool Chic
This staircase belongs to an abandoned building. We suspect it housed a law firm at one time. Local law firms love expensive historical buildings.
Mobile was discovered by French settlers. It often doubles for New Orleans in movies because of the architectural resemblance. You may notice the French details in some of the photos.
- Hadi asymmetrical top (thrift store find): $4
- Vero Moda Taper-legged jogger pants (Target clearance): $15
- Collar & chain link necklace (NY and Co. sale): $8
- Gold bangles (NY and Co. sale): $12
- Glittering chain-link ear cuff (NY and Co. sale): $3
- Vera Wang open-toe heel: birthday gift from hubby
- Lipstick: Julep Light on Your Lips in Soiree
Total cost: $42
I essentially found a top that is a glorified ribbed tee. It adds a nice trendy element to the outfit. Casual with a twist. I can’t convince Mobilians to embrace frilly fabrics when they are used to athletic wear. Baby steps, my friends.
The shoes are amazingly comfortable. Vera Wang knows how to make a short girl feel fabulous.
I’m in love with the pants. They are seriously comfortable. I rolled them not for style purposes but for utilitarian reasons. I’m short. A girl has to be resourceful.
Katelyn says the jewelry looks Victorian. I was enamored with the colors. Sadly, the necklace tangled and broke. My father soldered it back together in time for this shoot. He calls it the necklace from hell. He’s colorful and dramatic like that.
Fun fact: I was trying to climb down the stairs without falling. My inner Tyra was asleep during this shot. Again, resourcefulness is fashionable.
Look 2: A Little Bit Boho
This is The Temple. It even has its own Wikipedia page. It’s one of the many historic buildings downtown.
Here I am hanging onto stuff again. For the record, all the photos involving swinging and hanging were born from my creative mind. I thought maybe it would elongate my leg line and show off the skirt. It worked. I’d buy that skirt again if I didn’t already own it.
- Magellan tank (I purchased from Academy years ago and self-mutilated for this shoot): $5
- Charlotte Russe lace midi skirt (clearance): $10
- Silver tassel necklace (NY and Co. sale): $12
- Blue pull-through drop earrings (NY and Co. sale): $7
- Forever 21 stiletto bootie: Christmas gift from Mom
- Lipstick: Loreal Colour Riche in Brazil Nut
I used Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. It’s makeup for your legs. I’m recovering from a mismatched sunburn from July (still) — pale people problems. I used it to even out my skin tone. It has a hint of shimmer. All this to say, my legs look amazing. I have never bragged on my legs before.
Legs and boots — the money shot. Thank you, Sally Hansen.
Look 3: French-Inspired Boho
This wall is part of the building housing Three George’s Candy & The Nuthouse.
It’s amazing how the color of the wall causes the outfit to pop.
The shirt was a gift from my friend Whitney. She gets me. She enables me in my Audrey fascination. Audrey and tulle. It’s a winning combination, really.
And here I am hanging onto a light pole.
My friend and colleague Tricia gave me the bag. She enables my bag obsession.
- Charlotte Russe Tulle Full Midi skirt: $27
- Old Navy graphic tee: gift
- Forever 21 Grey cami (under shirt): $2
- Charlotte Russe stiletto bootie (thrift): $6
- Buckle floppy hat: $25
- NY and Co. Crystal Accent Chain Pull-Through Earring (sale): $7
- Black and white animal print bag: gift
- Lipstick: Mary Kay Creme Lipstick in Red
Thank goodness for yoga. We moved the shoot to Bienville Square. I’m not sure what inspired this shot. I figured, hey, let’s hang off the bench and hope for the best.
This fountain is in Bienville Square. I love the little red tables.
This mural is located on the side of an anonymous building. I wanted to give a nod to post-punk 80’s British expression. We saw this painting and knew this is the backdrop we wanted. I wish I had information on the artist. This is all we found:
One Mobile is a non-profit volunteer initiative promoting community improvement and involvement. I’m not sure if they are responsible for the artwork, but it’s lovely.
This was the final product:
Look 4: Modern Woman On The Go
I have no idea to what the blue door is attached. We think it’s a converted apartment building. Clearly, the door would be part of a garage. I think the AAA sticker gives it away.
I replaced chevrons with plaid. I was curious to see how many prints I could combine in one outfit without going overboard. I also like the contrast of red with the orange lipstick.
Tricia is responsible for this bag as well. It’s an Elizabeth Arden.
- Black lattice-back shark bite top (thrift): $8
- NY and Co. plaid pants (sale): $35
- Merona snakeskin heels (thrift): $7
- Silver triangle studs (Wantable subscription box): $10
- Silver wire-wrapped bracelet (Wantable): $10
- Plaid infinity scarf (Wantable): $10
- Elizabeth Arden bag: gift
- Lipstick: Rimmel London Show Off Matte Lip Velvet in Orange-ology
I started mastering facial expressions by the end of the shoot. I think the venti Starbucks iced coffee finally kicked in after two hours. This is my attempt at smoldering. It’s less conflicted angry face and more pensive analytical face. Definitely an improvement.
I was trying to emulate Linda Evangelista from George Micheal’s Freedom ’90 video. She pulls her turtleneck closer to her face. It’s iconic. I tried it, but chose the less angry-looking face.
This ring was only $1. I bought it from Shop Miss A. I think it accents the outfit perfectly. Yay for cheap costume jewelry!
This is a catalog shot for sure. Thank you, Tricia, for the bag.
At the end of the shoot, I needed a shower and a nap.
Which look did you like best? Comment on this post and let me know why.
Blogger’s note: I received the photo session in exchange for promotion. All other products and places I mentioned did not sponsor this post. I purchased all of items mentioned. I linked the products for your convenience and personal inquiry.