This article looks into the options out there for casual street wear. It examines many different available modern brands and styles as well as comparing similar products from different brands ranges. It will also give advice on where to purchase these brands and items and what to look for in a website selling clothes to ensure you do not get counterfeit goods.
Clothing is becoming an increasingly important part of peoples image in this day and age. In the past people would be very particular about the clothes they wore to work or to parties but give little regard to their casual clothes. The attitude seems to have taken a drastic turn with many people spending much more on branded casual clothes and opting for cheaper supermarket work clothing that can be simply used and repurchased when worn. To represent this shift in consumer spending many large brands have developed that fill in the casual clothes market and have become recognised as household names. The styles available can massively vary from retro t-shirts and jeans to smarter polo shirts and cardigans. We will be looking mainly at shoes and shirts for the basis of this article.
Casual shoes these days seem to be split into a few distinctive styles, there are the standard trainers, slip on flat shoes, high back trainers and thick design skate or street sports shoes.
The standard trainer is commonly associated with big sports brands such as Adidas and Nike, it is commonly perceived to be “tacky” to wear these kinds of shoes with the smarter casual where available these days but their primary use endures as sports equipment. If worn with the right set of clothes anyone can pull trainers off but make sure you dont go with a smart pair of jeans and a shirt cardigan combo.
Pumps or slip on shoes have become increasingly popular in the last three years, they were launched forward by alternative clothing brands such as Vans to target a unisex market (although extreme designs or colours often corner some styles for a gender). They go well with either a casual or smart casual style and come in a massive range of colours and patterns. Their popularity has recently grown even further with many mainstream brands taking the style on (especially for women) and making slightly more elegant versions of what originally existed.
The high back trainers style is most commonly associated with the Converse or Converse Classics shoe design. These shoes tend to be made of a canvas material which is comfy and breathable and tends to lend itself to plainer designs. They are often available in a selection of neutral colours meaning they can fit in with many outfits. Their plain design also lends them to a smart feel however they can still appear very trainerish if you are planning a smart-casual look.
The thick designed trainers more commonly known as skate shows are more much more widely than they were 5 years ago. They are strongly associated with the skate and rock scenes and the Vans brand. They feature robust styling and high durability and go well with a more casual look. They look very much like standard trainers but styled to be much flatter and wider.