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Using Urban Fashion in Your Designer Wardrobe

by Kenyatta D. Pious
Urban fashion grew out of African-American roots and was associated originally with R&B and Hip-Hop. With its mixture of sporty, ready-to-wear clothing and upscale designer gear, urban fashion is a unique statement made with every outfit, and stylish pieces can be combined to great effect. The urban fashion look is a favorite among some celebrities. For example, Beyoncé might mix House of Deréon with Alexander McQueen, while Jay-Z might combine Rocawear with Givenchy. Here are a few ideas you might like to try out.

The sporty look

Sportswear has always been an integral part of urban fashion, and among the most popular clothing options are basketball, baseball and workout shirts for men. By incorporating urban fashion into your wardrobe, you can stay stylish even while working out. Retailers such as tommiecopper.com bridge the gap between functional sportswear items and fashionable clothing, with their copper compression range.

You have so much choice when it comes to putting together an everyday outfit that it can be difficult to know where to begin. Try building layer on layer, starting with, for example, animal print jeans or leggings teamed with a basketball jersey and topped with a white leather jacket – alternatively, brightly colored leather, say red or green, is very versatile and extremely chic. Finish the look with eye-catching colored canvas and denim sneakers and you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

Graphic print leggings will give you an exciting and unexpected dash of color. You can choose sporty cloth leggings that breathe, which will stay comfortable all day, or the stretch variety, some of which improve your figure and flatter your legs. In the same way, skinny cargo pants are a great alternative to acid-washed denim jeans, and they look great when teamed with a cropped top and regular ankle-cut sneakers.

T-shirts are a mandatory part of an urban fashion wardrobe and can be dressed down or up to create any sort of look you like. If you’re into music, you could pick up a top inspired by your favorite band at your next live concert and wear it with a military-style jacket, acid-washed jeans and sneakers or a pair of ankle boots.

Dressing up

For a more formal occasion, why not start with a black tight-fitting dress - - choose one with an interesting neckline or a cutout section and team it with wedge or high-top sneakers. Metallic accessories and accent pieces such as a belt or a clutch can add an edgy vibe, while a chic, signature hat will make sure you stand out from the crowd. Don’t forget the bling – statement jewelry is a must for a big occasion.

Military jackets are particularly versatile when it comes to smart social events. They go really well with most types of dresses – including full-length ones – and you can wear them over a short sequined dress or a tight-fitting one in body-con style. Another idea is to team your formal jacket with a very short, frilly or tutu style skirt.

The trick to achieving an urban fashion style is to dress with a focus on one or two designer items, then supplement these with sports or street wear. Choose sporty items with big logos, as per the 1990s, and strut your stuff with confidence, whether dressing for a casual outing or a special occasion.