Uptown – A Street Style Editorial By Akin Faminu


Dressed down tailoring, prints,casual styling and detailed accessorizing are probably some of the corner stones of impeccable street style!

Seen again and again over the years, re-invented in a thousand and one ways by the fashion forward folk, especially at the fashion havens of street style. The Fashion week season, from New York to Pitti Uomo, Milan, London, South Africa and even here, our very own Lagos!

It is not news that street style is always in business, all year round, there really isn’t any season that is specific to street style, rather it revolves around every season. What then makes our street style as Africans identifiable?

Before we go there, you are probably wondering why this editorial is called uptown. Popular word right? Lol. Uptown Funk maybe? I’m certain you have heard of downtown also. In our very brief English lesson today, uptown means residential, downtown means commercial. Makes sense yet? Yes! I know too. You would not want to turn up in casual street style to the office now, would you? So nope, not downtown, uptown!

From split separates to tailored looks teamed with performance wear, menswear has given Savile Row pomp its orders! But then comes the question of identity. African style really cannot be done better than us Africans, you know? Why not infuse a piece of detail, or even the entire outfit in a thoroughly African or Afrocentric fashion.

The concept behind this look is rather obviously “Dressed Down Tailoring” – a tailored jacket, paired with distressed jeans, a pair of Chelsea boots, a fedora hat, and a shirt (made from ankara fabric – Identity, ladies and gentlemen) 👌🏼

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Particularly enjoyed this look because there was something different about it, and that I appreciate 😊

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So if you find yourself, uptown, in familiar environs, or even the unfamiliar, make an effort to express your identity through your style, after all, that is why we love fashion, for the right to endless expression!

Thank you so much for reading guys, I appreciate your support always, feel free to drop a comment, I love hearing back from you, what do you think? It’s just one click away 😉

Have a wonderful week 😊 Wish you the very best! God bless you ❤





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