Street Style, 2011 Special
When we’re wandering about town with a looming lens looking for likely entries for our Street Style pages, we don’t really concern ourselves with prescribed notions of this season’s hot looks. Brighton’s too individual a place for that, which explains the propensity of independent and vintage boutiques that cram the North Laine and beyond. People here really know how to dress – not necessarily head-to-toe in 1930s couture but with a real mix-and-match sensibility that merges high street quick with quirky tricks. Nothing is the new anything in a city that rocks Gok-avoidance and goes its own way.
You can always generalise for the sake of précis, but that belittles our style down to its lowest common denominator. Yes we know everyone’s wearing DMs and Converse, yes we know about skinny jeans – we could just shut our eyes and point the camera to snap someone in those. But Brighton folk will always top and tail it with something individual. It might not always work – SOURCE discussions about this page get heated every month over ‘just right’ or ‘just wrong’, but we’d always rather you ran the risk than played it safe.
We’ve snapped Bethan here a couple of times around town recently – always striking, always stylish. Here’s the lowdown on the look, followed by a selection of styles that caught our eye around town in 2011:
Cream Mac from Burberry
Red and white striped shirt from Kate & Aud
Black pencil skirt from Balyis & Knight
Red vintage kitten heels and cream vintage bag from Marina boot sale
WORDS BY NICK COQUET
PHOTOS BY KEVIN MEREDITH