Street Style

Easy Spring Street Style

Our sharp-shooting global trend reporters snapped these two adorable street-style spring looks. Then our editors picked similar Nordstrom styles to help you achieve them. All that’s left for you to do is to add shades and head to brunch.

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Coachella 2016 Street Style
Gimlet-eyed Kristin Yamada is busy snapping street-style starlets on the festival scene. Here are her photos to inspire your own rockin’ look and some wardrobe pieces to achieve the ensemble.

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Coachella 2016 Scene Snaps

Our global fashion reporter Kristin Yamada braved the heat, the fringe (it can hurt a person) and the body stickers to bring you shots of sunny fun on the festival scene.

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On the runways and FROWs of Fashion Week and in corporate offices around the world, sneakers are becoming acceptable footwear. These casualwear shoes have become more fashionable—and even outrageous—in recent years, and yet many still opt to sport the retro styles that put the brands on the street map decades ago. Whichever style they choose, tottering women are gratefully kicking off their heels to slide into a soft sole.

Preetma Singh in sneakers at Fashion Week

NYLON fashion director and street-style star Preetma Singh in a pair of tennies during Fashion Week shot by Crystal Nicodemus 

Here are some of the coolest, most inventive kicks around this spring, and the classic styles that inspired them.

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Feiyue Fe Lo classic and platform sneakers

Iconic: Feiyue. Fe Lo Classic sneaker | Inventive: Feiyue. Fe Lo Platform sneaker

This tennis shoe company was founded in Shanghai in the ’20s. Famed for its careful construction and flexible canvas, the shoe was prized by Shaolin monks and other martial artists for their agility. In 2006, Feiyue. was acquired by a French company, which continues to make these lightweight and durable sneaks but with some artful innovations.

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Dear Fashionista Reader,

We’re with you; although the site isn’t as splashy and image-filled as some, the email newsletters with their dishy trend and celeb features are spot on, and our lives are way better because of those crack reporters and their solid industry info. And yes, we did peep this week’s feature on rocking a tiara—so good!

_11771670Ashley Williams crystal tiara from SPACE, a shop for emerging and advanced designers

It’s possible that you may now be in the position of knowing how and when and where to place one of these bad boys on your head—if only you actually owned one. Well, dear reader, we’ve got our own tutorial right here, and it comes with a none-too-precious jeweled crown from SPACE designer Ashley Williams.

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How to Wear Turtlenecks

On account of the modest neckline, cloaking capabilities and hickey-hiding potential, turtlenecks have a reputation as a conservative clothing choice. But as these street-style stars show, that dull distinction is unwarranted. Turtlenecks can be sexy and daring, and are easily introduced as a foundational piece in the edgiest outfits.

Turtleneck looks spotted at Fashion WeekMany famous folks sport turtlenecks—check out this Tumblr for hilarious proof. But forget Steve Jobs’ basic black top. Ignore Kim Kardashian’s rubber numbers. Whether plain or as a layer in a carefully constructed look, turtlenecks are this season’s transitional piece.

Fashion Week offered plenty evidence that this classic shirt is keeping it cool.

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Cool comfort is the key to surviving the summer festival season in style. And shoes are your foundational piece. After all, you’ll be on your feet for hours and hours, likely over several days. No matter the weather, no matter the crowds, you need to be able to dash between stages, dance to songs, stand in lines and look great.

Birkenstocks have long been a favorite shoe of concertgoers. But forget their jam band rap—not that getting down to the Dead is anything to condemn—Birkenstock wearers cross musical genres and fashion styles.

Birkenstocks for Festival Season

So that your dancing feet remain ready and your fashion credibility doesn’t appear fishy—or Phishy—we recruited Nordstrom Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to offer some simple tips on wearing these comfy, cork-soled sandals.

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This article first appeared on our Men’s Shop blog

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If you’ve been searching for inspiration, you have it here: two ideas for how to wear a bomber jacket for spring. This light layer appeals equally to both men and women, so it seemed like the perfect topic for a cross-gender photo shoot using this cool couple.

All images were taken in our hometown of Seattle and feature models Sophia Phillips (also a stylist for us) and her special friend Jesse Brown, the muralist whose works are pictured as well. Photography is by art director Bobby Kelly. Major props go to senior stylist Jodi Taylor for putting together these outfits with commentary and links.

We should point out that Sophia’s bomber, seen above, is a men’s jacket. When it comes to bombers, “men’s” and “women’s” aren’t incredibly meaningful designations. Wear what looks right and call it good!

And keep Jodi’s words of wisdom in mind.

SHOP: rag & bone bomber (“Focus” bomber, seen on Jesse above, available in select stores) | Levi’s jeans | Bedwin & the Heartbreakers reversible bomber | Topshop crop top | Topshop jeans

–Andrew Matson

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How to layer for spring? Nordstrom senior stylist Jodi Taylor has the answers.

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Images by Nordstrom art directors Bobby Kelly and Kari Pearson

Modeling/kickflipping by BenadriLL

The styling here is about the proportional balance of the outfit. The bomber is normal length, meaning relatively short, but the shirt is longer. And the pants are cropped. Notice how the shirt works with the bookending jacket and pants. It’s harmonious to alternate lengths like that. If everything were short and cropped, the pieces would be competing. It would be too much. And as a general guideline, you don’t want anything to hit halfway down your body. This look roughly sticks to the rule of thirds, which is pleasing to the eye.

–Jodi Taylor

Shop: bomber jackets | Zanerobe longline shirtTAVIK cropped pants | Stan Smiths

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Now that Paris Fashion Week has wrapped up Fashion Month, our final street-style story from the last round of shows highlights all the must-have shoes on the feet of the industry’s most stylish ladies. It’s a thing we like to do. Click on a pair to shop these showstoppers or similar styles right now.

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

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