With Team Manila looking to outrun EDSA, and Republ1c's recent opening in Eastwood, we're hearing the street wear buzz loud and clear. What the hell is street wear? And what's the big deal about it?
It's an offshoot of the 80s skatewear trend—fat sneakers, comfortable shorts, boards in tow. But as the 80s rolled into the 90s, so did skatewear evolve into streetw ear. According to Fats Shariff, one of street wear's pioneers it was the Japanese who really put the trend up a notch, thereby making it into an everyday staple. From mere clothing, the Japanese began to include gadgets, toys, the works.
With it encompassing a myriad of things, street wear has become tightly connected with the youth. Rooted in skateboarding, the bulk of it is still influenced by extreme sports. Take for instance the kids' current obsession with wakeboarding, longboarding, and the whole business of Camsur-ing. Elements of these sports have become an everyday thing. Bringing to mind wakeboarding booties, high-cut sneaers are a regular sight on the commute. And because music has always been a top priority, large earphones are rather popular these days.
With local retailers bringing in street wear into their own lineups, the look is sure to be more affordable in the near future. And with affordability comes popularity.
Check out the gallery to see how you can add a dash of street wear into your gear.
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Check out our gallery to see how you can inject a bit of street wear into your everyday gear
Complete the look with sunnies that are very now, very modern, very young
Supra is yet another brand associated with skateboarding. These wide, high-cut sneaks bring wakeboarding booties to mind
If Skull Candy's chunky headphones isn't too much your style, these slick WeSC pair might just do the trick
This is a pair of KR3W. Reeking of the urbane, KR3W is a brand that caters to skateboarding
It's not unusual for street wearers to bring along their boards
Skull Candy earphones are in the rage. You cannot not look given its size and style. Available at Republ1c
Shirts, obviously are a staple. Look for those with vintage looking prints and you're good to go. This one is by Team Manila
Wakeboarding, being one of the kids' present hobbies, have become an influence in street wear
Rooted in skatewear, vintage (or vintage-style) sneakers is the one constant thing that defines streetwear. This Nike SB pair is vintage in all the right places