How Streetwear Restyled the World
Streetwear has indisputably progressed over the past three decades. LOL-worthy tees and logoed tracksuits have moved from being the staple of rebellious to being the inspiration for numerous big-name high fashion brands. As an industry, streetwear has evolved from its hip-hop roots to an accepted cultural statement the world over. In its journey, streetwear has revolutionized ideas and ideals of people of different nations and cultures. Here is a brief look at how streetwear brands have changed the world.
Growth of an Industry
Look around and you’ll find one thing or the other inspired by streetwear, or what we now call the hypebear.
Streetwear is no longer an accepted form of dressing just for teenagers and rebellious people in their 20s. Online, stars like 14-year-old Gully Guy are making a name for themselves by posting selfies of themselves in Supreme or Palace. Both these brands are considered streetwear royalty. Similarly, stylists are dedicating time to keep streetwear fans apprised of the latest pieces on the market on sites such as Hypebear and Highsnobiety. Logo tracksuits, graphics t-shirts, cargo pants and fatigues are no longer just the staple of the hip-hop industry. They have taken over the world of high fashion and open-minded workspaces.
Streetwear has taken the world from being skeptical of its rebellious nature to appreciating it. The ideals of the streetwear subculture are slowly replacing the rigidness of past generations.
Fans of streetwear know that the style owes much of its inspiration to hip-hop. Before going mainstream, streetwear was a way for African American and Latino rappers and singers to pay tribute to their backgrounds. However, endorsement by influential Caucasian cultural icons as well as big name brands in the fashion industry such as Louis Vuitton has transformed streetwear into a tool for inclusion. High fashion has always been primarily white; streetwear is an inclusive, all-people form of self-expression.