The A-Z Guide To Fashion Week Street-Style Stardom

If you've ever wondered whether people actually wear some of the outfits you see show-goers donning during New York Fashion Week, you may be onto something. For fifty weeks of the year, wearing a six-inch stiletto sandal with a fur coat and a top hat are not just impractical — they're improbable. But, in the age of Instagram, Snapchat, street-style photographers turned media companies, going hard with your outfit during those other two weeks can be more important than going to the shows. While it can be tempting to step out your comfort zone in the hopes of getting photographed, the perfect Fashion Week outfit should actually be polished and practical.

Any Fashion Week vet or experienced street-styler knows that sky-high heels aren't going to cut it for a day of running around town. They plan their outfits for weeks to narrow in on the next big thing, and often focus on footwear that's both statement making and comfortable enough to wear from show to show.

The key to a forward-thinking ensemble is standing out without looking like you tried. So, we've rounded up a few trendy pieces — from A-Z — that are guaranteed to bring you five minutes of stardom come Fashion Week.
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Assymetric Tops

Way more interesting than your typical peplum, an asymmetric hem adds a bit of drama, but is easy to pair with jeans or wide-leg trousers.
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Bell-Sleeve Dresses

The photographers won't be able to resist that exaggerated sleeve blowing in the wind.
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Cape Coats

Because you know everyone's wearing their jackets over their shoulders anyway.
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Decorative Denim

Paint splatters, glitter, bedazzling — nothing is off-limits with the new wave of denim jackets.
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Detailing that's street-style worthy is luxe and eye-grabbing.
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The bigger the better — whether cropped or grazing the ground, we have a feeling flares will be more prominent than skinnies outside the shows.
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On shoes, denim, and dresses alike, grommets add visual interest to an otherwise-classic piece. Combined with colorblocking, these heels are camera-candy and comfortable enough to run around in all day.
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High-Neck Blouses

Forget a sexy, low plunge — when it comes to tops, we're going high necked and buttoned-up. Added points for a bow to top it all off.
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Indie Tees

What all the models-off-duty will be sporting.
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Jackets With Patches

Personalization through patches gives you extra street-style cred and makes you stand out in a sea of sameness.
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Knee-High Boots

These aren't just any knee-high boot. The unexpected cutouts add a punch of weirdness that's "ugly-cute."
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It's just too pretty to resist. The trick is to layer and style it in a unique way, like over a printed blouse or contrasting turtleneck.
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Masculine Coats

Forget peacoats and A-lines — it's all about boxy, menswear-inspired outerwear if you're new to the street-style game.
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Novelty Pins

Pins are making a comeback, but they're way cooler than the ones you used to collect at Disney World. This one's a must for the Insta-obsessed.
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Off-Duty Hoodie

Think Fashion Week is about dressing to the nines? Break the rules with a logo hoodie to stand out from the stilettos.
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Patch Jeans

Whether you sew vintage patches on yourself or buy a statement pair that's high-end, don't show up to Fashion Week in just any pair of jeans. These'll cause some major double-takes.
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Quirky Keychains

No It-bag is complete without a cute, eye-catching keychain — preferably one with a fuzzy-monster face.
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Ruffle Details

Ruffles are all grown up — oversized, monochrome, and cascading down dresses with classic silhouettes. Pair them with a chunky heel for street-style gold.
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Sock Boots

These are happening, whether you like it or not. The good part is your feet will never be cold.
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The Take-Everywhere Tote

Not just any bag will do for taking the tents by storm. This versatile showstopper looks polished no matter how many gift-bag goodies you stash. Need a lighter option for the after-party? Your favorite new clutch is just two zips away.
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Underwear As Outerwear

Wear your bra on top of your shirt, especially if it's denim.
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Velcro Sneakers

They don't light up, unfortunately, but the metallic silver comes close. Plus, you don't have to worry about your shoelaces coming untied.
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Western-Inspired Accessories

Bags, sandals, boots, and beyond — everything's got that Wild West flare. Wear these pieces with more contemporary ones for a fun and unexpected balance.
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X-aggerated Sweaters

Just pull your head all the way into it when you can't stand to be in anymore photos.
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Youthful Pinafores

Perfectly paired with the aforementioned Velcro sneaker, recreate your childhood wardrobe with a denim pinafore. It's great over striped tees and light sweaters.
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Zipper-Front Booties

Ditch the heels for a comfortable pair of brightly-colored booties. They are more versatile than you think, and when everyone is wearing lace-ups, you'll be rocking a thick, single zipper.
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