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Clothing Styles at Square One Mall in Mississauga

by Marina, Miss Teenage Southwestern Ontario 2017

Paparazzi? Am I famous?

Miss Teen south Western OntarioThese questions must have run through the minds of all the fashionistas who encountered me on the streets of Mississauga this weekend. No, it’s not the Paparazzi… It’s just Marina with a camera, or should I say… Miss Teenage Southwestern Ontario 2017 behind the scenes!

The goal of this assignment was to find strangers on the street and record everything about their fashion sense and style. I had a blast meeting new people and learning a bit about their personality, which can explain a lot about why they wear what they wear. I found that timid or quiet people tend to wear dark or subtle colours, while bold and bubbly people tend to wear bright and noticeable colours. An outfit says a lot about a person; fashion style is a mirror reflection on the outside of what is really on the inside!

Meet Tiana! I found this 21-year-old strutting along Princess Royal Drive. Her bright coloured dress was what caught my attention. She is a hardworking student, who is currently studying Biology and Psychology. Her dress is a bright green colour with various light pink flowers all over. The dress has detailing with a cute high collar and a high split for her long legs to be shown off. Her dress was bought at H&M for a retail price of $70.00. tina in a green floral dress in MississaugaHer black and white point shoes were a snake skin style and measured to be about 4 inches high. Her heels were bought from Aldo for a retail price of $90.00. Her black fringe purse with gold detailing was also bought from H&M for a retail price of $30.00. Her nude and black Chanel sunglasses were bought for a retail price of $500.00. The total cost of Tiana’s outfit was $690.00.

Meet Gabriel! I found this 16-year-old walking around Square One Mall with his buddy, Kyle. Gabriel enjoys shopping and likes to play soccer on his spare time. Despite his typical “skater style,” Gabriel says that he no longer uses his skateboard.

Square One mall boy fashion in Mississauga

His black and grey baseball t-shirt was bought from Forever 21 for a retail price of $15.00. His cuffed dark jeans were bought from Winners for a retail price of $20.00. His black and white Vans (my favourite go-to sneakers) were bought from Zumiez for a retail price of $85.00. Gabriel’s final look costed him a total of just $120.00!

Meet Peter! I stumbled across this fashionista at Top Shop, in Square One Mall. Peter is a pro multi-tasker, as he balances being a personal trainer and working in the movie industry. His matching belt and shoes were what initially caught my eye! His navy blue fitted dress shirt was bought from Top Man for a retail price of $34.00. His black pants were also bought from Top Man for a retail price of $98.00. His white belt was bought from Calvin Klein for a retail price of $56.00. African origin man in Miss ssiauga wearing navy blue short denim jeans loafersHis white detailed shoes were bought from Brown’s for a retail price of  $120.00. In total, Peter spent $308.00 on his outfit of the day!

 

Thanks for reading about these noticeably fashionable looks from people just like me and you! Who knows? Maybe one day you can make it on a fashion blog or even a runway. Stay on trend or better yet make your own trends, and you’re bound to get noticed!

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StreetChic in Newfoundland

Street Chic in Newfoundland

Alyssa Cutler, Miss Teenage Avalon 2017

If you’ve ever been to Newfoundland, you will notice one thing. Our weather changes within minutes. One minute you will get a sun tan, and the next you will be caught in the rain and fog.  With this weather, it’s hard to be in style for the summer, but there’s a few fashion trends any Newfoundlander (or visitor) can wear.  

Street Chic in Newfoundland

The male model you see below is wearing dark pants, a colored shirt, and matched it with colored shoes. This stylish outfit is perfect for everyday use, whether you’re going downtown with friends or on a date with a special someone. The fitted pants give you a professional yet casual look that appeals to others. The shirt and shoes is where you can shine your personally and show the world who you really are. Your shirt can be as bright as our Jelly Bean houses or as dull as our Newfoundland fog. 

Can’t wait to try out this style? Check out male shoes at West 49! You’re looking for cutting edge sneakers that are usually flat with a white base. Itching to get a pair of the slick dark pants? Step into Bluenotes and try their amazing new summer styles. Want the perfect shirt? Check out the Boathouse! More into the button up? Swing into Urban Outfitters for a variety of colors 

The female model is wearing two different outfits. 

Street Chic in Newfoundland

Our first one is perfect for the girls who aren’t afraid of the cold. This blue outfit is adorable for the summer. It’s light weight and breathable. Pairing it with a white bow in your hair to match your white shoes just upgrades the entire outfit to a 10/10! But wait, what about the rain? A classic umbrella never goes astray in Newfoundland. Whether it’s warm outside or cold outside, the umbrella is always in use! You can fun with them as well. By painting on your umbrella’s and or by getting multicolored ones it’s a way for every girl to express themselves while looking unique and stylish.

The second outfit you see in all ages. Nothing says summer more than shorts and a tank topsYour classic black shorts are something every girl should have in their closet. It’s the most particular thing we own whether we are wearing them under our dresses, at sports events, or just on any summer day. When it comes to colorful shirts, girls and boys are the same. When it comes down to fashion, there’s one thing we really want to do, let our clothes speak for us. Bright shirt, bold colors,

and risky patterns is the number one way we can scream out who we are.  

This female model is covering her shoulders with a light weight shay. Most times it is necessary to have because it can keep you both warm and cold in the right moments. Most shays are dark colors with a pattern. This brings together your outfit and makes a bold statement that you dying to say. And of course, all the colors in your outfit compliments each other because the statement you’re trying to say is never “I threw this on while I was still tired.” To finish up this outfit you need one last thing. A bow to match your shoes! Again, it’s a white bow with white shoes. What can go wrong with that?

Wondering how to get your hands on these cute little outfits? Check out Bluenotes to get your matching sky blue skirt and shirt. While you’re there, check out their colorful shirt selection and stop on over to see their patterned shays. Need a classic pair of black shorts? Drop into Ardene’s and go through their jaw dropping selection. Who knew there were so many options! Don’t forget to quickly scan through their accessories to find different colored bows. Need a new pair of stylish shoes? Check out Soft Moc’s female shoes!  

Hope to see you in style soon!  

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Downtown Glam on Granville Street in Vancouver

By Tina, Miss Teen British Columbia 2017
Photos by Tamara Guerino

Fashion in downtown Vancouver displays how young women and men can express themselves freely while feeling comfortable in their own skin, which I think is undoubtedly one of the most important and fascinating functions of fashion! For this blog assignment, I decided to shoot Vancouver’s signature styles on Granville street, which I think is an accurate representation of what downtown Vancouver is like: high-fashion, glamorous, but also serene and beautiful all at the same time.

There are many young women and men in this city with busy lifestyles who like to dress themselves with a pop of personality that shows off their character and preferences, so that’s mainly what I had wanted to capture. The city’s tall, towering buildings also make a nice scenic view, combined with the buzz of laughter and conversation, as well as the rush of people passing by with their coffee, it’s the perfect place to bask in the city ambience. This street’s abundance of designer stores and brands has clearly shown in the people who patronized it, everyone has on a variety of eye-catching and bold clothing. It’s rather hard to conclude everyone’s style into one phrase because of how unique each individual’s outfit is, so let me take you on a walk down Granville street, Vancouver BC!

Here is Alissa; I felt it was important to get to know our subjects and learn about what lead them to their personal fashion choices. Alissa is fourteen years old and currently a high school student, but she frequently visits the downtown area of Vancouver with friends to hit the shopping centres and to embrace the local city atmosphere.

Alissa’s very kindhearted and outgoing, she loves to socialize and have a good time. As you can see from the picture, she loves the casual look with simple, but well-paired colours. With a white trendy off the shoulder top with flounce cuffs from Forever 21, classic yet urban ripped denim jeans from American eagle, and a laid-back flannel from Garage. She accessorized with a black leather bag from a thrift shop and some plain white Converse sneakers. The whole apparel gives off an unsophisticated modern vibe, with the flannel giving it a colourful kick and cotton top adding a nice feminine touch. Alissa feels that her fashion inspiration comes from the one and only fashion icon Kendall Jenner, who has a similar casual and chic style in her daily life. With the entire outfit under 200 dollars, it perfectly showcases a teenager’s wardrobe necessities, and how you don’t have to buy expensive or extravagant fashion pieces to pull together a great look!

Our second model is 18 year-old Philip, who has just graduated high school and is moving on to university! He pursues sports in his free time, but other than his basketball shorts and runners, his wardrobe contains quite a few well-developed and bold statement-pieces for nights out with friends, or just a casual stroll down Granville.

He wore a basic white tee from Old Navy, a light blue denim shirt from H&M rolled up to show off those forearms, white ripped jeans from Pacsun, small sunglasses from Ray-Ban, and camel-coloured boots from Tokyo, Japan! The white, blue, and camel colours contrasted nicely, making the ensemble look clean, put-together, but nonetheless expressive and stylish.

Phillip likes to emphasize on comfort and material in his everyday fashion choices, he likes to wear things that have a great fit but still look pleasing to the eye, and something that will give him mobility and allow him to stay active throughout the day. “The more tight the more right” does not exactly accommodate his beliefs when it comes to his own clothing. This outfit is a bit more high-end, and overall provides a relaxed and slightly business casual feeling while simultaneously illuminating Phillip’s personality as an athlete and socially active teen.

Next up is Jessica. She’s fifteen years old going on grade ten, and she is all for fashionable outfits that are expressive but also uncomplicated. She appreciates different unique items that work perfectly as a combination.Jessica on Granville St in downtown Vancouver wears ripped jeans and mauve blouse with leather purse

Jessica is especially intrigued by the city lifestyle, is always up for venturing and it comes out in her cool outfit! With a blue and white striped off the shoulder shirt from forever 21, ripped jeans from Topshop, high heel black booties from Nordstrom, cute watch from Michael Kors, and black bag from Coach, Jessica rocks the sweet and stylish look, giving us a glance at her vivid, independent, and creative personality. Jessica looks up to iconic Selena Gomez for fashion inspiration, because she sees herself in Sel and adores the trendy and bold vibes. Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but I can totally see an awesome Pop Star in Jessica, she is absolutely killing it!

Roaming the streets of Vancouver, and seeing everyone’s fashion choices made me realize that when you’re out and about, comfort is the key, and also that regardless of what you wear, as long as you feel good, nothing else matters. I think people’s love for fashion is not just about the artificial aspects like brand and material, but rather how confident you feel when you put on an outfit, and how satisfying it is to look in the mirror and really be proud of your reflection. Which is especially important for people who live in big cities like Vancouver, who should take the time to shop for their ideal outfits and take the time to appreciate and celebrate themselves amid their crazy and hectic lives. Because that’s what fashion should really be about, something to make your strides just a little bigger, yourself a lot more confident, and your day much better.

Fashion will always be a one-size-fits-all, because anyone can pull together a great look even with a smaller budget, and everyone can and should express themselves through how they dress.

From what I’ve seen, fashion in vancouver in three words would be: simple, stylish, satisfying. I loved seeing how everyone’s outfit showed the world a significant aspect of their life and diverse personalities, and I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks about these three wonderful teenagers and their outfits! I hope you all enjoyed catching a glimpse of Granville downtown street chic.

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A Good Heart Never Goes Out of Style in Truro Nova Scotia

by Zoe, Miss Teen Nova Scotia 2017

Nova Scotians are known as very laid-back and relaxed people, which is something that shows through our everyday fashion choices. Whether we’re out for cheesecake at a quaint coffee shop or chilling on the beaches of Northumberland Shore, a loose sundress and a hat is our go-to attire! Comfort is one of the main qualities we look for in clothes, because when we feel good, we look good!! Despite our love for comfort, that doesn’t mean we are any less stylish! Here are some of the street fashions that best exemplify Nova Scotian living, all scouted on Prince Street in my hometown of Truro!

Prince Street: The heart of downtown Truro

In the recent years, the town of Truro, located in central Nova Scotia, has really become more of a funky and artistic community. With cool coffee shops and bakeries popping up at every corner of the block, Truro is the perfect place to express one’s individual style. Here we have hipsters, farmers, seamen, chic workaholics, and little girls in frilly dresses! With the opening of the new library and civic square on Prince Street, there is no better place to be in town! On Prince Street who will also find local boutiques, the Truro Farmer’s Market, the popular Nook and Cranny restaurant, and the Marigold Cultural Centre! On August 2nd, I ventured out on Prince Street to photograph and interview fashion icons wearing some of our town’s latest trends!

Dannette: The Frugal Female

This lovely lady has such a simple yet elegant style. It captures the true essence of “pretty and practical”. Best of all, she buys most of her outfits from thrift stores for $10 or less! In our area, there are several second hand clothing stores, such as New to You, Frenchies, and Louis. When you take the time to thoroughly search the bins, you can find some pretty neat items! And once you pair them together with a couple accessories, you get a killer outfit! Her deep purple collared blouse made of polyester really complements her skin tone, while her sparkly sandals add a beautiful touch of bling! She also a chose a pair light grey leggings for comfort and practicality! And finally, she topped off the look with a cute side braid! At 58 years old, Dannette is proof that you can be stylish at any age! I think it is important to represent every demographic and age group in fashion and style magazines, no matter how young or how old the people are! She is a beautiful person inside and out, and it was really a pleasure to meet her. Something interesting about Dannette is that she “tells it like it is”! Honesty sure is a good quality to have! In her free time, she enjoys dancing, walking, and gardening.  This picture was actually taken on the corner of Prince and Inglis Street, another shopping hotspot in downtown Truro! We didn’t have too much time to chat as Dannette was on her way to a meeting, but all I can say is she totally ROCKED this look!

denim fashion in Truro Nova Scotia

Chloee:  The Denim Dreamer

This young and playful style looks great on 17 year old Chloee! She is an avid arts supporter in the community and has directed a musical called “Rock of Ages” as well as the “Charlie Wilcox Film Project”. She is also in Girl Guides Canada and has participated in youth forums and other community projects. She is wearing a dress that consists of a navy denim high waisted skirt and a blue and white horizontally striped tank top. Like Dannette, she purchased her dress for only $10 at Louis, one of Truro’s most popular thrift stores! She is also sporting some red Toms shoes, which were on sale for $20 at a local shop called Margolians! The blue pearled necklace she is wearing adds the perfect touch to form a colorful, youthful and laid-back style! And of course, a girl’s best accessory is always her smile!! This picture was taken in front of the Truro Public Library and Civic Square, at about 7:30 pm. Chloee is a dreamer (like myself!) and she is also a strong advocate for youth empowerment. She is such an inspirational girl and she really shows her funky, artistic side through her own individualized style.

Bill: The Local Librarian

I happened to catch this librarian after he was heading out from work for the day. Of course, if you hang it in front of the library all day, you’re bound to come across at least couple librarians! He has a very sophisticated style that works great with his occupation while giving him some much needed comfort for the day! Bill is wearing a navy and white vertically striped collar shirt, paired with a pair of beige pants which cost around $50 at Mark’s (Denver Hayes brand), along with a light brown leather belt. Both the shirt and the belt were Christmas and birthday gifts. He tops off the look with some fancy black leather work shoes which cost $100 from Clark’s. He says he generally doesn’t put much thought into his style, but regardless, he still pulls off this look pretty well! After all, once you’ve truly found your own authentic style, putting together outfits to reflect on it is a breeze!! Bill has a passion for reading and running, and he is so lucky to work at the beautiful Truro Public Library!

Islay: The Casual Camper

Beautiful Islay loves to camp! Every summer, she tours around our province with her family exploring nature and visiting provincial and national parks. Personally, I have never camped before, but I would sure love to try it, as it is one of the best ways to get up and close with the beauty of nature. A frequent camper needs a practical, comfortable, and easy-going style, and her attire serves all of those purposes while adding a casual, colorful flair. She looks super happy and confident in this picture, and in the end, it isn’t the clothes that matter, it is how you wear them. She is 16 years old and with her love of ballet, piano, reading and photography, she is living the teenage dream! Islay’s rayon and spandex black tank top which she got at Warehouse One for $15 looks great with her blue denim shorts from American Eagle, which is one of her absolute favorite stores! She snatched the shorts up for approximately $40!! And finally, her cute sandals were from Sport Chek, cost $40, and are made of yoga mat and fabric! They have a beautiful knitted pattern of pinks, oranges, and blues.  Although her outfit is fairly simple, it is adventurous and adorable, just like her!  Islay attends the local Acadian school and is currently working at the French Community Centre day camps for kids! She is a sweet and kind girl and she rocks this outfit even more with her great personality!

I sure had a great day photographing fashion icons on Prince Street, right in the heart of downtown Truro! There are so many unique styles and colors, and it’s really an eye-opening when you can stop, slow down, and appreciate the self-expression in your own community. I am so grateful to live in a country where I can express myself anyway I want, and one of the best ways to do that is by the means of personal style. Clothing tell us a lot about a person, they can show their current mood, their career, and even where they live or where they have traveled to! But in the end, fashion is not only about what you wear, it is about how you present yourself to the outside world. To be a stylish person, you must first have a stylish personality, and although trends may change, a good heart never goes out of style!

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Summer Styles on Whyte Avenue, Edmonton

by Sravya, 2017 Miss Northern Alberta World

I thought long and hard about finding the most fashionable street where one can find the perfect outfit and draw inspiration to style themselves in the latest and trendiest clothing offered in Edmonton. From Jasper Avenue to the corporate world of the 50th street, I have explored them all to showcase the best styles around the city. But what stood out to me the most was the legendary Whyte Avenue, located in the heart of the Old Strathcona district. Named as one of Canada’s best shopping areas, Whyte Avenue offers a variety of retail from higher-end international fashions to quaint Canadian brands. With its chic boutiques blended with eclectic night clubs, Whyte Avenue has become an unconventional fashion runway in Edmonton. From ripped jeans & a simple tee to ethnic wears such as kurtis and Qi Pao, you can see a wide variety of fashions from all over the world on this avenue.

Carol on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton

Carol looking Street Chic on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton.  Photo by Sravya

On mid-summers day of July 6th, I embarked on my quest to find the hottest outfits and comfortable styles on Whyte Avenue. My day was off to a great start when I ran into this beautiful lady. It was hard not to notice her as she looked angelic in her white, ruffled blouse she purchased at Simon’s for $29.99. Trends and seasons change but a black & white outfit is a universal combination that never goes out of style. Knowing this, Carol perfectly tucked in her white blouse with high-waist black culottes with pleats purchased from Zara for just $39.99. Carol likes to be comfortable while looking professional for her workplace. So she accessorized with a simple Swarovski necklace to add sophistication to her outfit. Finally, she finished off her look with a simple pair of black heels purchased from Aldo for $19.99.

Dan at University of Edmonton

Dan is a stylish engineering student at the University of Alberta

Accompanying Carol is Dan, an engineering student at the University of Alberta. He was on his way to meet with his friends at a local restaurant on his lunch break at work. He rocked the business casual look with his black on white polka dot shirt purchased from American Eagle Outfitters. To make the most of your outfit, it’s important to vary the choice of fabric depending on the time of the year. One of the most stylish fabrics that transcends across all seasons is cotton. To beat the heat while looking professional, Dan chose to wear lightweight, breathable cotton pants from Jack & Jones. To complete his look for the day, Dan rocked a pair of brown dress shoes he purchased from Saks OFF 5th. I particularly loved the way Dan bought class to his look with a leather watch he purchased from Fossil for $59.99.

Kina on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton

Kinza in a maroon colored kurti, spotted on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton

As I continued my journey along Whyte Avenue, I met this beauty with brains, an engineering student with a love for fashion.  In Canada, we find strength in our diversity – not just economically and politically but also in fashion. Kinza looked stylish and classy in her maroon colored kurti, a type of dress traditional to people from South Asia, paired with black leggings. The thin layer of silk fabric added a pretty flare in a gentle breeze – a look perfect for a July summer night. Kinza finished her look with a contrasting black scarf which she purchased at a charming boutique in Edmonton named Flora Designer Wear.

urban girl, Aly with baggy jeans in Edmonton

Aly in high-waisted vintage Guess jeans and a chic woolen crop top.

Old is always gold when it comes to fashion. From repurposing mom’s jeans to oversized t-shirts, imitating the trends of our previous era with a touch of modern simplicity is the new go-to for many teens. A fan of this trend, Aly styled herself in high-waisted vintage Guess jeans and a chic woolen crop top. She added modernity to her look with gold hoop earrings and shoes she purchased from Martiniano. Reviving the vintage look with her personal touch, Aly successfully created a nostalgic outfit that will take you back in time.

While a designer is merely a creator of clothes, fashion stems from your own personality and attitude. I chose to write about the above individuals because of how rather than what they wore. So whether you are wearing body swallowing hoodies or pencil skirts with a crop top, add your personal touch and flaunt it with absolute confidence. That is the essential key to being stylish and making a fashion statement.

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Fashion on Stephen Ave in Calgary

Fashion on Stephen Ave Walk in Calgary

by Maneet, Miss Southern Alberta World 2017

On July 7, 2017 I took to the ever-famous Stephen Avenue in Calgary as Miss Southern Alberta World to begin my street chic blog journey. When choosing what street I would use in this blog Stephen Avenue was the first place that came to mind without a single thought. In 2002 the street was declared a National Historical District!

Every person in Calgary knows the Stephen Avenue Walk, whether it be young or old. It is one of the busiest streets of downtown no matter which day you decide to go. This street is known as the ‘pedestrian mall’, with numerous stores, restaurants, entertainment and hot spots, there are also opportunities for smaller vendors to get their product and services on display. From a live band performance to clothing, Stephen Avenue has it all. This famous street is also the one place you can find people rocking all sorts of different clothing styles. It is definitely the epicenter of Calgary fashion as the street links to ‘The Core’, downtown’s largest indoor mall that carries almost every brand that you can think of.

To begin, the day was quite warm for what us Calgarians are used to at around 30 degrees

Thus the street was busier than ever and people were off enjoying their day in the heat. Thus I ran into quite a few stylish people throughout my day.

Bronwhyn on Stephen Street

Bronwhyn on Stephen Ave in Calgary’s downtown core.

The first was Bronwhyn, who was wearing a beautiful white chiffon dress by Jessica Simpson, she had purchased it from The Bay. With it she had paired a blue denim vest from Gap. Her mint green purse was by Kate Spade, which was also purchased from The Bay. Along with her dress she was rocking a pair of burgundy cowgirl boots by Riley and McCormick.

Next I saw Daniele, she was just finishing up work and was dressed up in spirit of the Calgary Stampede, which is an outdoor show that happens in Calgary every July. Daniele was styled in an American Eagle  purple and pink flannel and denim shorts along with a pair of sneakers from Keds Shoes. Her leopard trim glasses were from Forever 21 and only cost her $5!

Danielle and Wei on Stephen St

Danielle and Wei on Stephen Ave in Calgary

Wei’s outfit was definitely an eye-catcher for me, I could see her standing out from a distance. She was wearing a blue chiffon dress from The Bay, and white shoes from The Shoe Company. Her glasses were purchased from the Sunglasses hut, her hat and purse were from Aldo.

Me asking Mung

Maneet asks Mung why wear a black suit on the hot day?

Then I saw Mung, who was wearing a full suit on quite a hot day, he was actually heading to a quick meeting with someone at Cactus Club Café on Stephen Avenue. He was dressed in a double-breasted suit and shirt with French cuffs all from RW & Co. Interestingly; he had bought his shoes from Mongolia, and they were definitely eye-catching.

Brandon and Ryan on Stephen St

Bradon and Mung on Stephen Ave in Calgary

Bradon was just finishing up his day at work as he was heading out on Stephan Avenue. He was dressed in a navy blue block wrangler shirt and Levi jeans, while also sporting a white cowboy hat in spirit of the Calgary Stampede.  His shoes were from Larriat and watch from Hugo Boss.

Ryan Fashion on Stephen Ave in Calgary

Lastly, I met Ryan. He had recently just moved to the city and was out to explore the hottest spots, so I had caught him in just the right place. Ryan was rocking a navy blue suit from Calvin Klein, along with a striped J crew shirt. His shoes were from Johnston & Murphy, which he paired with colorful blue and green socks from Express.

Ryans socks on Stephen Ave

As I was on the street I noticed that there were many diverse clothing styles, whether it be the men in business suits on a hot day coming from work, or the girls in dresses spending their day out. However none of them failed to stand out with their unique styles, which made my street chic experience on Stephen Avenue definitely a success.