Rainbow hair and Cowboy boots. Dashiki prints and Parisian vibes.
If you’re looking for inspiration – and style that reinvents the past and reflects the diversity of American culture - you can find it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California.
On the second Sunday of every month, visitors from all over the world flock to the market, which features more than 2,500 vendors and 20,000 buyers, offering reasonably priced apparel, home goods, art and an array of vintage and antique accessories.
The carefree, L.A. street style on display is eclectic and can be dizzying to the untrained eye, and yet there is a common theme: People are in a revolutionary mood, and they’re literally wearing it on their sleeves. Style has always been a vehicle for self expression, but now, people are taking it a step further. They demand that others accept them as their authentic selves, without apology. At the flea market, shoppers and browsers from a variety of backgrounds come together to share in the beauty of a society that is becoming increasingly more multicultural. They are not afraid to mix different cultures and time periods. They come to be seen, heard and respected.
The intense focus on bucking tradition has been trending for some time now. Millennials and their parents shame marketers for the pink-and-blue aisle phenomenon that was used to persuade parents to buy. The trademarked 2016 color Millennial pink continues to be a universal color for all. Men are rocking longer hairstyles and fun facial hair, and women are turning to more casual looks with loafers and sneakers. The concept of creating your own identity and the freedom of expression is emulated through the following looks that were photographed.
Micro trends are easy to spot in the crowd: Gucci loafers, 90’s fishnets, Kurt Cobain sunglasses, and Parisian influenced bags and hats have been popular this year. Some runway styles that are being mirrored on the streets include those from designers Jacquemus Parisian style, Balenciagas normcore activewear, and Gucci’s recent fantasy themed whimsy lookbooks. Vintage Fashions have become very well liked over the past couple of years with apps like Etsy, Depop and Grailed.
Younger generations are sending a universal message. Change is upon us, and now is the time to embrace each other's differences and live life to the fullest.
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