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If it suits the wearer . . . style vs beauty (feat Hanneli)

Pic of Hanneli via Vanessa Jackman Quite aside from professional research, I spend a decent amount of my time researching street style posts online as a way of inspiring the way I dress (currently? Vintage Rolling Stones tee, black leggings and …

Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 07:30

   

Pic of Hanneli via Vanessa Jackman

Quite aside from professional research, I spend a decent amount of my time researching street style posts online as a way of inspiring the way I dress (currently? Vintage Rolling Stones tee, black leggings and a black and white jumper from ONLY) – and when I saw this pic of Hanneli, it kind of stopped me in my tracks. Why’s that? I hear you ask. Is it because of her lovely Burberry shoes? Or perhaps her Mulberry bag?

In fact, it was neither. (Although they are quite lovely.) I saw this outfit and I thought, this would never look as good on me. And I’m not being self-deprecating here; the fact of the matter is, as ensembles go, I don’t think this is a particularly noteworthy one. I don’t think this photograph was taken because Hanneli did something amazing in putting these items of clothing together – in fact, I suspect this photograph was taken because Hanneli is (a) remarkably good-looking (b) quite famous as bloggers go and (c) one of the people you just must photograph, if street-style photography is your thing.

So it then begs the question: if street-style “stars” are such not because of their style, but rather because of their selves, is there any inspiration to be got from the photographs, or have street style photographs become the paparazzi of the fashion elite?

(As a side note, Vanessa Jackman happens to be one of my favourite street-style photographers, and in general, the photographs she takes are of remarkably well-dressed individuals – who, yes, happen to be beautiful.)