I admit that I love to people watch, especially in Toronto. The busy streets, the angry drivers, the tourists, the bankers, the hipsters, the fashion punks... the city offers endless amounts of entertainment and opportunities to observe what people are wearing. I am no fashion expert, however, what I've observed from the busy streets of the city is that what seems to be "in style" is recycled fashion; a combination of various eras pieced together strategically to create your own personal style. For those interested in clothes, I am merely stating an obvious fact, however, I believe that because of this trend there has never been a better time for self-expression. You want to wear those acid-wash jeans you found at Value Village from the 80s? You go right ahead. Who cares if no one else is wearing them because you, my friend, are making a statement. How about that bowler hat from the 19th century? Cool! What a great "new" idea! They'll go great with your denim jacket because, guess what? It's innovative!
Admittedly some of these recycled styles don't always work, however, when you live in a city full of like-minded youth who shop the thrift stores and Urban Outfitters, who cares? Wear what you want to wear! Maybe it will catch on. And with that, I present you some of these "recycled" outfits compiled directly from the Street-Style, Toronto website. Here they are: