Whenever I hit a new city, I have to take time to people watch. It’s how I feel out the energy of the city and get up on new trends. To paraphrase my girl Gabby Chanel, fashion is in the streets so that’s where I head. So you know I had to squeeze in some people watching during my work trip to Frankfurt last week. While most of it was done during the conference I attended, I was still able to get a feel for Frankfurt street style. I also like realized some stuff, that I’ll share below.
Minor caveat, I have zero street style pics from this trip. I need a new sd card for my Nikon and forgot to get one before we left. That means, every photo I took was on my iPhone 6 and I barely got any worthwhile street style snaps that way. I was also with my VP & CEO 90% of the time and they don’t get Instagram or blog culture. It was like being with your dad who just keeps saying, “Why are you taking photos?” Can’t be sneaky with that around. But I digress, back to what Frankfurt street style taught me.
These are just casual observations, I may be wrong. I mean I was only there a few days.
Adidas goes with everything.
Maybe it’s because we were in Germany, home of Adidas, but I have never seen so many fresh, out the box Stan Smiths, Superstars and NMDs. No lie, about 80% of the people I saw wearing sneakers–including me– were wearing Adidas. I mean, the brand is having a major moment these days but I didn’t see half as many Nikes as I saw Adidas.
Hypebeasts are universal.
Every guy I saw between about 18 and 25 was a straight up hipster hypebeast. From their fashy undercuts, Carhatt Work in Progress or North Face jackets to skinny jeans and fresh kicks, they all looked ripped from the pages of a streetwear blog. Don’t get me wrong, ATL has it’s fair share of hypebeasts but this was next level. And…I’m not at all mad about it.
Stockings are like socks?
This is a bit of a mystery to me. A large percentage of the women we saw had on flesh toned stockings. It was not freezing cold during our stay. In fact, the weather was chilly but perfect. Most of these women were not in professional dress which typically requires stockings. They literally had on stockings instead of socks with jeans or slacks or casual skirts. Someone explain this to me now.
Everyone kind of dresses the same.
Not everyone in Frankfurt but everyone in general. Outside of the whole stockings-with-everything thing, everyone looked straight out of my Instagram feed. I could drop the kids in Frankfurt in New York or LA and they would blend in seamlessly. I guess that means the internet is working.
I have to go back.
This time around, I’m not just sticking to one town. My plan is to take a few weeks next summer to hit all the European capitals and document the entire thing from start to finish.