Known for her conceptual twists on classic tailoring, Natalia Alaverdian is the fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and founder of fashion label Awake. Born in Moscow and raised in Belgium, Natalia is notable for her flamboyant everyday looks spotted by street style photographers. Since she described her style as ‘feminine, preppy, dreamy, irreverent, humorous, and eclectic’, keep on reading for creating a flamboyant street style on your own.
Creating a flamboyant street style doesn’t always mean wearing flashy colors and loud prints. Natalia’s street style sometimes features full skirts, architectural top, balloon sleeves, structured coats, corsage embellishments, and waffle-jacquard fabrics being her failsafe street style look. Like her, you may simply opt for an architectural top to be your statement piece, or simply top your casual outfit with an architectural coat. “We all want to feel special, different, confident and feminine,’ she said. So, create your own rules in your everyday dressing.
Natalia contrasts the fabrics she’s wearing to create a flamboyant look. Whether you’re a fan of silk, knits, denim, fur, or chiffon, follow your mood to create the street style that flatters you. “I love anarchy when it comes to aesthetics in general and it’s about my mood and how I feel about dressing that particular morning that defines my style,” she said. However, she’s much more on the preppy, quirky, vintage side rather than modern, sleek and sexy. You can actually mix your elegant and timeless pieces with unconventional and architectural ones to create a flamboyant look without splurging on buying new trendy items.
When choosing your prints and patterns, go for ones that flatter your figure and personality. “I don’t wear too many flowery bright pieces because I have a dark complexion, and it can become too much. But I think one should not be afraid to experiment with color – just follow your intuition,” Natalia said. She is sometimes drawn to neutral as well as classic colored animal prints of leopard, giraffe, chicken, as well as plaids, gingham, and checks that you may also go for.
A flamboyant street style denotes a playful, bold, and avant-garde vibe that sometimes doesn’t need classic pumps and stiletto heels. “‘I love shoes and sneakers. I have a great pair of super-simple white sneakers, they’re very 1980s. I also love brogues and boots – so essentially, I like boys’ shoes,” she said. You may pick for classic yet modern accessories that don’t go out of style. So like Natalia, you may turn to boyish flats, edgy boots, and pointy flats to look chic while keeping the flamboyant theme of your street style.
Indeed, a flamboyant street style is a means of looking unique and fashion-forward to your looks while keeping your fashion style standout from the crowd.