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A Study In Street Style: Jenny Walton

Trust me, this gallery of street style looks by the Brooklyn-based illustrator will be the most #outfitinspo one you'll see all weekend.

They say the best runway is the one on the streets. The runway is where the official action happens, but it is on the streets that real style, worn by real people, is born. In “A Study In Street Style”, we turn the spotlight on some of the most notable street style stars of industry. If ever you’re dry on outfit inspiration, just check back here. We guarantee you’ll leave with at least a handful of styling ideas. That, or your (imaginary) money back.

There’s no one on the fashion week street style scene who encapsulates the phrase “something old, something new” quite like Jenny Walton. One half of The Sartorialist and fashion illustrator by trade, Brooklyn-based Walton and her penchant for mixing runway pieces with true blue vintage and fast fashion have won the lenses of the industry’s top street style photographers. For instance, she could be in a Simone Rocha coat, and in Converse sneakers and a Zara skirt the next. Walton is also proof that accessories can play a big part in transforming a look, whether it is a pair of statement earrings, a scarf around the neck or a piece of satin ribbon she bought from a trimming store simply because she liked the colour.

The lady is a mix master, yet there’s something so put-together about her looks. There’s a 1960s touch for sure – Walton names Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly as a style influences – but she keeps them from veering too far into old-school territory by tastefully mixing things up. I mean, she can make a vintage cheongsam of all things look youthful and fresh. It’s making me rethink all those years that I spent running for the hills every time my mum tried to put me in one for Lunar New Year.

Another thing about Walton is that she doesn’t think twice about repeating pieces or sticking to a certain colour palette. IT’S OKAY TO REPEAT PIECES, PEOPLE. We’ve spotted her in that gold pleated Gucci skirt several times, but she manages to keep each look different. Again, there’s that unexpected yet tasteful mixing. We’ve rounded up some of her greatest street style hits above and pieces that we think would fit right into her closet below. Is it just me, or does vintage shopping on eBay sound super attractive right now?


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