What people dress like in Berlin (left), Milano and Manchester.
For a fashion person with access to every bit of style information, it takes me an absurd amount of time to get dressed in the morning. When I hit my wardrobe wall, I got online to sites like The Sartorialist and Face Hunter for inspiration.
My morning surf usually leaves me more stumped but it also keeps me up-to-date on what the kids are wearing these days. So as you dream of (or dread) flipping your closet for fall, here's an autumn street style trend survey from around the World Wide Web.
Berlin: Stil In Berlin
The Germans and every North American who's booked it to Berlin and cashed in on its cheap cost of living are layering up. Students and those strange occupational hybrids you only find in fashion blog land ("fashion writer/singer/muse") pile on psychedelic leggings, Pucci tops and mismatched socks. Top with a cheetah print coat AND a technicolour K-Way to prove you try extra hard.
Italy: Fashion Hunter
This site's last entry was February 21, 2007 but judging by the young lady with her head wrapped in Nonna's handkerchief scarf in the top post, Italian style is evolving very S-L-O-W-L-Y so we're not missing much because of the lack of updates.
Manchester: Manchester Looks
The English have everyone beat when it comes to accessorizing grandma dresses and skinny jeans with twirls of tulle in their hair and half the Top Shop accessories department around their necks. Even a butch city like Manchester is full of that kooky brand of cool Britannia.
Reykjavik style on the left, Tokyo on the right.
Reykjavik: Reykjavik Looks
Scroll to August 10 and check out Iceland's version of Pride fashion. We'll take a boy with a bubble gum pink attaché case over Toronto's usual parade of hot pants and oompa loompa tans any day.
Tokyo: Tokyo Street Style
Tokyo is where this sort of style cataloguing started with neighbouhoods like Ginza and Harajuku developing their own posh-to-quirky looks. Judging by this site though, Japan's fashion tribes are being blurred by the bland influence of Rachel Zoe, the Hills and young Hollywood's effortful attempt at looking effortlessly chic.