It’s a beautiful, mild morning in Sydney and I’m at Carriageworks, the site of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, standing next to a rather nondescript gray wall — too close to it, actually, according to street style photographer Lee Oliveira.
I’ve asked Oliveira about getting shot for street style, not just because he’s my friend and I like to talk to him, but also because he’s a veteran photographer, having worked with everyone from The New York Times to, well, us here at Fashionista. He knows so much about his side of the industry that he’s even worked with influencers, helping to style them and coaching them on to the next level of their careers.
All this to say that Oliveira knows what makes for an interesting shot on the sidewalk. As for me, you could argue that I’ve always found the street-style game more than a little intimidating, which is why I’ve asked Oliveira to give me a few tips of my own while I’m in Sydney. The conditions seemed perfect, thanks to the early autumn timing of the shows — we’re talking blue skies and 70-degree days — and a more relaxed schedule than one of the major fashion weeks.
So back to that gray wall: Oliveira sets up the shot and asks me to walk towards the camera. It feels stilted and awkward, and I can’t resist adding in a goofy jump. That’s okay, according to Oliveira, who has me do it again so he can properly capture it. “Just be yourself!” he says.
That part seems easy enough, but what about the rest? With fashion month on the horizon, I thought I’d share more of Oliveira’s tips for getting shot for street style, if that’s your thing. Read on to learn his keys for maximizing your time on the sidewalks this season.
1. White Shirt
Ladies, you can never go wrong with a crisp white shirt. You can pair it with blue denim, a skirt short or long. Wear a nice wristwatch along with it. Interview? Wear it under your blazer to get that job!
2. White Tee
Confused about what to wear? Wear a white tee and you have it girl! It is an absolute must in a wardrobe. You can get different looks by buying different fits. It goes with anything and everything!
3. Black Skinny Jeans
Do you want to wear something which will flatter your figure? Say no more. The black skinny jeans are worn by almost all the celebrities and it looks fabulous on women of all age. You can try a high waist for the chic look.
4. Denim Jacket
Amp up your outfit using a classy, timeless denim jacket. It gives a really cool look and so comfy! You can pair it with a simple tee and skinny jeans. Get in those sneakers and you are good to go!
5. Formal Suit
A formal suit is a must-have ladies! It makes you look so professional and confident at the same time. Get in that gorgeous suit and rock the business meeting! One tip- make sure it is well fitted.
6. Nude Brown Handbag
An accessory that goes with everything? You heard it, right Girl! Be it office or a casual outing, you can never go wrong with this. Carry this gorgeous handbag and you will never misplace those little important things!
7. Denim Jeans
Weekends?! Give yourself a break from those formals, throw a pair of denim and enjoy! Almost every celebrity and fashion bloggers adore them and why not! These are classic!
Want to look high fashion?! Wear a Cardigan over your simple clothes to add that extra sparkle. These are available in so many varieties and a lot of patterns. These looks flattering on every body type. Current obsession! Here