How to Rock Streetwear as An Adult

Normally associated with young people, streetwear is casual fashion that’s often linked with countercultures such as:

  • Hip-hop
  • Punk
  • Skate
  • Surf

The clue is in the name – streetwear, it’s predominantly clothes worn by communities that hang out in the streets.

Streetwear became cool when hip-hop artists began wearing it, as traditional luxury labels didn’t cater to them. Suddenly t-shirts and hoodies were in demand, not just as comfortable clothing.

It could certainly be said that California and New York were the places where streetwear began. However there was also a streetwear movement in Japan.

One of the main differences with streetwear is designers taking looks from the street. Usually it’s designers telling people what to wear, dictating fashion but these styles come from the streets.

How To Wear Streetwear When You’re Older

Some people won’t feel confident about wearing streetwear once they’re over the age of 25. However, there aren’t any rules to say you can’t.

In fact, many of the original proponents of streetwear have simply grown up. This means that there are people who still love this style into their 40s and 50s.

Look to some icons for inspiration. Check out:

  • Rihanna
  • Jay-Z
  • J-Lo
  • Kanye
  • Eminem
  • Snoop Dogg

None of these stars are young, yet they are still rocking streetwear. You may not be a recording artist, but as long as you’ve got swagger, you can wear the looks.

The great thing is that a lot of dress codes have been toned down. Unless you work in a lawyers’ office, you can probably get away with more casual looks than a decade ago.

Streetwear has also changed, and there are more mature looks available now.

Tips for Wearing Streetwear When You’re Not a Teenager

  • Check Out Up and Coming Labels

Pass the teenagers queuing at the well-known named streetwear brands and check out new urban style. Think less about labels and more about style. You can mix it up with a piece by one of the big names but stay cool.

  • It’s in the Footwear

Never underestimate the power of a good pair of trainers. Invest in high quality footwear that will last – not just the next big thing. If you get a great pair, you’ll notice you can pair them with a suit for that crossover street style.

  • Upgrade Your Fabric

From denims and heavy cottons, streetwear has progressed into more luxurious fabrics. As a grown-up this look favors you, as it will make you look more sophisticated. You can now buy high-end sweatpants in cashmere and soft cotton can look great under office lights. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these luxe fabrics. You can definitely wear a pair of high-end sweatpants to meet some friends now. This would be seen as on-trend.

  • Less Baggy, More Loose

When you’re a teenager filled with angst about your body shape, it’s normal to lean towards the baggy look. It doesn’t work as well for the older person. That’s why your hoodies and pants should be loose but not baggy. Luckily, trends are going towards the straight leg now, so it should be easy to find a style that suits. A cropped jacket is a good way to balance out the looseness too, as it adds structure.

  • Don’t Be Flashy

You should have grown out of flash by now, unless it’s truly you. Give anything that’s hyped a miss and stay classic. Mix and match pieces from different brands by all means. Stay true to yourself and you’ll develop your own streetwear style.

  • Enjoy the Comfort

Although streetwear was once seen as a statement, now it’s incorporated into everyday fashion. Enjoy the freedom to be comfortable in your clothes, whether it’s:

  • Jeans with an oversized hoodie
  • Joggers with a white t-shirt
  • Chinos with a pair of Converse

Make the look your own and no one will question it!




Photo of author


It's a little lonely being one of the two female writers here, but I do my best! You'll find me covering everything from relationships to the newest gadget I'm excited about.

Leave a Comment