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A phenomenon spurred throughout the past decade by Instagram influencers and fashion bloggers, street style is a form of fashion that can be traced back to the end of World War II. The rise of style-conscious magazines – initially targeted towards men – helped an increasingly visual understanding of metropolitan masculinity, as the traditional flaneur evolved into the modern sartorial appeal. From Terence Donovan’s 1960s black and white prints to Scott Schuman’s extensive online portfolio, street style photography has turned everyday urban scenes into a catwalk. Whilst Oxford’s historic backdrop signals tradition over vogue, the student population boasts a myriad of approaches to style. Student street style foregrounds functionality over the avant-garde, whilst still allowing for individual expression. This week we explore Oxford’s equivalents of Soho and Harajuku in an appreciation of student fashion.


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