As a Phoenix native, I thought it was time to highlight my city as a fashion-forward place to live. Phoenix is a very diverse city, and the metro area ranks 6th largest in the country, but the population spreads over a wide geographic area, giving the feeling of a much smaller community. Because of this, downtown Phoenix is a bit looked over as far as big-city fashion. In this article, I address Phoenix streetwear and bring attention to the artistic movement going on within my city. The summer heat can’t keep these locals from dressing stylish!
 

Phoenix Fashion Week model, Anthony LaFlam, pairs a graphic tank top, very similar to Colabination brand Caligraphy's products, withmilitary pants, and a tied flannel around his waist. He pairs his look with some cool shades and Converse.

Phoenix Fashion Week model, Anthony LaFlam, pairs a graphic tank top, very similar to Colabination brand Caligraphy's products, withmilitary pants, and a tied flannel around his waist. He pairs his look with some cool shades and Converse.

Arizona State University’s Business of Fashion club vice president, Hannah Gur-Arie, poses for a rocker look in a tie-dye Grateful Dead tee, denim shorts, vintage belt, and black boots.

Arizona State University’s Business of Fashion club vice president, Hannah Gur-Arie, poses for a rocker look in a tie-dye Grateful Dead tee, denim shorts, vintage belt, and black boots.

Business of Fashion exec member, Cole Seefus, sports a basketball jersey, jeans, high-top sneakers, and a pair of modern sunglasses. I think Absurdity Clothing's Eternal Knowledge Jersey would have looked great.  

Business of Fashion exec member, Cole Seefus, sports a basketball jersey, jeans, high-top sneakers, and a pair of modern sunglasses. I think Absurdity Clothing's Eternal Knowledge Jersey would have looked great.  

Looking like she's straight out of a Sugarcoma Clothing lookbook , Marjani Hawkins, a local Phoenix photographer, wears faux fur vest, black top, a floral skater skirt, and black booties. 

Looking like she's straight out of a Sugarcoma Clothing lookbook , Marjani Hawkins, a local Phoenix photographer, wears faux fur vest, black top, a floral skater skirt, and black booties. 

Student fashion designer and Business of Fashion exec member, Alexsa Fratianni, models in a gray top, denim vest, and a darker wash of denim shorts. She accessorizes with some animal print sunglasses, a brown handbag and sandals, and tops it all off with a hair full of teal tones.

Student fashion designer and Business of Fashion exec member, Alexsa Fratianni, models in a gray top, denim vest, and a darker wash of denim shorts. She accessorizes with some animal print sunglasses, a brown handbag and sandals, and tops it all off with a hair full of teal tones.


This is just a glimpse of what Phoenix streetwear is like and the expressive inhabitants that color our downtown streets with art. Every first Friday of the month on Roosevelt Street where these pictures were taken, there is a festival with artisans and vendors where you get to browse through studios, art spaces, and come together in a creative environment. Phoenix is making big waves in terms of fashion and artistic innovation.

Check out our list of Arizona's top Streetwear Brands, or learn more about Phoenix brand's 523 and All the Tiny Pieces in our exclusive interviews.

By Allison Sherman

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