by Claudia Del Balso
On July 4th, the last day of the Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), a throng of people inundated the annual event. Locals and tourists alike danced, ate, and drank to the sounds of jazz. The streets were a rainbow of people donning their own fashion styles. Given the nature of the event, one would expect a sea of shorts, tee shirts, or summer dresses. However, that was not the case last night.
First, let’s talk shoes! A lot of daring ladies showed off their stylish wedges, stilettos, and platforms, by Guess, Aldo, Nine West, to name a few. Kudos to those ladies who chose style over comfort! And for the not so daring, good old sneakers, sandals, and flip-flops were a better option, making Crocs and Birkenstock strong contenders. The warm weather didn’t stop boot lovers from strutting down the main streets of the festival. Those boots were definitely made for walking!
Now, let’s talk clothes! Short shorts made of an array of colors and materials were as successful as the B-52s performance. Female teenagers, young adults, and adults had no reservations wearing these tiny garments which left so little to the imagination. Maxi dresses were on the other side of the spectrum; a nice balance between retro hippy-chic and generation-Y.
But, who could forget accessories? Handbags and tattoos were the most noticeable accessories on both men and women. Yes! Men can be stylish, too. Call them metro-sexual or avant-garde, these men didn’t leave home without their mailman handbag.
Street fashion is a big part of the Montreal Jazz Festival. It is a fusion of color, style, personality, and joie-de-vivre as the culture itself.