One of the things we love about Portland is its latitude for distinctive, personal style. There’s no one way to be in Portland. And there’s a wide tolerance for creative expression–whatever weird turn that might take.
So if you happen to love biking naked in the rain, few Portland residents will turn their heads in amazement or disapproval. They may smile, but that’s it.
If you collect vintage eyewear and wear your collection sans actual lenses, you will be complimented on your ingenuity–and copied.
If you routinely paint yourself blue and parade around downtown, no one will raise an eyebrow. You might, however, be asked where to buy the paint and if there are other colors available.
When it comes to fashion, there are trendsetters on every street corner in Portland. Just park your derriere and observe. Beyond the purple hair, tattoos, and face piercings, you’ll begin to notice and appreciate each individual esthetic.
There’s thought and care here. Creative discernment and curation. A story. You might even be tempted to reach for your camera.
That’s what local photographer cum style blogger, Lisa Warninger, did in 2009. And Urban Weeds is the result. Her street style blog now appears in New York Magazine and frequently tops worldwide charts on Street Style News.
Lisa says, “I photograph people that I find inspiring. This doesn’t mean that every bit of every outfit is perfect, we are in Portland after all. This city is full of creatives and innovative thinkers.”
In the pictures she takes and the stories they tell, Lisa redefines the notion of style as we usually perceive it. She chooses “ordinary” people wearing their usual attire on the streets of Portland.
We love that she doesn’t limit her selections to bone-thin model types, great beauties, or even to women. No two budding “fashionistas” are alike. Style. It’s everywhere. This is Portland after all.
Connect with Lisa Warninger
- Lisa Warninger Photography: http://www.lisawarninger.com/
- Urban Weeds blog: http://www.urbanweedsblog.com/
- Urban Weeds on Facebook: Urban Weeds
- Urban Weeds on Twitter: @UrbanWeedsBlog
- Urban Weeds on Pinterest: Lisa Warninger
- Urban Weeds on Flicker: UrbanWeeds
- Urban Weeds in Instagram: UrbanWeedsBlog