Street Style


Street style in Minsk

Photo report by Natalia Lapina from Minsk

  • © Natalia Lapina
    Anya
    an organizer of loft projects
    I buy many things on flea markets. For example, there is such a market in Place d’Aligre in Paris, where I bought clothes and antiques at the price of one or two Euros. There is a flea market in a suburb of Moscow, where I bought a case from an old radio, which I now use as a little suitcase.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Anya
    an organizer of loft projects
    I am wearing an overcoat bought in a second-hand shop for two Euros, and high boots from an Amsterdam shop which trades in vintage clothes and shoes. I bought this backpack on a flea market, it also cost me about two Euros, and the bike is the present of my ex-boyfriend.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Alexander
    a journalist
    I usually buy clothes abroad. As a result, it turns out to be more expensive but it is no longer interesting for me to shop in Minsk, and the process is rather casual there. Discounts are sometimes more important for me than the price itself — I just want my shopping to be effective and advantageous for me. 
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Alexander
    a journalist
    In clothes, I mostly value comfort. I am ready to put up with discomfort for the sake of beauty but only for a couple of days — after that I will put on my favorite sneakers again. My look demonstrates only one thing: I have no stereotypes and no masks.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Anna
    a mother of two childre
    I rather often buy clothes in mass-markets: Zara, Mango, H&M, and Reserved. I love our Belorussian designers, especially their handbags. In clothes, I prefer simple designs with interesting details, basic clothes and colors.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Anna
    a mother of two childre
    I try to prove with my own look that it is possible to look stylish and modern, even dressing cheaply. The basic wardrobe helps a lot. I also like the family look format of and I practice it with my family. This is fun and harmonious. I am wearing an H&M shirt and jumper, Reserved culottes, a Naf Naf coat, a Zara shawl, Nike sneakers, and a handbag of the Belorussian Killtoday brand.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Lera
    a bartender
    I usually buy clothes in Vilnius, where I go to take college exams. I prefer mass market, because I have no money to buy designer clothes and no patience to go to stock and second-hand shops. In clothes, the most important thing is to feel something in my heart when I see the outfit. So, I buy clothes rarely, only when I love them.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Lera
    a bartender
    I pay 15 minutes to taking care of my look, only if something terrible happens and I have been crying for three days under the plaid and d watched horrible series. I am wearing a Zara overcoat which I bought at a sale, boots of some Canadian brand, a sweater knitted by my mother, a dress and a backpack, a relic of my former love, — these are the gifts of my ex-boyfriend which he bought in India.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Natalya
    a computer programmer
    I prefer Belorussian designers now. I can bring something from a foreign trip, which are now more numerous in my life. In any clothes, their quality and design are primary for me. I have inherited the view of the design and style from my mom. I remember even altering her clothes.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Natalya
    a computer programmer
    I want to express myself by my look, which in some cases, for example, at work, means that I try to control my happy nature and look more elegant and yappy, so that my look made me more confident. I am wearing everything made by the Belorussian designers: a Leorgofman trench coat, a Killtoday bag, a Heartiness shawl, and lampwork earrings by the Bugayevs.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Leonid
    an advertising specialist
    I normally buy clothes in Internet shops like ASOS and Lamoda. I sometimes go to the local shops and malls, if I need something. And of course, I shop abroad!
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Leonid
    an advertising specialist
    Actually, I spend little time on my wardrobe: I buy most of my clothes occasionally and spontaneously. In clothes, I value what is important at the given moment — from an impressive look to comfort.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Xenia
    a makeup and hair stylist,
    a blogger
    I most often buy clothes when I travel to European countries, in second-hand shops and from Belorussian designers. Sometimes, rather rarely, I exchange clothes with my girlfriends. The choice of clothes usually depends on the mood.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Xenia
    a makeup and hair stylist,
    a blogger
    I wouldn’t say I am purposefully developing my own style. Everything occurs spontaneously: my outfits find me. I am wearing a coat, trousers, and a blouse from H&M and No Name boots; the Heartiness scarf, the Killtoday bag, and the Vedovka earrings are by Belorussian designers.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Julja and Dasha
    students
    Julia: I often buy clothes in second-hand shops or I get them from my relatives. I most often value comfort in clothes, because I never know over what kind of a fence I will have to climb. I do not care about the reaction of the surrounding people to my look: my philosophy is always to do what I like, so, no one can tell me how I should dress myself or apply makeup.

    Dasha: I like mass market, second-hand shops and clothes with history. Besides, I often rummage in my grandmother’s chests and in my grandfather’s closets. In clothes, universalism is the most important thing for me, as things should match each other, and affordability.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Julja
    Studentin
    I am wearing my mother’s Zara overcoat, a pendant from some shop of handmade jewelry in Vilnius, old Dr. Martens boots, a Jennyfer cardigan; my jeans were bought in St. Pete, I took my shirt from my boyfriend, and my sunglasses come from China.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Dascha
    Studentin
    I try to wear comfy clothes but I pay little time to replenishing my wardrobe: I buy clothes when I have to. I cannot say that I try to send a message to people by the way I dress myself: it is more important for me to wear the right clothes corresponding to the weather, rather than to rely upon people’s opinions. I am wearing a Tvoye sweatshirt, an Oodji scarf and glasses, Dr. Martens boots, I got my jacket from my father, and my grandmother bought this bag in Moscow and gave it to me as a gift.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Oksana
    a founder of a brand for hand-woven clothes
    I am a great admirer of the Belorussian designers. My favorite local brands include my own brand Heartiness, plus Boitsik, Zibra, and AVA. Among mass market brands, I like Sisley and Massimo Dutti. The main qualities of clothes are comfort, quality, and design. The next thing is the unique nature of the item. This is why I more and more often buy designer clothes.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Oksana
    a founder of a brand for hand-woven clothes
    I have only my favorite clothes in my wardrobe. Now I consider what I will wear with what, and I rarer buy spontaneously and impulsively. I am now wearing an Adidas sweatshirt, a Sisley skirt, a hand-woven Heartiness shawl, Calzedonia tights, a Zibra vest, a Farbotka bag, Puma sneakers, Pilgrim earrings, and Lindex bracelet; I bought my linen hat in a second-hat shop.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Vadim
    a designer of creative projects
    I used to buy clothes abroad more often but recently there have appeared goods shops in Minsk, which have a similar assortment of goods, so now my shopping ratio is 50/50. My preferences also change with the time: now these are Joop, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, MarcoPolo, NorthFace, Timberland, and Nike.
  • © Natalia Lapina
    Vadim
    a designer of creative projects
    Anyway, in clothes I value the balance among comfort, quality and price. No clothes are more comfortable than clothes designed for mountaineering or generally for outdoor activity. Yet, such clothes are not yet accepted in our society as casual wear. So, I have to wear the so-called civil style.

    Relevant topics

    To have and to be

    A universal measure of happiness

    BORDERLAND

    The subtle balance of borderline states

    DIS-STANCE

    The light-to-dark transition zone

    SEROTONIN

    The sleep of reason produces monsters

    WATCHING

    About watching films: what to watch and how to see