You wear it well

In case you missed it, Asheville Street Style launched online earlier this year. The photo-based Web site—check it out at—documents Asheville’s colorful and creative fashion scene.

Images, gathered by a team of photographers, run the gamut from the DIY and recycled styles spotted on Lexington Ave. and boutique-y looks seen on downtown workers on lunch break, to wildly fanciful creations fashioned for events and edgy outfits worn on stage at local music shows.

Why Asheville Street Style? Well, like many larger cities—New York, Paris, Tokyo and Helsinki—Asheville has its own flavor, hard-to-pin-down and equally hard-to-deny artistic essence that comes out in the free-spirited apparel of its residents. Love it or hate it, the local street style is constantly evolving and often inspiring. Where Asheville’s streets used to be home to Birkenstocks worn with socks and hiking boots worn with everything, these days there are as many punk, emo, Boho, urban, glam, indie and arty influences informing this particular brand of fashion as there are nods to the hippy lifestyle.

So, Asheville Street Style is about clothing, but it’s also about the people who make Asheville the vibrant creative community we all enjoy.

For more photos (and to add your comments or share links), visit The site is updated regularly. Want to be part of this ongoing project? Contact Alli Marshall at

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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