In the age of music mash-ups, shabby chic décor and Asian fusion fare, sporting a singular style is way passé. Whether your urban style is hip-hop influenced or just simply the look of a busy city dweller, both have one thing in common: practicality with a bit of pizzazz. There's not a lot of room for fuss in urban style because you need to get where you're going in comfort. This means practical fabrics like cool cottons, stretchy knits, denim that gives and shoes that let you move. In the summer, you're looking at gauzy dresses and knit skirts paired with cotton tops and ballet flats. Cold weather urban gear may mean boyfriend jeans and big boots with a tailored top and a warm, but fitted, jacket.
So, what would it mean to add some cosmopolitan flair to your urban style? By definition, cosmopolitan means someone who is familiar and at ease with many cultures. So, if you want to appear street smart with a world view, a great example of incorporating this attitude into your wardrobe would be donning a colorful kaftan over your skinny jeans for a look that's "Marrakesh-meets-the-Big Apple." If you're feeling a little bohemian, you can pair a flowy top with colorful embroidery with your favorite short shorts and gladiator sandals. Or a peasant skirt with a cotton tank and your beat up Chucks to mesh cosmo and urban -- we're picturing 17th-century gypsies rather than Sienna Miller.