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Slackliners’ unique style sense shines in Istanbul, Turkey


Slackliner's sartorial style

Slackliner’s sartorial style

 

Sartorial Slackliner Style. 

By: Alba Brunetti

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Ever since the Gezi protests last year Istanbullu have re-discovered the importance of parks – not just as pockets of nature in a rapidly gentrifying city, but as vital parts of the community. After Gezi, parks became gathering places for forums (open air meetings) where citizens discussed the ways they wanted to see their country change and grow. Some of those forums still meet today.

 

Slackliner's sartorial style

Slackliner’s sartorial style

 

People have also opened themselves up to park culture – free yoga classes, newly constructed bike lanes and meet-ups of alternative economy groups (like Zumbara) offer park goers activities and reasons to get together (not that the ever-social Istanbullu need an excuse because they are a naturally welcoming and hospitable bunch.)

 

Slackliner's sartorial style

Slackliner’s sartorial style

 

My neighborhood park has a forum, several charming tea gardens, picnickers on weekdays and weekends, several playgrounds and cable cars that get you from one side of the park to the other. It’s my little oasis in the bustling city – ok, not just mine. It’s also the meeting place for Istanbul’s Slackline community, a group that meets every other week or so in different parks around the city. Slackliners are a welcoming group and their meetings draw jugglers and other types performers as well that often take time to show the newbies how-to. (Several weeks ago, I learned how to throw a boomerang – and no one got hurt, quite a feat!).

 

Slackliner's sartorial style

Slackliner’s sartorial style

 

The fashion choices of Slackliners this time of year are in a word, all about the shorts. Yeah, it’s hot in the city. Men almost to a one favor board shorts – solid colors are common, but the very in-the-know know that understated dark plaids are where it’s at. Women favour short shorts – but that’s more about park culture than city street culture.

 

Slackliner's sartorial style

Slackliner’s sartorial style

 

Summer in the city means cute little outfits for the ladies, shorts are more for activities that are sports – or beach – related. Men also favor bold graphic ts – definitely body conscious – and vintage inspired for those who like a more on-trend vibe. And hair –yeah, the gentlemen have got it going on with man buns, top knots, pony tails, dreds and sweet boyish haircuts that make the teenyboppers swoon.  Overall it’s free and easy and most of all cool (fashion-wise and temperature-wise.)  If you are interested in Slacklining, check out Facebook to see if your community has a group that meets regularly. Then throw on some shorts, a body conscious t and turn your hometown park into an alternative summer fashion adventure.

 

 Photography by Alba Brunetti

 

*Alba Brunetti was born in Italy, grew up in New York City and now calls Istanbul home. She loves finding the next beautiful thing in fashion and letting you know about it. Check out her blog: The Bluest I –http://thebluesti.blogspot.com/ and you can find her on Twitter: @AlbaBrunetti 

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