Which Auckland Style Stereotype Are You?

Whichever inner-city suburb you identify with, there's no denying that 'Jafa style' can be broken down into these stereotypes


KINGSLAND cool | The land of Kings is well-known for also being the land of the hip, with locals often getting around by foot or bike. Their environmentally conscious approach to life extends to their wardrobes, mixing obscure investment brands with rare (and pricey) hard-to-find vintage pieces. Alternative brands with an eco-conscious focus are all the better for name-dropping said brands into conversation at a nearby organic pop-up coffee stand. Style Icon: Alexa Chung. Picture / Getty. GALLERY: Alexa Chung’s best looks

REMUERA modern prep | From their local stomping ground of Newmarket, the Remuera set are a stone’s throw away from their favourite stores filled with preppy paraphernalia, fashion included. You’ll see her at David Lawrence for a smart cocktail dress, and Country Road for a bargain. Her wardrobe of cable knit sweaters sit in drawers lined with perfumed scented paper, and her collection of loafers are tidly organised with wooden shoe horns. After all, taking good care of your things has been passed down from generations. Style Icons: The Duchess of Cambridge, Poppy Delevingne. Picture / Getty. READ: Dissecting Kate Middelton’s diplomatic wardrobe

K RD alt and arty | Largely described as being ‘arty’, you’ll find these exotic creatures crossing the intersection in wafts of fabric and draping. Other looks merge into Instagram’s nostalgia for the 90s in ironic Goth Lolita looks, complete with fishnet tights and a blunt fringe. Several local fashion heroes started out here, like Kristine Crabb with her first store Rip, Shit and Bust, and the strip is home to well-stocked vintage stores - so naturally there’s an inclination to mix beloved local brands like Jimmy D and Lela Jacobs with special vintage finds. No K Rd look is complete without an equally arty trinket from Company of Strangers or Meadowlark. Style Icons: Stephanie Sokolinski aka Soko, Alice Dellal, Grimes. Picture / Supplied. GALLERY: Re-visit Miss Crabb's K Rd sidewalk show at New Zealand Fashion Week

PONSONBY trend alert | Whatever the must-have item of the season is, Ponsonby ladies have it. Whether a strap baring bra from Lonely or a slinky Miss Crabb wrap dress for special occasions, the Ponsonby lass is mostly at home wearing athleisure straight from barre class to brunching at Bambina. She owns several pairs of Levi's, is a regular at Superette, and has a closet made up almost entirely of her favourite designer of all, fellow Ponsonby local Karen Walker. Style Icon: Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski. Picture / Getty. READ: An Interview with Pip Edwards of P.E Nation

CBD chic | Polished with plenty of chic, and a wardrobe consisting of figure-hugging dresses, blazers and a camel coat (or two). Basics are crucial: think classic white shirts, sharp blazers and pumps, most intimidating when stalking down Shortland St during a power lunch break. She gravitates towards local designers who make polished workwear, such as Juliette Hogan and Helen Cherry, worn with plenty of fancy imports from CBD stores - a silk Equipment shirt from Fabric or Dries van Noten cashmere sweater from Scotties. Style Icons: Victoria Beckham, Ivanka Trump. Picture / Getty. READ: Summer workwear styling tips

GREY LYNN earth mother | Yoga, pilates, breakfast bowls, smoothies - this well-rested nature goddess has a calm demeanour with a wardrobe to suit, made from organic fabrics that are environmentally friendly. Whether picking up her Nature Baby clad tots from Montessori pre-school or picking up some chia seeds from Harvest Wholefoods, she makes all the other mums jealous with her calm manner and easy simplicity. Brands like Kowtow and Stella McCartney make up a large portion of her closet, with plenty of athleisure in neutral tones (no garish brights here), looking effortless when heading off to Body Balance classes. Style Icons: Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney. Picture / Getty. READ: At home with Kowtow’s Gosia Piatek

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