Hello there! I’m Brenna, a 20-something apparel major, blogger and stylist. I’m a Midwest ma’am (and now pending Seattleite) specializing in generating dynamic cheap-chic looks. A layering guru, self-confessed shoe hoarder and a high-low style mixologist.

I may be young, but I find beauty in what has been of the past, and immerse in the joy of what is today. I am all about high style that comes with a low price tag, and believe that style can be found at any budget. My style aesthetic is somewhere along the lines of fearlessly feminine, classicly preppy executed in a versatile and trendy fashion. I lust over Louboutins but strut around in Steve Maddens. I find the biggest thrill by helping someone identify, explore and execute their own personal style that is their exclamation point in the sentence of who they are.

The story of my life is told through these clothes, my difficulties through the wear of the soles of my shoes, and triumphs in the sparkle of my smile.

Join me and follow my journey.

Hair color and care thanks to Sara, advanced stylist at SEVEN the salon in Seattle.


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  1. Miss Sylvee
    July 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Very interesting blog. Age is nothing but a number. Glad to be following :)


  2. ChicStreetStyle
    July 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

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  3. Ashley
    September 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm (2 years ago)

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  4. ChicStreetStyle
    September 2, 2012 at 12:30 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks Ashley!

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    XoXo Brenna

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  16. ChicStreetStyle
    January 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm (2 years ago)

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  17. ChicStreetStyle
    January 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much. And this is just an about me page, but I can certainly apply this writing style to my OOTD posts as well.

  18. ChicStreetStyle
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    January 27, 2013 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

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  22. IM Forum
    February 1, 2013 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

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  23. ChicStreetStyle
    February 2, 2013 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

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  24. julie
    February 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Dear Brenna,
    I can’t thank you enough for your fashion passion. You taught me a lot about fashion and it’s amazing how a little hint can make such a difference to how cloths look on me. You have an enormous amount of valuable knowledge and talent.
    You are truly gifted and I loved how you choose cloths that compliment my figure so well, along with being “age appropriate”. Discovering my style thanks to the GREAT questions you asked is PRICELESS! I love wearing my new cloths and outfits that you put together for me. I love being able to look through my phone at all the pictures you took, of the outfits you put together for me, and choose what to wear for the day. I am still in such shock at how I got an entire new wardrobe all for under $200.00. Thanks to you I now have the knowledge and confidence to be able to go through my wardrobe and know I look my best. When I am in public, I always get compliments on how I am dressed and I always say it’s thanks to Brenna Lyden. She is amazing with her fashion passion.
    I thank you a million times for your fashion passion and supporting me to look and feel my best. In my opinion, Chic street style is one of the best places for fashion advice and more, on the planet! I am glad I worked with you now before you are famous because you are one gifted woman who knows her stuff and will go very far in her career.
    Tips I learned and have now after working with Brenna
    1. I know where to shop to get good deals for less money
    2. I know how to shop and what to look for
    3. I know what not to wear
    4. I know why to put certain outfits together
    5. I know how to put accessories with out-fits
    6. Was asked great questions to discover my style
    7. Was reminded of who I am dressing for: for me. When I look GREAT I feel GREAT!
    8. I now have Increased confidence
    9. She was honest with me in what did not look good on me
    10. Was supported in re-organizing my closet. Out with the old and in with the new. I got a complete new wardrobe for under $200.00
    Thank you for working with me. It was priceless!
    Misty Ann Cook

  25. ChicStreetStyle
    February 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much Misty! I loved working with you and starting your style revolution. You look fabulous!

  26. Misty Cook
    February 5, 2013 at 2:33 am (2 years ago)

    I have now made you blog my “home page” so I can keep up with the fashion and latest greatest trends. Thanks Brenna for your fashion inspiration. You are one talented and gifted woman.
    Misty Cook

  27. Misty Cook
    February 5, 2013 at 2:34 am (2 years ago)

    Opps, that is suppose to be “I have now made YOUR blog my home page. Typo :)

  28. ChicStreetStyle
    February 5, 2013 at 4:43 am (2 years ago)

    Aw thanks Misty!

  29. ChicStreetStyle
    February 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much! This is a free theme via WP but I tweaked it.

  30. ChicStreetStyle
    February 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much, don’t forget to follow for future posts!

  31. Stephanie D.
    February 24, 2013 at 5:46 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Brenna….I cant believe I just found your blog! LUV your style and looks and hope to embark on my own better dressed journey by following you!

    Stay Chic!


  32. ChicStreetStyle
    February 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Aw :) Thank you so much! You just made my entire day. Please make sure to follow & like on facebook to stay connected!

    XoXo Brenna

  33. Holly
    March 5, 2013 at 4:42 am (2 years ago)

    Sounds like a fun blog!

  34. Holly
    March 5, 2013 at 4:44 am (2 years ago)

    Will be following!

  35. ChicStreetStyle
    March 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much!

  36. KJ Fashion Styling.
    April 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey I’ve recently joined tumblr to try and get my styling more know, I’m 17 and trying to make it in the fashion world as a stylist. Is there anyway you could please check out my blog possibly? I completely understand if not but it would mean so much! x

  37. ChicStreetStyle
    April 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I checked out your blog, It’s a cool concept. But regardless of what you are blogging about, there needs to be text that engages your audience. If you want to know anything more about styling, don’t hesitate to contact me!

    XoXo Brenna

  38. KJ Fashion Styling.
    April 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s useful information! Thankyou xxxx

  39. KJ Fashion Styling.
    April 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve wrote a bit on every post, do you think that is a bit better xxxx

  40. ChicStreetStyle
    April 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    You just want your followers to connect to you, your story and your style.

    XoXo Brenna

  41. KJ Fashion Styling.
    April 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Hiya I’m currently doing my final major project in fashion retail, and my whole idea evolves around creating a styling business, blog, website etc. I was wondering if I could have a contact email that I could ask you some questions over as like an interview? x

  42. KJ Fashion Styling.
    April 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Thankyou so much! I will email you some later on! It means alot really thankyou! xxxx

  43. ChicStreetStyle
    April 15, 2013 at 3:04 pm (2 years ago)

    No problem at all!

  44. suruchiavasthi
    May 18, 2013 at 5:37 am (1 year ago)

    love your blog! coming form someone who is always looking for some style inspiration, your blog is awesome!

  45. ChicStreetStyle
    May 18, 2013 at 6:33 am (1 year ago)

    Aw :) thank you so much! Glad you like it.

    XoXo Brenna

  46. taylor roelofs
    June 3, 2013 at 5:07 am (1 year ago)

    so exciting to see a fellow fashion lover in minneapolis. i love your stye, very inspiring! do you ever shop at local consignment stores for high end pieces? i’ve found some really great ones in minneapolis and found tons of designer stuff at amazing prices. again, i love your blog. have a wonderful day!

    taylor roelofs

  47. Chic Street Style
    June 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Taylor, thank you so much! I love hearing from locals :) I used to a lot more than I do now, do you have any recommendations for places I should check out? I’d love to hear them!

    XoXo Brenna

  48. taylor roelofs
    June 21, 2013 at 2:38 am (1 year ago)

    hello again! i actually work at a high end consignment store called better than ever resale boutique. we are a smaller store but we always have fabulous designer items at amazing prices. we’d love to have you check us out on facebook or even stop by the store. also if you ever wanted to do a collaboration with maybe a giftcard giveaway on your blog we would love to work with you. please email me if that is something you would be interested in! have a great day :)

    taylor roelofs

  49. Chic Street Style
    June 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm (1 year ago)

    That sounds great! I would love to and I will definitely check it out and email you.

    XoXo Brenna

  50. Summer Ann
    September 10, 2013 at 2:00 am (1 year ago)

    Where is the dress you’re wearing in your profile pic from? (White lace) I NEED to have that, it looks like the perfect casual wedding dress!

  51. Chic Street Style
    September 10, 2013 at 4:53 am (1 year ago)

    Summer, thank you, I got it from H&M earlier this summer.

    Xo Brenna

  52. girlychristina
    October 9, 2013 at 4:20 am (1 year ago)

    Hi! I love your style and absolutely love your blog! I’m so happy I found it, I saw a pin on Pinterest and now I’m here! =) I look forward to seeing all your creative posts. =)

  53. Chic Street Style
    October 9, 2013 at 7:14 am (1 year ago)

    Aw thank you so much, keep following!

    Xo Brenna

  54. Francesca's Fashions
    November 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm (12 months ago)

    Hi Brenna, I was wondering if there was a way I could personally contact you via email or something? I have a couple questions about your styling services.

  55. Budding Fashionista
    November 11, 2013 at 5:59 am (11 months ago)

    I saw you liked my About Me page!! You just made my week! :) You’re truly one of my faves and I love following you on your fashion/travel adventures and getting inspiration from your looks! I also love how you take the time to respond to your followers on your blog and instagram. I know continued success is in your future! Thanks again for visiting my blog!! :)

  56. Chic Street Style
    November 11, 2013 at 7:00 am (11 months ago)

    Aw you are so sweet to say thank you for me liking your page :) That is something I pride myself on, I love getting back and thanking every single person who comments :) And by the way, I’m mentioning you in a post I’m publishing on the 15th!

    Xo Brenna

  57. Budding Fashionista
    November 11, 2013 at 7:09 am (11 months ago)

    SHUT UP!!!! Get out of town!! I am so flattered…as long as you’re not saying how much my blog sucks! haha! Well, I just CANNOT wait!! :)

  58. Chic Street Style
    November 11, 2013 at 7:10 am (11 months ago)

    Not even, tune in on the 15th to see :)

    Xo Brenna

  59. C. Gilmore
    February 12, 2014 at 4:46 am (8 months ago)

    Hi Brenna!
    First off, I love, love your blog. It’s given me so many new ideas on how to tackle my wardrobe and find myself as a 20 something fashion lover in a big and sorta scary world. I just have a quick question. I just had surgery for thyroid cancer and the result is a pretty large scar (about 7 inches) that wraps across the front of my neck and up one side almost to my ear. I have taken to wearing scarves (I have an obscene amount now) almost 24/7. However, I have a) run out of ideas on how to wear them without looking like I am in a uniform everyday, and b) don’t know how to accessorize in a way that hides the scar when it becomes too hot to wear scarves. I am still undergoing treatments and I am not ready to bear my scar just yet so if you have any suggestions, they would be much appreciated. Also, I hope your semester is going well. As a college student, I know the struggle all too well and hope you are not having too tough of a time.

  60. Chic Street Style
    February 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm (8 months ago)

    Hi Caroline,

    First of all, thank you so much! Second of all, you sound like a brave amazing woman. Part of me wants to tell you to wear it like a badge of honor, but that is much easier said than done. In the winter, turtlenecks, when accessoried correctly have become very stylish. J.crew also makes “tissue turtlenecks” that are definitely doable in summer. Or, for the summers, there are so many lighter, chiffon material scarves. There is a video from Wendy’s look book on how to wear a scarf 30 ways in thirty seconds? I don’t know if that’s exactly it. Go to her YouTube account and learn how to rock them different ways! Hopefully this helps. Good luck on your journey.

    Xo Brenna

  61. C. Gilmore
    February 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm (8 months ago)

    Thanks so much! I will definitely check out the J. crew turtlenecks.

  62. SimplySG
    March 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm (8 months ago)

    Where did you get your white tunic off the shoulder top? The one you wore with the colbalt blue pants and the cognac shoes? I am dying to find it :)

  63. Chic Street Style
    March 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm (8 months ago)

    I got it from express over a year ago :/ good luck!

    Xo Brenna

  64. Megan
    March 14, 2014 at 4:19 am (7 months ago)

    Hey… just stumbled on your blog for the first time. You are beautiful, elegant and so well put together! Everything about your look is classy. I just wanted to say hi and also that it looks like your pics got more professional-looking with time. Great blog!! I like you “about me” section, it’s original.

  65. Chic Street Style
    March 14, 2014 at 4:21 am (7 months ago)

    Aw thank you so much Megan! The photography thing is an evolution of sorts… It will get even better yet! Thanks for following along :)

    Xo Brenna

  66. Farah Kdouh
    April 5, 2014 at 10:07 am (7 months ago)

    Hello brenna :)
    would you mind liking my new fb fashion page at http://www.facebook.com/blondedusk7 ?
    It would mean a lot of help and support since I’m pretty new :)
    Please and thank you <3

  67. Chic Street Style
    April 5, 2014 at 1:10 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi Farah,

    I will give it a look and if I genuinely like it then I will. I never “like for like.”


  68. Farah Kdouh
    April 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm (7 months ago)

    yea that’s what I meant xx

  69. Chic Street Style
    June 17, 2014 at 11:53 pm (4 months ago)

    Aw thank you! And I’ll try (no time right now!)


  70. Chic Street Style
    June 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm (4 months ago)

    Thank you so much!


  71. Maximi Store
    July 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm (4 months ago)

    Hello ,

    We want to start by saying we love your inspiring fashion blog – mostly your sense of style, which is exactly what we are looking for!

    We are a small business who loves fashion and is just getting started,we try to make our products as affordable as they can be. The purpose of this email is to invite you to join our team! How would it work? You would get a “promo code” with your name so people can use it at check out when purchasing from our web site : http://www.maximiStore.com – For each purchase you will get a 5% commission (redeemed with store credit or Paypal) and we would randomly sent you items/gifts ( usually new merchandise ).

    This is just a brief introduction,If you are interested please replay .

    We appreciate your time, sincerely

    -Maximi Store

  72. Chic Street Style
    July 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm (4 months ago)


    I so appreciate the comment and offer. Looking at your store, I think it has a lot of potential. But due to the inconsistency in assortment, blurry images, etc. I don’t feel comfortable promoting a business that doesn’t have a super professional medium to sell through.

    I wish you the best of luck in your new business!


  73. Megan Irmscher
    July 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi! My name is Megan Irmscher and I am 15! I am a up and coming fashion designer! I, like you, also have a major passion for fashion! I recently toured Iowa State, and during my meeting, Mrs. Wise told me about your blog! I probably spent about 2 hours last night scrolling though a lot of your postings (I was supposed to be doing summer reading but I found more enjoyment on your blog, oops). I am so excited to start following your journey and finding inspiration through your outfits!! I loved your postings of when you took a semester in Italy! It seemed like so much fun and later when its time for me to go to college, I hope I get the opportunity to travel abroad like you! Also, congrats on becoming the editor and chief of Trend Magazine! I have heard so much interesting facts about the magazine! I know you have been busy with your Nordstrom internship, but if you are ever just looking around on pinterest, I would love for you to check my account out!! It would mean a lot! Its Megan Irmscher!

  74. Chic Street Style
    July 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm (3 months ago)

    Hi Megan,

    Well thank you so much. Iowa state has been a surprisingly amazing place to start my career. I’ve had so many wonderful opportunities because of it. Thanks for spending two hours of your life on my blog, haha.


  75. Rachel
    August 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm (2 months ago)

    I’ve visited your blog before but never realized you went to Iowa State! I am an Iowa State grad and absolutely loved my experience there! Love your blog too! :)

  76. Chic Street Style
    August 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh my goodness! What a small world!


  77. jennay3
    August 15, 2014 at 10:26 pm (2 months ago)

    You have great style. Love your blog!

  78. Chic Street Style
    August 15, 2014 at 10:51 pm (2 months ago)

    Thank you so much! I’m so glad.


  79. Chic Street Style
    August 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm (2 months ago)

    Thank you so much Jennay!


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