Is it fall yet? This week’s style inspiration

To honor San Francisco’s upcoming Fashion Week/Awards, I rounded up my current favorite style ensembles. These layered looks are stylish and head-turning while still relaxed and playful. Most of all, they’re perfect for San Francisco fall, which we know can range from 80 degrees down to 40 within the space of the same day.

The changeable weather is even more fun if you have a cross-bay commute similar to yours truly. I can guarantee that if I’m comfortably dressed for braving the San Francisco fog, I’ll be dripping sweat and smearing foundation everywhere by the time I arrive in crystal-clear, sunny Berkeley. Around here, layers are as necessary as iPhones and PBR. I used to laugh at people who wore scarves during seasons that were not winter. How times have changed.

I chose to feature these four looks because the styles mesh together beautifully, but each stands out on its own merit. I arranged the styles in order from within my fashion comfort zone on toward intriguing/intimidating. I feel comfortable with my solid personal style, but sometimes evolution is a good thing.

This first look is the perfect example of less-is-more style that still stands out. To take it through a mercurial San Francisco day, I’d carry an oversized bag with a pair of thick tights (or two) and a scarf stashed inside. Temperature drops 20 degrees? No prob, Bob.

I love the second look for its quirky cuteness and accessibility. Layered looks can be intimidating, especially when playing with different textures and hem lengths. It’s easy to break your body’s line up when layering like this, but leaving the buttons open and belting the ensemble helps keep things streamlined. I also love how she combines neutrals with a single pop of mustard, which keeps it fun but wearable.

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This third look is a classic example of downtown cool- a little disheveled, a little androgynous, but most of all well-coordinated and edgy. I’ll totally admit I’m biased toward pixie haircuts with attitude (hey, there’s nothing wrong with being a little narcissistic!), and Kelly from The GlaMourAi rocks this shaggy cut. I like how she uses fewer layers of clothing but adds the chunky necklace to give the outfit interest and dimension. The pattern-on-pattern works because she keeps the colors in a similar family. Love it!

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My final pick is one of my favorites and is a fun challenge to interpret for my own style. I love how everything is oversized- the hat, trousers, bag, blazer- even her loosely styled hair is long and dramatic. A look like this could easily veer into sloppy territory, but she keeps it crisp with a well-tailored blazer and cuffed sleeves that keep the look feminine. I’ve been pretty married to my cigarette pants recently, but this look inspires me to take a chance on a dramatic silhouette. It’s always fun to stand out from the jegging crowd, right?

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Now that I’ve steeped myself in all this inspirational eye candy, it’s time to embrace September and get ready for fashion week. My mission is to unpack my sweaters, layer it up, and not being afraid to combine some new silhouettes. The temperature outside might not be in crisp fall mode yet, but I’m nothing if not optimistic about the weather.

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Street Style: Edgy Chic with a Peachy Pop

Olia Kedik of Skool Restaurant

Last Saturday, I volunteered with the Junior League of SF at the SOMA StrEAT Food Park, a delicious grouping of food trucks that benefits local organizations through their Donate ‘n’ Dine events. Last week’s event benefited Goodwill and SCRAP, with attendees donating gently used goods to be resold or scrap materials that local artists reuse for creative projects.

Amidst the boxes of electronics and bags of shoes, I spotted Olia Kedik of the Design District’s Skool Restaurant and accosted her to discuss her badass style. The pompadour, the shades, the vest, the peach shorts…. I couldn’t pass this up! I definitely kneeled in something that defies definition when I crouched down to grab a close-up of the boots, but I can confidently say it was worth it. They add just the right amount of relaxed, Saturday cool to her polished ensemble.

The bangle and studded belt give the outfit a little bit of rocker girl vibe and bump the peach shorts up a notch. We’ve already established that I love combining tough elements with a feminine piece, which Olia totally nailed.

On my end, Mike from Goodwill let me hop on the truck with him! Here we are doing our “let’s take on the world!” pose. I will fully acknowledge that he could lift three of me, and I can maybe manage a single grocery bag in each hand. Embarrassing.

I don’t think I’ll be able to stay away from StrEAT Food Park for long. Where else can you get a vegan smoked apple sausage and wash it down with Peruvian sweet potato fries and white sangria? That’s right. They have vegan sausage. And that, my friends, is why I love San Francisco.

http://somastreatfoodpark.com

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As if I needed one more reason to love Marc Jacobs.

I watched the Marc Jacobs fashion show today. Live. True, I was wearing my boyfriend jeans and a cardigan while sitting in my office in San Francisco instead of ringside in NYC, but I’m going to go ahead and say that it still counts.

I sat, slack-jawed, as model after model stepped out wearing a season’s worth of pieces that made me wish I had a big old American Express card with no limit standing by. Ok, I’d probably have some remorse the next day, but the collection is just THAT good. I’ve already expressed my love of 60’s mod silhouettes and thigh-grazing hemlines, and Mr. Jacobs was kind enough to create a collection just for me. Ok, not really, but a girl can dream! And on top of that, he even streamed it live. Now, there’s a true gentleman.

This article in 7×7 gets into more detail about how and why a company called Bumebox is changing the industry by taking down some of the walls that have kept fashion lovers-but-not-insiders at bay during Fashion Week. It’s one thing to read the post-show play-by-play and quite another to experience it in real time, as I did today. Given Marc Jacobs’s down-to-earth way of relating to his devotees, it’s no surprise he was in the first wave of designers to bring this technology on board.

I can’t get enough of the crispness of the designs, both in the cut as well as the patterns of the fabric. It’s the ultimate cool-without-trying-too-hard, a look that most of us aspire to even if we don’t always achieve it. I can easily swoon over much of the art at fashion week, but rarely do I see something that feels so wearable. These pieces themselves may be out of my reach until my income quintuples, but for now I’ll take it in as inspiration.

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