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IMG_20190714_151617Anyone sporting a stylish hat will catch my eye but to see a cloche is an extra treat.

What a nice ensemble for a hot summer afternoon in Sacramento. The shift dress looks comfortable and yet, it’s still an upgrade in a crowd of jeans and shorts. The patterned scarf adds a little pop to the dress. I like the black and white shoes, which coordinate with the scarf. I’d like them even more if they had a heel. As for the purse, to keep with the vintage vibe and color theme, a clutch in black or white (or black and white) would have been a better choice.

Of course it’s the stylish chapeau that tops the outfit just right and in spite of my observations, I think this woman looks delightful.

Hooray for ladies who wear hats!

 

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Lesley Warren from Salon 1757.

I’m a regular at Salon 1757 in North Berkeley where Kit Cullinane has been keeping my hair looking its bobbed best since 2006. On a recent visit to the salon I thought stylist Leslie Warren was looking particularly Berkeley chic.

It’s the pants that make the outfit. Lesley tells me she found them in the Juniors Department at Nordstrom in Seattle. (It’s always smart to look in Juniors.)  The detailing along the sides is a current trend and turns otherwise simple pants into something interesting. The shoes are just the right Berkeley quirky and the low heel is perfect with the shorter hem-length of the pants. Lesley punches up the all black look with a colorful scarf. And of course her full bouncy red hair tops it all off nicely. I also really like her subtle cat-eye glasses.

 

 

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It’s all in the detail.

Berkeley has always had its own unique style. Part European or Asian, part hippie, part DIY. Think non-structured silhouettes, Dansko clogs, shades of black and gray, geometric patterns, texture, natural fabrics (linen is a favorite), layering, and sometimes a touch of vintage.

Thank you, Lesley! I’ll be seeing you again in the salon.

 

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In the deep suburbs it’s difficult to find any inspired style. Everyone looks the same in their alt-leisure/yoga wear. So I was pleasantly surprised to spot this woman in the post office.

Screaming 70s style we have: the short jacket with faux fur trim hood, the flared tight jeans, and even her hard leather shoulder bag, which she doesn’t wear cross body – not done back then.

The boots can’t be seen here but they’re a low chunky heel and her hair is straight, long, and dyed very blonde. The clue that we haven’t entered a time-travel machine (given the age of the post office itself we might think, hmm …)  is that she’s sporting the black shirt below the jacket hemline. That is a modern layering look and it wasn’t done back in the day.

I doubt any of these pieces are vintage but worn all together the total look certainly presents vintage.

Hooray for something different!

 

 

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I spotted these two women at a trendy seafood restaurant in North Beach. The pair were sitting at the counter right in front of me and what caught my eye is that they are dressed almost exactly alike.

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It was a cold, damp afternoon in January and they evidently decided to think spring with their choice of beige sweaters and white leggings. I’m not a fan of dead white in the dead of winter  – it just feels all wrong – but I do like the color combo and these ladies are on trend as beige is the hot new color for spring.

I also like their sneaker choice and you can’t really see, but the woman on the right is wearing a classic Burberry scarf around her neck.

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It’s a little too early for these ensembles but they are perfect for upcoming spring 2019. Casual yet chic. Comfortable yet presentable. A nice balance for bumming around the city.

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IMG_20180730_183415On a recent visit to LA, I flew on JetSuite X, an airline that flies in and out of small airports in California and Nevada. While hanging at the Burbank Airport – Hangar 2 –  waiting for my flight home, I spotted this girl (pictured).

My first thought was: Is that vintage? (It’s not.) My second thought: Love it with the boots! My third thought: It’s hot as hell right now. I can’t imagine wearing that.

I actually don’t care for the jacket and pants. I’m not a fan of that pale denim color and the silhouette feels a little too 1990s. I also find the repeated Versace logo obnoxious. But what saves it and why I decided to write about it, is the boots. They are unexpected in color and pattern and they don’t really go with the outfit, in an interesting way. Of course boots on a hot July day in LA is absurd, nevertheless the look works and this girl pulls it off. Perhaps this was her “jet set flying outfit.” I can see that.

Turns out she was waiting for a flight to Las Vegas, so ah, no surprise. (Side note – a woman arrived on a flight from Vegas wearing slippers and expensive looking silk pajamas in a bright red floral pattern – no I’m not kidding. She accessorized with layers of attitude. By the way, it was 5PM, not AM.) Yeah, what happens in Vegas should REALLY stay in Vegas!

There’s more. When Versace Girl turned around I saw that the jacket was open and all she was wearing underneath was a white lace bra. Nice and fully covered but, a bra all the same. Retail price at Saks Fifth Avenue for the Versace jacket and pants = $2600.

I have to say there was more fashion interest going on at this JetSuite X hangar than I ever see at the usual large airport terminals.

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IMG_20180606_185921 (1)Now this guy knows how to beat the heat with style. He was parked here on the corner of Canal and Royal streets on a partly sunny and humid Friday afternoon.

White crop slacks in linen (or maybe cotton). Ah, yeah! Is all I have to say. I have never seen a man in cropped pants but I like it and clearly it’s a smart choice in hot weather. HOWEVER, you better know what you’re doing and he does. He’s paired the slacks with a loose fitting lavender short-sleeve shirt, untucked. Lavender is so nice with white – very summer. White shoes are A-OK after Memorial Day. To top it all off he’s wearing a hat, which by the way is not so unusual in NOLA. The Pork Pie is his hat of choice. Pork Pie was a go-to style for Jazz saxophonist Lester Young. I wonder if my dapper friend is a musician.

Sure this look is unusual but he pulls it off and hey, we’re in New Orleans where everyone marches to the beat of their own drum.

More NOLA Street Style coming up next week.

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On a recent visit to New Orleans, I found some unexpected street style.

I spotted this lovely woman one evening in the French Quarter, where the air was thick with heat and live jazz – New Orleans style. She really stood out among the crowd of people milling about dressed in shorts, jeans, and sneakers.

First of all she’s wearing a dress! A dress is always an upgrade and it fits her well, successfully balancing sexy with polite. The bold print and shades of green and blue are ideal choices for the sunny weather. The long scarf in two tones of pink adds even more color but she correctly stops there choosing a pair of sophisticated heels in black to top off her look. I think her hair looks fabulous, too.

So nicely done.

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