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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Prints and Pocket Squares: Tips from S.F.'s Sartorial Gents

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM

  • Kate Conger

Last week, the stylish women of S.F. inspired me and dominated my street fashion post. This week, I'm making up for the gender imbalance by focusing on menswear. But men's fashion is tricky. There are only so many variations of the same old T-shirt and jeans, yet it's difficult to break away from that uniform without getting totally wild. Ultimately, men's style comes down to the details. A good watch, the right print on a shirt, or a well-cut jacket can make all the difference.

My search for expressive gentlemen led me, of course, to the Castro, where I found some of my favorite fashion statements. It also taught me a few rules of thumb. For instance, slightly overdressed is better then mostly undressed. (I'm looking at you, Dolores Park sunbathers.) Check out the fashionable guys -- and gals -- of San Francisco.

  • Kate Conger

Men always seem more surprised than women when I ask to photograph them. The attitude they present is denial, as if they're accidentally stylish. I didn't expect that from such clearly intentional dressers as these two, but sure enough, they both had that familiar, puzzled expression. Maybe they were just being humble. Either way, they're wearing some of my favorite menswear flourishes -- floral print and pocket squares.

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