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Thursday, October 13, 2011

S.F. Street Fashion: Every Shirt Tells a Story

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

KATE CONGER
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Fashion always tells a story. Sometimes it's a common narrative. For instance, we can more easily identify articles of clothing from the 1960s, '70s, and '80s than we can paintings from the same decades. A generation's look can become its most recognizable feature. Sometimes the story is personal -- the dress I wore on my birthday or the shoes I had on during a breakup will never lose the significance of that moment. The other day a friend tried to remember when she and her boyfriend first started dating; she did it by recalling each of her daily outfits and finally declaring that she was wearing a skirt I gave her when it happened.

This week on the street, I heard lots of stories. It's my favorite part of the job when a photo leads to a conversation and I get to hear the history of a particular garment.

KATE CONGER
  • Kate Conger

This lady was selling her hats on the sidewalk. Her company is named Tiny Tops. She initially designed the hats for burlesque dancers, then expanded the enterprise after people repeatedly stopped her on the street to ask where she got her hat. The somber colors of hers keep it from being too flamboyant, and the construction is much better than other mini hats I've seen. Hers clip into the hair instead of wrapping the head with an uncomfortable elastic strap.

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