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Friday, March 16, 2012

S.F. Street Fashion: Don't Get Swept Away!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM


Our weather has finally gone the way of the power mom -- it, too, can get everything done at once. Rather than rain throughout winter, why not just pack all the downpour into one week? This smart move saves time for other weather-like activities. You know, sun, fog, all that good stuff. Unfortunately for me, my hair is allergic to rain, so I've been staying inside painting my nails over and over. I finally crept outside to see how all you fashionable citizens are coping with the weather, and I was sure you'd all been swept away like the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, but you're still out there (so is the Boardwalk, for now at least)! I'm glad you're toughing out the storm, although I'm surprised and disappointed by how many of you treat flip-flops as appropriate rain gear.

Others of you, however, kept your heads above water and rocked some chic, rain-repellent outfits this week. Onward to the ensembles!

  • Kate Conger

This is Laura. She and I went to high school together back in the middle of the country where it doesn't bother with rain and just skips straight to snow. Somehow, we both ended up in San Francisco and work a block away from each other. I've always admired her sense of style, but she's particularly stunning in this shade of blue. Her crystal necklace also caught my eye. She told told me she made it herself. I won't believe it until she makes me one too.

  • Kate Conger

  • Kate Conger

These two are weather-ready and so cute. Leather shoes keep the wet out, and lots of layers keep the chill at bay. I'm also very into the lace skirt she has peeking out from under that coat -- for me, girly touches like that keep outfits from feeling too bulky and dull during nasty weather.

  • Kate Conger

Two questions about this amazing outfit (one is rhetorical, so focus all of your insight on the second one):

1. How totally incredible is this leather-sheen pleated skirt?

2. I spotted a ton of ladies this week wearing these fur vests, which leads me to believe they're good in rainy weather. The day I took this photo, I wore a wool coat and by the time I got home, I smelled like a damp sheep that had spent all day in a thrift store. Do these vests get smelly when they're wet?

  • Kate Conger

Dear Men Of San Francisco,

I hope you are taking notes.

This trench coat is so fantastic. The red elbow patches are, of course, eye-catching, but I love that the bright detailing continues in the vent and the stitching around the buttonholes (see below). I've also seen a lot of women playing with the current trend of mixing fuchsia and tangerine in the same outfit, and his masculine take on it is quite fashion-forward. That bright pink sweater plays perfectly off the red in the coat.

If you're seeking men's style tips, this fellow owns Spectacles of Union Square on Maiden Lane. Go get schooled.

  • Kate Conger

  • Kate Conger

With all that said and done, stay dry like this little guy, San Franciscans. And no more flip-flops!

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