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Friday, April 27, 2012

S.F. Street Fashion: Spring Florals

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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On Thursday I passed a guy on the sidewalk combing his beard, the San Francisco equivalent of the groundhog emerging from its burrow -- spring is here. And with spring comes the inevitable appearance of floral print on what seems like everything: skirts, shirts, scarves, dresses, shoes -- you name it, and all of a sudden it's got flowers on it.

I fluctuate on whether to partake in the pastel petal explosion. On the one hand, flowers are cute! On the other, I feel like a little kid when I wear flounce-y floral print items, and not in a good, I'm-eternally-young way. It's more like "Do I look like a toddler?"

Some trends are considered too "young" for us to pull off. We've all seen that peroxide-blonde grandma in the rhinestone-studded Lucky Brand jeans and then reminded ourselves to age gracefully and not overdo it with the Botox. But when evaluating our own closets, it can be hard to tell when it's time to phase out a particular dress or cardigan. None of us wants to ask the difficult question: "Am I too old to wear this?" There's no clear answer, and even if there were, it would have exceptions.

All this means I spotted tons of adorable, flowery outfits on the street this week (mostly modeled by the 20something crowd) and want to wear similar things without having anxiety about it. Also, another trend makes a cameo in this week's post: the word "swag." It's totally necessary, I promise.

KATE CONGER
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I noticed her Zara blouse right away (because I quibbled about buying it for myself a few weeks ago) but I especially like her knack for layering. She's taken a statement blouse and sedated it with a vest; her belt then becomes the most noticeable feature of the ensemble. Also noteworthy is the asymmetrical hem of her pants -- I've never seen cuffs like those before.

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