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Friday, June 15, 2012

S.F. Street Fashion: Pink Is the New Black

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I've been attempting to clean out my closet lately -- attempting, but not having much success. I have dresses that I've been carting around from apartment to apartment since high school; they don't fit or are simply outdated. Still, there comes a point when nothing else will fit in my closet, and I have to get rid of something if I want to add a new item. The dilemma has left me stuck with the question: Will this dress, shirt, or sweater survive the season? I'm a sucker for trends, so I'm learning to be a more wary shopper -- buying things I'll wear forever, and donating clothes I won't wear again.

This doesn't mean I'm not itching to indulge in the waves of neon clothing that have flooded stores this spring. Bright yellow, hot pink, day-glo green -- I want it all. But, in my new effort to be discerning, I'm only buying pink. A neon orange dress might feel fun this summer, but I can't imagine myself wearing it this fall without feeling like a pumpkin. And pink seems to be the most versatile; I can imagine it mixed with most of the other colors I own.

It seems I'm not the only one sticking to fuchsia. I noticed lots of other pink-lovers on the street this week, some who let the color dominate their outfit and others who just dabbled. Click through to check them out!

  • Kate Conger
This guy is clearly a fan of the color, with even a pink pocket square peeking out of his jacket. He -- and a few others I met this week -- mentioned how their outfits made the people who interacted with them happy. I believe him. I can't look at this photo without smiling.

  • Kate Conger
Her conservative take on pink is very cute. She looks formal without being frumpy, and her bow-toed shoes add to the playful vibe of her dress.

  • Kate Conger
For her, the pink kicks up her punk vibe. Along with her patent-leather shoes and bag, her Mohawk, and her bright red lipstick, the bright color makes her seem like she could be punk rocker Exene Cervenka's cool aunt.

  • Kate Conger
Her take on pink is pure, girly fun. I love that her purse is shaped a bit like a crown, just for extra princess points. She looks adorable and happy, and best of all, I can imagine her wearing the dress in hundreds of ways. As I walked away after taking her photo, I heard her tell her husband, "Everyone's loved this dress today. This outfit is so much fun." And hey, that's what fashion is all about, right?

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