SF Street Style: Best Friends with Distinctly Different Styles in Union Square
Best friends Anna Wilson (left) and Annie Yu (right) were happy to step out in some post-rain daywear last weekend. I love seeing how different the styles of two best friends can be. Both students at Academy of Art University, Annie wore a trendy layered look with a killer turquoise statement necklace, while Anna's was much more free-spirited with tri-color hair and textured toe-nail polish.
What Annie's wearing: Forever 21 printed dress; Cropped lace top from Urban Outfitters; Egyptian turquoise beaded necklace, gift from grandmother; Quilted Burberry leather bag, borrowed from mother; Forever 21 faux-fur lined lace-up booties.
What Anna's Wearing: Hair self-dyed with Splat! Luscious Raspberries and Blue Envy; Gray tank from mother; Vintage navy tea-length skirt, purchased from Out of the Closet; White sandals, gift from the Philippines; Lucky Brand red leather bag, gift from Annie's mother; Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine toe nail polish in Black Creme and Kaleidoscope.
7 Style Questions for Annie and Anna:
1. Where are your favorite places to shop in SF?
AY: Wasteland, Loved to Death, Urban Outfitters and Lush.
AW: I like second-hand stores because I'm a student, and it's easier on the environment. I also love men's long sleeve sweaters from H&M, and jewelry from street vendors on Market Street. For perfume and gifts I like Lush, little shops in the Haight and Rainbow Grocery.
2. What's in your purse?
AY: My wallet, a hard drive, journal, Burt's Bees chapstick, pepper spray, Trident layer gym.
AW: I carry a water brush and watercolor pencils, and always have a mini sketchbook from Hand.Book. I also carry a Lime Crime lipgloss, my wallet, spearmint Altoids, usually an apple, my SIGG water bottle and a few inhalers because I have serious asthma. I always forget my phone at home!
3. Which three adjectives would you use to describe your personal style?
AY: Quirky, eclectic, grungy.
AW: Simple, hippie-dippie, and a little dark.
4. Shoes or accessories?
AW: Accessories. I love my necklaces which are almost always gifts from my loved ones or boyfriend. I also love bright lipsticks -- I was known to put purple and white eyeshadow over chapstick before I discovered Lime Crime lipsticks and glosses!
5. What spring trends are you most excited for?
AY: Art deco graphics and pastel shades.
AW: I would love to get a flowy, black or white long-sleeved dress!
6. Which products do you swear by?
AY: Lush shampoo and conditioner.
AW: I boil spinach and use the water on my skin as toner to soften it. If I'm breaking out I use Lush's toner tabs in Dream Steam -- they're magic!
7. What's the best part about living in San Francisco?
AY: I love being able to get everywhere without being dependent on a car. My friends and I love going to the Wharf for baja fries and fried Oreos at The Codmother, and over to Little Italy for City Lights Bookstore.
AW: I'm from Los Angeles, and it seems much more laid-back here -- people are more willing to express themselves differently. I see middle-aged women with blue hair at church, and I love the Haight and Mission for their celebration of diversity and individualism.
Lily Ko (lily.7x7 @ gmail.com) studied fashion design and merchandising at Central Saint Martins and the Academy of Art University. In addition to writing for 7x7, Lily is an editor at SF Station, and works as a freelance stylist and apparel designer.