SF Street Style: European Family Style at Off The Grid
There were so many great casual looks at Off The Grid Ft. Mason, that it was hard to shoot just one person. In fact, I ended up finding a very stylish Madrid-turned-SF trio: Silvia, a Language Specialist at eBay, looking cute in her blue and yellow; little Leah, 18-months-old, with fantastic hair; Markus, head of SEO at Yahoo!, talk about a swoony dad.
What Silvia's wearing: Knit beret from H&M, Madrid. Chambray shirt by Blanco, Madrid. Mustard cuffed shorts from Mango. Black tights from H&M. Kimchi Blue peep toe flats and yellow scarf from Urban Outfitters.
What Markus is wearing: Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses. Salt Valley plaid shirt from Urban Outfitters. Levi's jeans, Zara shoes and his grandfather's vintage cardigan.
What Leah's wearing: Patterned Sweater and white t-strap mary-jane shoes from H&M, Madrid.
Solid elbow patches have real wear marks. And aside from those marks, this vintage cardigan is in amazing condition. "My grandpa bought the sweater in a small mining village in Sweden, in the 1950's," said Markus.
There are lots of neat details -- interesting stitching and line work, floral-lined collar -- in this chambray shirt.
7 Style Questions for Markus and Silvia:
1. How would you describe your individual styles?
M: Mainly with stains from small child's hands. In general multi-functional to fit dad/professional/comfortable/fashionable all at once. It is not easy!
S: I usually try to come up with an outfit that makes me feel good. Thanks to the weather in San Francisco, my hair is usually a mess. I don't fight it any longer and wear hats instead. Heels are usually included (not in this picture though!). In general, I try to keep it trendy, yet professional. And stains from small child's hands are included for me too, of course.
2. What shops are you loving?
S: My favorite pieces come from myaunts'/moms'/grandma's closets, but in SF, I love Molte Cose on Polk.
3. What's the ideal kid-friendly day?
M: Joe DiMaggio Playground in North Beach, followed by ice cream at Washington Park and later, hopefully, our daughter takes a nap and mom and dad get to go for lunch at Cafe Divine.
4. Who or what inspires your style?
M: My wife, Frank Sinatra.
S: I love anything '20s -- not only fashion, but art and, especially, literature. My hair is longer now, but for a long time I sported a very flapper style haircut. I'm thinking about bringing it back. A good book on the flapper subject is Flapper by J. Zeitz.
5. What do you value more, great accessories or great clothing?
S: Great accessories make great clothing. I think it's a matter of how you combine everything. I usually like to throw something vintage into an outfit. I think it makes it more unique. Again, that did not happen for this outfit though! You caught me off-guard this day!
6. Which fashion blogs are you browsing?
7. If you could shop anywhere in the world, where would it be?
M: Berlin. They have great small fashion shops that are not too cluttered and it's an even greater place to go for a night out, in case you did not find anything to buy.
S: Madrid is really cool as well. If you ever happen to be there, check out the places in the Triball area.
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, works as a freelance stylist and covers food, fashion and fun on her blog, Curated SF.