08 8 / 2012

Editor’s Picks: Blue, White and Rock Candy

With all the warm weather in San Francisco this week, it was impossible not to scout out summery items yesterday.

I ventured into BellJar over near 16th and Albion (between Valencia and Guerrero) and immediately fell in love with two sundresses. The first, by Dolce Vita ($138, but on sale for 20% off), is navy with tiny white stars on it. Cute enough up close, but subtle enough so as not look like a five-year-old. The back detail is an unexpected surprise and the dress is long enough that’s its tasteful for work or a meet-the-parents sort of look if styled right.

The second dress I found was by Myne ($253, but on sale for 20% off). It’s more white than navy so not as versatile throughout the year. Since it comes with a brown belt, that’s one less accessory to worry about when figuring out your styling.

Each would be cute with any type of footwear, but brown boots would especially be great for SF because of our chilly nights. In fact, adding another layer on top when weather fluctuates is also smart.

For a very casual weekend look, Trestics’ very soft hoodless blue sweatshirt does the trick ($42). Trust me, this sweatshirt is huggable.

For a more classic twist, adding a tailored shirt, like the ones sold at Taylor Stitch (over on Valencia), is a nice addition. This brand, a now four-year-old veteran of the San Francisco fashion scene, recently ventured into shirts for women. Each shirt (as well as the ones for men) are $125 and come in a variety of cuts and patterns. Personally I loved The Blue Linen Stripe best, but learned a ton of information about other shirts the brand offers as well from Taylor Stitch employee Kazu (trust me, this guy is a wealth of information). 

He also didn’t mind when I geeked out over a satchel ($260). He got excited too and ended up showing me a whole range of bags produced by the same brand, Joshu Vela.

The white canvas tote ($240) would be a great addition to the blue and white outfits, especially to pack goodies in for a warm afternoon at Dolores Park or Fort Mason.

To jazz up these looks with some color, I vote for adding a piece of raw gemstone jewelry. I found options at both Bell Jar and Candystore Collective (a few doors down from Bell Jar). Bell Jar had some incredible rings (in the $100- $200 range) handmade by a couple in San Francisco. Candystore Collective had an incredible cut amethyst pendant by 1228, another local designer ($138). Either option would work, though personally I may save the cocktail ring for dressier occasions (large rings don’t work well when typing all day). Don’t these pieces look delicious?

Overall, the trip was a good one and I don’t know what I’m now craving more: the beach or rock candy. I can’t wait for Indian summer!

Contributed by @AshleyLaurel, Editor