Tomboy Street Style
To be honest, I've been obsessed with menswear as early as middle school. I've always loved the sharp lines of a crisp tailored blazer, the classic leather of a men's messenger bag, and the fancy laces on a shiny pair of oxford loafers. Sadly, as a middle schooler, I didn't have a lot of courage to rock these pieces due to a longing to fit in with the rest of the students, who chose Abercrombie & Fitch fleeces and jeans to be their uniform. Now, as a working adult, I find that menswear actually plays really well into a woman's work wardrobe. So much that I often feel more confident being in a classic blazer and button up combo than a feminine dress and heels.
The suit combo trend has been another one of my obsessions lately. I've been scouring for a two-piece suit with a bold color or pattern for a while, but haven't found the right one in the right size (shopping for suits or any two-piece sets can be quite the challenge for petites). So to recreate this suit combo look, I merely took a classic black blazer from the back of my closet and paired it with my classic black cigarette trousers. Because the all-black combo can look a bit stuffy and overly-formal, I made sure to layer a casual T-shirt underneath it and to compliment the suit with a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths.
This was a joint shoot with Maya Deschamps of M.A.D Mgmt, a San Francisco-based style and beauty consulting company. Maya, who used to model in Paris and walk runways for fashion houses like Christian Dior, reached out to me via my post about the Glossier pop up, and I was super excited to meet up and collaborate with her on new style content instantly. If you're interested in more of her work, follow her on Instagram and check out the style consulting services at M.A.D Mgmt.
To downplay the formal vibe created by the black suit, I decided to layer a minimal white graphic underneath it. This T-shirt I purchased when I saw Emily King in her "You and I" tour back in 2017. The graphic in this tee is actually an outline of the photo in the cover of her album titled "The Switch," which I put on repeat throughout my senior year in college. I love how the tour tee is just a simple outline, and not gaudy or overly-colorful like many artist's fan merchandise turn out to be.
To complete the outfit, I added a feminine touch to balance out the menswear with some jewelry. I added a pair of dangly hoops, which helped add a little shine to monochromatic outfit. These hoops, which were found on Yesstyle, are also super minimal, which helped tie together the clean lines from the blazer and the minimal art in the graphic tee.
Location: These were taken on the corner of Alabama and 18th in the Mission, which is filled with colorful murals and beautiful walls. This area in the Mission is also home to some great dining, including Tartine Manufactory, Flour + Water, and Farmhouse Kitchen.
A huge thanks to Bianca for taking the photos and Maya for coordinating the shoot!