Street Style: Back to Basics

Black will always be the new black. This color has spread beyond its stereotypical business boundaries: bohemian, lounge, party/evening, casual, business casual, you name it. Its versatility and the endless messages it exudes are the exact qualities a girl looks for in a signature color. When spotted walking down these San Francisco streets, Mana Syed embodied the effortlessly chic woman San Francisco is known for. With the latest technology and an updated knowledge of the latest platforms, she is ready to go from day to night.

Describe your style.

Usually minimalist, focused on black, whites, anything in that group. A complete contrast to my occasional Pakistani style, which tends to include more colors and even patterns.

Who is your style muse?

Quite a few! Lou Doillon and Kate Lanphear.


Mana Syed, visual merchandising major. top: Zara, pants: H&M, shoes: H&M, necklace: Forever 21 & sunglasses: Le Specs. Photo by Alexandria Ceranski.


Alexis Arnado, fashion merchandising major. sweater: Forever 21, tank top: Forever 21, jeans: Levi’s, shoes: Topshop, watch: Marc Jacobs & backpack: Forever 21. Photo by Alexandria Ceranski.

When the chilly San Francisco ocean breeze blows through the towering buildings, it is easy to slip into the sweatshirt and UGG lounge garb. Knowing how to conquer the dropping temperatures with style is a skill that is both fun and keeps you comfortable. Alexis Arnado, a fashion merchandising major, has it down to a T. Heathered knits provide the best color and texture for the transition into fall and sticking with dark hues and colors traps the sun in, and gives you a sexy and professional attitude.

Describe your style.

Simple, comfortable, but also very girly!

Who is your style muse?

Claire Marshall and Lauren Elizabeth from YouTube.


This magnificent gold bangle with charms is the perfect simple accessory for fall. A delicate essence with a bold effect, just like the falling leaves. Designer: Alex and Ani. Photo by Alexandria Ceranski.