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MAY 11, 2011



Dressing the Part 

Summer fashion doesn't have to be confounding.

With May upon us, it's time for people to hang up their winter coats and dust off their summer gear. As with seasons past, warm-weather fashion has a tendency to change just as fast as Bay Area weather, leaving many of us confused and disoriented. Fortunately, the trends are blatantly clear this year, and local boutiques and vintage shops have got everything you'll need to be en vogue. Here's what to look for:

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Thanks in part to the stunning costumes from the Coen Brothers' True Grit — not to mention their impeccable durability — western-style frontier accessories have quickly become the must-have items of the season. If you get anything, invest in a leather satchel purse. Oakland clothing and accessories gem Rare Bird (3883 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, TheRareBird.com) has an incredible collection of purses and bags to fit any desired look with the durability of a lifetime.

While browsing around Rare Bird, be sure to check out their gorgeous jewelry full of artful whimsy, much of which is locally designed. Their long necklaces and dangling earrings evoke the effortless cool that was so iconic of the Summer of Love.

When all is said and done, you should love your clothes regardless of the ever-changing and cycling fads. The best rule of thumb is to wear what makes you feel comfortable and beautiful; after all, classic styles will always be relevant. To quote my grandmother, nothing stays in style as much as a nice button-up shirt and a well-fitting skirt or pair of slacks. Happy shopping!

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