Hong Kong Influences Asian American Style in The Bay Area
Commentary//Photo Essay, Diana Tran
YO! Youth Outlook, Sep 20, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Iíve worn second hand clothing my whole life. From flea markets, to thrift stores, to my cousins closets. You name it -- Iíve been all in it. But it wasnít until entering high school that I started treating these good finds like clothing treasures.
The best thing about vintage shopping is being able to create your own style and showing up to school in outfits you know wonít be found anywhere else. The second best thing is being able to sell back your used clothes at most buy-sell-trade stores.
When it comes to putting together an outfit, my philosophy is easy- keep warm! The Bay ainít LA. Chances are, if youíre going to be out and about in San Francisco, itís going to be cold.
There are a number of ways to stay styliní even in the harshest weather. I usually like to layer up with accessories like beanies and scarves and get creative with different textures and colors.
Right now, Asian inspired fashion is hot. What I see in Hong Kong magazines -- funky long t-shirts, stockings, tapered jeans and bright shoes -- Iíve been seeing more on the streets. It takes a lot of imagination and confidence to pull that look off but that is what makes the young Asian-American style so unique.
A few of my favorite places to shop for good deals on vintage and second hand are Savers -- a chain of thrift stores found mostly in the South Bay, the Oakland flea market @ Laney College near downtown and Crossroads, a buy-sell-trade joint with stores located throughout the bay.1 of 1