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Monica’s black bangs and bell sleeves ensemble from Forever 21, Aldo, Topshop and Target

Casual enough for downtown errands, but also very sophisticated

Rocking the front bangs
Rocking the front bangs
Edgy in East Village

One sunny Friday morning on the way to work, I decided to stop and get an iced latte from one of my favorite coffee shops, Copa Vida in East Village, just north of Petco Park. It was such a nice day that I sat outside while I waited for my drink. That’s when I caught a glimpse of a stylish young woman crossing J street. The first thing I noticed was her hairstyle. She had a sleek, pin-straight bob with short front bangs. Her hair was an intense shade of black and so shiny that it glistened in the sun. I was immediately drawn to her outfit, too. It was casual enough for downtown errands, but also very sophisticated — not your typical jeans and plain white tee.

Fuchsia fringe earrings add a bold pop of color

As soon as my drink was ready, I rushed out and tried to catch up to her. Luckily, I wasn’t wearing heels that day and made it across the street before she disappeared. I learned that her name was Monica, and that she lives in Tijuana and works as a graphic designer and freelance photographer. I thought to myself, “Aha! People in the creative industry always have great style.” I asked her to tell me about her haircut and what inspired her to go for this bold look. She responded, “For me, hair is a way to express myself. I usually change my look every four to six months. I can’t have the same hairstyle or color for too long because it just bores me. I have to switch it up.” I was curious to know if she had dyed it any unique colors. She looked at me and said, “Pink, lavender, royal blue — my hair has gone through every color and length you could possibly think of. Although I think that out of all of the colors and cuts I’ve had, this is by far my favorite. I think it defines my personality best.” I asked her to describe her overall fashion sense, and she replied, “The best way to describe my style would have to be ‘a clash between alternative and ‘60s.’”

I asked her about her outfit. Her black bell-sleeve blouse ($8) that rustled with the breeze and form-fitting checkered pants ($10) were Forever 21 purchases. For accessories, she wore patent black booties from Aldo ($60), an embroidered floral bag from Topshop ($40), and fun fuschia earrings from Target ($13). She completed the look with some round Ray-Ban sunglasses ($150).

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Rocking the front bangs
Rocking the front bangs
Edgy in East Village

One sunny Friday morning on the way to work, I decided to stop and get an iced latte from one of my favorite coffee shops, Copa Vida in East Village, just north of Petco Park. It was such a nice day that I sat outside while I waited for my drink. That’s when I caught a glimpse of a stylish young woman crossing J street. The first thing I noticed was her hairstyle. She had a sleek, pin-straight bob with short front bangs. Her hair was an intense shade of black and so shiny that it glistened in the sun. I was immediately drawn to her outfit, too. It was casual enough for downtown errands, but also very sophisticated — not your typical jeans and plain white tee.

Fuchsia fringe earrings add a bold pop of color

As soon as my drink was ready, I rushed out and tried to catch up to her. Luckily, I wasn’t wearing heels that day and made it across the street before she disappeared. I learned that her name was Monica, and that she lives in Tijuana and works as a graphic designer and freelance photographer. I thought to myself, “Aha! People in the creative industry always have great style.” I asked her to tell me about her haircut and what inspired her to go for this bold look. She responded, “For me, hair is a way to express myself. I usually change my look every four to six months. I can’t have the same hairstyle or color for too long because it just bores me. I have to switch it up.” I was curious to know if she had dyed it any unique colors. She looked at me and said, “Pink, lavender, royal blue — my hair has gone through every color and length you could possibly think of. Although I think that out of all of the colors and cuts I’ve had, this is by far my favorite. I think it defines my personality best.” I asked her to describe her overall fashion sense, and she replied, “The best way to describe my style would have to be ‘a clash between alternative and ‘60s.’”

I asked her about her outfit. Her black bell-sleeve blouse ($8) that rustled with the breeze and form-fitting checkered pants ($10) were Forever 21 purchases. For accessories, she wore patent black booties from Aldo ($60), an embroidered floral bag from Topshop ($40), and fun fuschia earrings from Target ($13). She completed the look with some round Ray-Ban sunglasses ($150).

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