Posts tagged #Basics

SF Shop Guide: Essentials at Modern Citizen

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Megan and I always have our ears open for new brands and when they have a San Francisco connection, we are even more compelled to check them out. A few weeks ago I blogged about Everlane's new storefront in the Mission. It was so fun sharing some of my favorite picks from their collection, that when I heard about Modern Citizen I dragged Megan along to shop the store for our clients and blog readers. Our take? This may be your new destination for basics.

San Francisco Modern Utility Paired with Feminine Minimalism


This brand has been thoughtfully curated for a San Franciscan wardrobe but applies to anyone looking to freshen up their basics routine or add a modern feminine piece to their closet. Perhaps we have been living in the Bay Area too long, but finding a good quality $30 tee shirt (see here and here) with a flattering cut was refreshing. For certain pieces, we were giddy with happy sticker shock. The price points are sharp and the cotton and rayon blends are soft. From what we found they are still fine tuning their sizing consistency in certain pieces (we are tough critics). In chatting with the co-founder who happened to be manning the racks when we were shopping, most of the products are produced in China and a small number in LA. We would love to see that number flipped in the future but it also enables the reasonable pricing.

Accessories To Invest In

In addition to focusing on the key clothing pieces everyone should have in their wardrobe, Modern Citizen sells and manufactures a limited number of staple jewelry pieces that are 14 karate gold or sterling silver. If you are a jewelry minimalist who wants to invest a little more but not to the extent of fine jewelry, this is a great option to explore. Earrings range from $32 to $198. This fall tortoiseshell is having a moment so consider these hoops for a fashion statement or keep this simple and invest in this classic metal drop earring.

Hello August, Layer Us Up

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Last Fall I invested in the J.Crew Sweater Blazer (see the story here) and have been possibly "over-wearing" it this year as a light jacket. When I tried on Modern Citizen's long Sweater Coat cardigan in store I was smitten. Longer cardigans are back in vogue this fall and this $92 cardigan is a great steal staple.  The longer knee length and charcoal grey color transitions well from weekend to a casual office day. We paired the cardigan with the Brooke High Waisted Ponte Pants and the Lindy V-Neck tee for a sporty chic look.

Similar to my camel blazer, this item is dry clean only but if you take good care of it, it shouldn't require much upkeep. It's an acrylic, polyamide, and elastane blend so if you run warm during the day it might not be the best match for you. Modern Citizen does offer a lighter structured cardigan that hits at mid-thigh that could be a good alternative.

If you are looking for that Friday to Sunday outfit--consider Modern Citizen's Side Zip Cashmere Sweatshirt. This piece is as stylish as it is comfy. The hint of cashmere blended into the fabric makes it oh so soft and we love the side zipper that can be styled slightly open for warmer days. Pair it with light jeans or a fitted skirt now and enjoy it with work trousers or coated denim come fall/winter.

Stay Stylish,


Our Favorites:

Details:  Modern Citizen Side-Zip Sweater  $88,  Everlane Kick Crop Jean  $78, Cole Haan Pewter D'orsay Flats ( similar in silver  $68 on sale).

Details: Modern Citizen Side-Zip Sweater $88, Everlane Kick Crop Jean $78, Cole Haan Pewter D'orsay Flats (similar in silver $68 on sale).


SF Shop Guide: Summer Shopping at Everlane


Last month I made an appointment to "Cut the Line" at our local Everlane shop on Valencia street and check out the summer collection. It is one of two new brick and mortar locations for the company (say goodbye to online returns). Megan and I have been watching this brand for several years--attending open houses at their studio space. We love the business concept but have never been sold on the fit. However, we are open-minded fashionista's and are willing to revisit a brand we want to believe in. 

In short, I was extremely impressed with their current collection and the store experience. I actually had fun shopping! Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that my appointment was a 9:30 on a Saturday morning and I had the place to myself.

Are you curious how Megan and I shop solo? Well, today I'm taking you along for a behind the scenes view...

Stay Stylish,


Everlane Top Picks

ProTip: When visiting a new brand, be strategic in your shopping. Start by pulling the top styles you like and a few you don't. The goal is to get to know the fit. I pulled nearly every pant style they had in a size above and below by usual to get a sense of sizing grading. Once you have nailed down your "true size" then focus on the color that best works on you and your wardrobe. While sales people can be helpful, having all the sizes you need first will save you time in the long run.


Everlane Soft Cotton Square Crew $68 (I'm wearing a small in Poppy Red)

Who shops for sweaters in summer, I DO of course! If you are in need of a casual summer sweater that is comfy, breathable and still upbeat for the season this is it. Wearing black in June and July only adds to the misery of our SF climate. This fun pop of color was so popular I actually passed this sweater to a fellow patron in the dressing room...yes I will occasionally style others on the fly. This color has since sold out, but they have a slew of other amazing colors. 


Everlane Kick Crop Jean $78 in the color Bone

Shopping for white summer jeans can be an exercise in humility. The shopping experience is akin to bathing suit shopping depending on fabric, cut and dreaded dressing room lighting. Luckily, Everlane is a step ahead with dressing rooms that are filled with soft natural light thanks to well placed skylights. The fabric on these bone colored jeans has the right about of thickness to support and smooth. The cut of the high-rise kick crop pant is clean with a playful flair. I especially apprecited the raw hem for a touch of modernity. 

Protip: For these high rise jeans consider sizing down to maintain a perfect fit

Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant $68 (Front shot shown in Ochre) and Everlane Wide Leg Crop Utility Cargo Pant $68 (Back shot shown in Surplus).

These sister styles are exactly what you want on a Saturday morning! Super comfy with a sprinkle of style. I preferred the Wide Leg Crop Utility Cargo pant with back patch pockets and front pocket detail. These styles run large, so size down and consider the stretch impact. The smallest size in store was still a little big on me that I decided to pass on these (for now). If I purchased either of these crops I would have altered them to two inches above my ankle for summer. 

ProTip: Everlane does not provide in store alterations so make sure you have your local tailor on call.


Everlane Denim Skirt $58, Indigo

Denim skirts have cycled in and out of my wardrobe over the years. This summer they are back and I love the super dark indigo versions. When I spotted this one in the shop I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised by the fit. However, the length is a little short for everyday or work use that I left it behind. If we lived in a warmer climate I may have considered it.

Protip: When trying on skirts, dresses or slacks make sure you have a seat and review the fit while seated.


Everlane The Work Pant Ankle, $50 (shown in Ochre, purchased Black)

These pants are two legged miracle workers! I've put many a client into Rag and Bone slacks for work and have been saving up for a pair of my own. However, once I tried these on and saw the $50 price tag, I knew I needed to test them out. They may be the most comfortable work pants I have ever owned. While the fabric is not as thick and high quality as Rag and Bone, the high rise fit gives the right amount of smooth support and stretch. I ended up purchasing these in black to wear year round and will post an update on how they hold up in months to come. 


Outfit Details: Vince Striped Tie Back Sweater, $177,  Sam Edelman Floral Espadrilles $22 (on sale and they run about a 1/2 size big), Everlane Work Pants in Ochre $50

Posted on July 10, 2018 and filed under SF Shops.

Where To Buy Your New Favorite Spring T-Shirt

T-shirts are a closet staple any time of year. We learned that last year when we did our 31 Days of Style Challenge. You can dress one up with a skirt, keep it casual with denim or layer with a cropped sweater.

While we don't think you need to spend $150 on a tee, we do believe you should invest in quality cotton. A few things to keep in mind are fit, thickness, drape and the shirt's ability to hold its shape.  

Megan swears by James Perse (Stylist tip: they're at Nordstrom Rack for a great price).


Kimberly loves Madewell. (Stylist tip: their v-neck basics are good for seasonal colors & they always have a fashion stripe option like below)


For an investment tee, Vince makes a greater heavier weight cotton t-shirt that can be worn under a blazer or jacket for work. 


Need a cooler basic option? Kimberly is loving GapFit's Tie Back Tank. (Stylist Tip: Size up if you are busty)

Tell us what your go-to tee is!

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Posted on April 11, 2016 and filed under Style Stories.