Dolores Park Style: an off the shoulder day

Megan Zamiska, Lizzie Heinze, Alexis Montano, Jeanette Christy and Hannah Olson. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong

It was another hot day at the park. Tons of people were out, catching some sun, and having some fun. We saw lots of Louis Vuitton bags, reflective sunglasses, Ray Ban sunglasses, and off-the-shoulder everything. There were also a good number of playful rompers and easy, breezy dresses. Although we usually capture both women’s and men’s fashion for Dolores Park Style, this edition is a highlight of the fab female styles we witnessed.

Name: Megan Zamiska
Brands? Matisse ankle boots, LF romper, Ray Ban sunglasses
How Would You Describe Your Outfit? Very fun but casual

Vibe: You can’t see Megan’s fringe boots, but they were stylish and cute. They added a bit of unexpected edge and interest to her colorful romper.

Name: Liz Heinze
Brands? Candelaria romper (from the boutique, Angel Wings, in San Clemente), AJ Morgan sunglasses from the same boutique, Steve Madden sandals
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “Um, I think it’s a day in the park, casual, like wanna get some sun, um, yeah just like nice out.”
Vibe: Liz’s romper was sunny and relaxed, in a fun color and print. More people should wear yellow!

Name: Alexis Montano  
Brands? Forever 21 top, Zara skirt, Louis Vuitton bag, Sam Edelman sandals
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “Sassy. I feel sassy today.”  
Vibe: Alexis was the birthday girl, and she apparently got my aforementioned memo on the fabulousness of wearing yellow. It’s sunny, it’s bold, and it stands out like a sun or an emoji. It was just the piece to elevate her cute, yet seen everywhere, on-trend, off-the-shoulder ruffle top. The icing on the sartorial cake was the iconic Louis V bag.

Name: Jeanette Christy
Brands: LF romper, Ray Ban sunglasses
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “I would say casual but free. Flirty and free.”
Vibe: Jeanette’s romper also was a sexy yet not overtly sexy outfit. I live for rompers and jumpsuits in that kind of drapey, usually stretchy, and totally comfortable fabric. It’s fashion drama, without sacrificing comfort. I also love the sage green color, which was complimented by brown shades.

Name: Hannah Olson
Brands? Cleo Bella top, Carmar jeans, Sam Edelman sandals, Ray Ban sunglasses
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “Um I think I’m like more, say, kinda hipster chic-ish? 
Vibe: Hannah was part of a group of friends out celebrating a birthday. I truly believe that friends that slay together, stay together. Even better than one girl looking fab, is an entire squad looking fab. Hannah looked summery in a very relaxed, boho Cher kind of way. It was sexy without being inappropriate or too much.


Sophie Taylor. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong

Name: Sophie Taylor
Brands? Wilfred Free (from Asos), shorts from boutique, sunglasses from Croatia, Fenty Puma By Rihanna slides
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? Oh, just free, like easy-going, Dolores Park style. Want to be comfortable, but not too hot.”
Vibe: Sometimes, you don’t have to wear a bunch of color or print to stand out. It also doesn’t hurt if you look like a model. Sophie looked chic and effortless in an off-the-shoulder top, that showed a hint of midriff, as well as a throwback, dangling navel piercing; shorts with just the right amount of detail; furry, Rihanna Puma slides; and sunglasses with just a hint of color.


Monica Ha. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong


Name: Monica Ha
Brands? Thrift store dress and bag, glasses from a street stall in Thailand, Alexander Wang ankle boots
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? Um I wanted something fun, but day-to-nighttime transition. Casual, yeah.
Vibe: Monica paired a sweet, feminine floral dress with the badass black ankle boots and a matching bag. Speaking of matching, her sunny, mango beverage matched her dress. Extra point for that.


Abigaelle Mulligan and Nicole Wedlake. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong


Name: Abigaelle Mulligan
Brands? Misguided top, Brandy Melville pants, Forever 21 sunglasses, earrings from Therapy store in North Beach
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? Um, I would like to say very wispy and boho chic maybe?
Vibe: Abigaelle was another of those spotted from across the park style moment. Her look was a mix of relaxed and dramatic, easy and detailed. Her wide leg pants looked comfortable yet had that drama, and the top had an intricate pattern and a deep V that was sexy, yet not over the top. Her yellow (yes!) tassel earrings added just the slightest pop of summer color to the ensemble.  

 Name: Nicole Wedlake
Brands? Free People dress, Ray Ban sunglasses, Dolce Vita sandals
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “Um, boho and feminine and fun.” (was hard to hear but I’m sure this is what she said)
Vibe: Nicole’s dress was easy, relaxed, but had a color and print that caught my attention. It was effortless and hung beautifully on her slender frame. The sunglasses added the perfect finishing touch to the ‘70s boho look.


Lia Elias and Selene Elias. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong

Name: Lia Elias
Brands? Urban Outfitters tank and sweater, J.Crew shorts, Converse sneakers, Fossil bag
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “Um, casual, beachy I guess.”
Vibe: How cute is it that Lia and Selene are sisters?! And that they color coordinated by sheer luck (and what I know to be sister vibes they unknowingly sent each other)?!  It’s black and white done all kinds of right. Clean, crisp, timeless, and stylish.

Name: Selene Elias
Brands? H&M top, Urban Outfitter jeans, Ray Ban sunglasses, Michael Kors watch, Nine West sandals, Kate Spade bag
How Would You Describe Your Look Today? “Um, casual, relaxed, summer style.”

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31 Comments

  1. Cameron

    What the F- is this barf-worthy shite? How can you possibly report responsibly on what’s happening to the Mission while treating a PUBLIC PARK as a kind of fashion runway for trust funders while the rest of us are dying of eviction and unemployment? Do you seriously not think that offering these fashion photos doesn’t increase the amount of luxury spending these mediocre douches do to prep for a DAY AT THE PARK? If you want to be fashion writers, write for a fashion mag, don’t jettison any journalistic ethics to do it in a totally inappropriate venue.

    • Sarah cobillas

      Ditto Cameron! Thanks Mission Local for ruining another one of my childhood memories of SF.

    • 'Yele

      This is “news”? No, this is b.s.–photos of tourists and skinny children whose “opinions” are meaningless.

    • Kcam

      And who the hell cares about what people are wearing at the park? None of this was “fab” and “casual”…more gross than anything! If I wanted to know what was fashionable to wear at a park, I’d look in magazine labeled “Fashion for outdoors”.
      Please talk about the actual Dolores Park.

    • peggi jeung

      Well, you nailed that one, Cameron!

  2. Elizabeth

    Barf. I miss Dolores Park of the past, not this pretentious bull. Very sad.

  3. Mike

    LOL!! How did this get published?

  4. Owen

    Is this real life? You completely gentrify a working class immigrant neighborhood despite massive resistance and now you’re reporting on the clothes of hip young wealthy people like it’s some kind of club? Do you have any inkling of how many people find this completely disgusting and infuriating?

  5. Sarah

    Is this satire? Plz tell me it’s satire.

    • Bret

      Had the same thought. Has to be, but then I’ve never heard of MissionLocal until someone on FB shared b/c they too thought it was satire.

  6. Sandra

    Reason #500 to leave SF. Revolting.

  7. marc salomon

    Fake News.

  8. Steven

    RIP San Francisco

  9. David Hooper

    The article is fine.
    It shows us what Dolores Park is like now and if they want to spend money on clothes, let them.
    It’s all about the birds and bees, anyway. Next week, they can interview the guys.
    Memories of Dolores Park aren’t invalidated by this article and I’d still be there if I could maneuver my walker on the hills.
    Now, if all of you would just clean up after yourselves……..

  10. Mission Local is a fashion rag or a high schooler’s self-adulating journal entry?

  11. Mission Local – is this a joke? Did someone hit you on the head?

  12. Holly

    How is this news. These bratty entitled girls and boys have ruined Dolores Park. I am a native San Franciscan and am so sad at what has happened to my neighborhood. You are right Steven. RIP San Francisco.

  13. I moved to SF in 1996. In Sept, ’16, i finally moved to LA. In the 11 months of living down here, I haven’t felt THE SLIGHTEST TWINGE of nostaglia for SF or Dolores Park (where I lived for my last 7 years in SF).

    This “story” has both made me literally nauseous and wish I had left SF a decade sooner.

    CONGRATS, SAN FRANCISCO, ON FINALLY BECOMING THE BOSTON OF THE WEST COAST.

  14. Teej Johnson

    Haha, is there a “Mission Transplant” website that you could’ve written this for instead?

  15. Cristini Tiniwini

    This particular article should’ve been named, “Braless millenial gym rats overdressed in Fast Fashion for a post-brunch mimosa, pre-pub-crawl cocktail!”
    Was this post sponsored by H&M and Forever 21? Has San Francisco been priced out of people of substance with actual things to talk about besides the sweatshop-made threads that barely cover these little barbies’ gravity-defying, impressively buoyant boobies? This article raises more questions than it answers, and none of them are about Dolores Park Fashion. (Except maybe what magical hair products are these ladies using to Keep Every Lock in Place and So Shiny! Maybe powdered elephant tusk mixed with orphaned orangutan-subsidized palm oil?)

    In the sea of speedos, bare-chested hipsters and unicorns, and high-pitched youngsters in second-hand vintage mixed with yoga pants or cutoffs, we are perfectly capable of picking out the loud’n’ proud fashionistas in the crowd all by ourselves, and still could not care less about how faaabulous a $9.99 top looks juxtaposed with a genuine Louis Vuitton bag and [ARE THEY REAL?!] Ray-Ban aviators. Indeed, while such a juxtaposition seems ironically paradigmatic of the Mission as of late, that proverbial Elephant is the giant blind spot in the proverbial Room. I would hope that a long-term resident of SF, with a bona-fide journalism degree from SFSU would have her finger on the pulse of the issues that affect Mission Locals. But Not This.

    How about instead, go back to the stores and restaurants that have closed down, to the people that have been displaced, with “where are they now?” interviews. We’d love to see what THOSE people are wearing. We are not only concerned about them. We are concerned about becoming them. Some of us are them. Have they landed on their feet? Or are they living in any of the many tent cities that line underpasses and less fancy parks? Or, how about talking about culture shifts – about how much trash is left in the park by Sunday afternoon by these impeccably dressed revelers and their shabbier cohorts? Or even how crime trends have shifted, or the different lifestyles of various social groups based on the influx of tech jobs compared to the service industry jobs that are also vital to the area – like teaching and restaurant jobs? Tell us about the new generation of artists that can afford to live in the New Mission. Tell us about the artists who made the the Mission what it is. Please. As a real journalist, with a real degree, and real ties to the City that so many have called Home, you can do so much more than …this.

  16. Lydia Chavez Staff

    Interesting reaction to our fashion column.

    It’s been up for four weeks or so, but this week’s essay provoked both obsessive clicks and some highly critical readers – “This hurts my eyes, and my brain, and my soul as a Mission resident of almost 15 years,” wrote one reader. Others complained that it was not local news, but “BS.” Others liked the concept but wanted “ something more unique and less predictable.” Ouch.

    V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi, a San Francisco native, created the column. Ekevara Kitpowsong, an immigrant from Thailand, takes the photos.

    Agreed, the column isn’t news, but it is an opportunity to cover park life in a different way, to have some fun and – from Alex’s point of view – to prove that San Francisco has style, something we are often accused of lacking.

    Alex has a good eye and I’m enjoying what she and Ekey are up to. And yes, they will be switching up the questions and improving the column as it develops. Some of you have sent ideas and we definitely listen.

    To be clear, fashion will never crowd out our staff coverage on housing, homelessness and police. Some would argue that we’re far too nerdish or ghoulish (crime coverage).

    If anyone out there has other ideas and wants to try them, get in touch. – Lydia lydia.chavez@missionlocal.com

    • S

      Perhaps if some information about the people were included, it could be a bit more interesting. I really thought it was a joke at first. I would be interested in answers from park goers about:
      What neighborhood they live in, careers, hopes and dreams, what’s the best item on their picnic menu, and how do they plan to remove their trash today. I love fashion and style, but something about this column was really off putting.

    • Gray Malkin

      Clearly the definition of “style” has changed drastically since I left SF 18 years ago. SF style has always been creative, individualistic, and offbeat, not a flood of branded beige. And who ARE these people? These photos look like the quad at a college where I wouldn’t want to go.

    • I saw this being shared a lot on social media, mostly with a sense of disgust and outrage that something like this is appearing in Mission Local. The obsessive clicks and the vocal criticism are probably part of the same phenomenon rather than opposite reactions. To me the word that sums up this series: vapid.

  17. Grew up next to Dolores Park in the 90s and this thoroughly disgusts me. This is my generation ruining one of the best things about SF. None of them are natives, trash the park while they’re there, and run home to Instagram their gentrification. I’m sorry to the locals and the older generations who have to witness this.

  18. Lynn Landry

    i’m not against fashion at all or reporting on it, but old SF was awesome because people were wearing regular clothes, thrift clothes, whatever the fuck. It was creative. It was original. It was a big fuck you to NY and L.A. (and I’ll admit that some of it too hippy for my taste). But to just put on a top you bought from Forever 21 and the same damn sunglasses that everyone else is wearing…fuck that. that’s BORING. I’ll bet they all decorate their apartments to look like the pottery barn catalog too! Congratulations! You can shop. BFD.

  19. Tonyb

    Hey PAL..EVER Consider people who live in the Mission & over 35 Beautiful too!?!…capture THAT!!!

  20. John C.

    Sickening and sad what has happened to our once amazing City…:(

  21. Akinyele Sadiq

    NO.

  22. J Stebs

    Funny, the first the I thought was, “These women must be visiting from LA…”

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