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Spring Vintage Hong Kong Influences Asian American Style in The Bay Area

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia and New America Media, Commentary//Photo Essay, Picts//Words//Styling: Diana Tran Posted: Mar 22, 2006

Editor's Note: Thrift stores are the best kept secret for young Asians who need to keep up with the latest styles from Hong Kong without running up credit card debt. Diana Tran, 21, is a photographer and writer for YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia a project of New America Media.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Ive worn second hand clothing my whole life. From flea markets, to thrift stores, to my cousins closets. You name it -- Ive been all in it. But it wasnt 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 wont 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 aint LA. Chances are, if youre going to be out and about in San Francisco, its going to be cold.

There are a number of ways to stay stylin 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 -- Ive 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.

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