There’s no denying that stylist-slash-blogger Amy Soderlind is definitely one boho babe on the rise. Whether she's styling a shoot for Gap Inc. in the city, chilling on her super-adorable farm in Sebastopol, jamming out with her musician-painter mom, or donning her worldly wardrobe—this local lady’s natural-meets-chic approach always leaves us pining for more. To show off some of her favorite summer-to-fall go-to looks, Amy invited us to one of her fave S.F. ‘hoods, Hayes Valley, to get her model on. Check out how this pro prepped her earthy-chic outfits after the jump, plus get the scoop on her secret accessories spot.
Photos by Shilpi Tomar
You style other people for a living, but how would you describe your own sense of style?
"I love loose old t-shirts that have a
perfect drape only age can give. And I've collected pieces through my travels that have influenced my style. When I'm working in the city I reach for neutrals, blacks,
leather, and lots of texture for interesting layering. In other words: Clothes that are multifaceted and
offer many ways to wear them."
Sweater from Community Thrift. Alternative Apparel tee. Moccasins from Wasteland. Thrifted hat. Afghan bracelet. Navajo ring.
You recently moved to a farm just outside of the San Francisco. How does country life compare to city life?
"I wouldn't necessarily say life is much different. It's just the
balance that I've found to be essential to my sanity. I grew up in
the woods and lived in cities for undergrad and graduate schools and stayed there to work. When I'm in the city, I tend to have a 'go-go' mentality. At my home in the country, I'm able to just be. My boyfriend and I spend our days in the garden, elbow deep in soil and manure,
writing by the pond, dancing to old records, and taking time to allow inspiration to come."
Vintage hat, boots, and leather jacket. Monroe shirt. Skirt from Wasteland.
Are there any trends that you're loving right now?
"Deep rich neutrals paired with saturated pops of color! I love
everything about Phillip Lim's fall collection. His choice of camel
and royal blue blew my mind, along with the easy loose silhouettes. I'm a lover of leather and I'm really happy to see vegan options out there right now. My love for global textiles definitely makes me appreciate ethnic prints and bold statement jewelry, too."
Do you have any style icons?
"My mother is an incredible artist, musician, painter, and singer. I have this image of her:
Hands full of paintbrushes, with this unabashed intoxicating smile for the life around her. Effortless, unique, raw, and fearless. It's a stunning memory that I hold close."
If you could dress anyone—who would it be?
Amy at her secret shopping spot, The African Outlet in Hayes Valley, in a maxi skirt thrifted from her mom's closet. American Apparel cropped tee. Navajo turquoise cuff. Ethiopian necklace.
Where do you shop for your clothes?
"Wherever I am, I keep it local. I avoid malls and anything that involves fluorescent lighting. I know I can always find the same or similar piece at a favorite
boutique or vintage shop. I almost always buy my clothes already used."
Silk men's button-down from Ver Unica. Current/Elliot jeans. Jeffrey Campbell sandals.
Headscarf given to her by a friend.
What is your philosophy when it comes to accessorizing?
"As far as 'things' go, jewelry always pulls on my heartstrings. And I feel naked without it. Accessories are immortal! Knowing that I put pieces on everyday that belonged to my great grandmother, grandmother, and mother, it's really special."
We know you're a travel nut. Any prized possessions found while abroad?
"I have these perfectly detailed leather sandals from Buenos Aires with buttery tan leather straps that wrap half way up my leg. I got them
four years ago and I’ve beaten them sick ever since. But they have yet to give up on me.
I also have stacks of carved brass bangles from Bali that I never take off and a black and white mud
cloth and goat-leather bag from Ghana."
Amy's accessories, all spread out.