Brunching Has Never Looked THIS Good

In S.F., brunching is more than a leisurely nosh — it’s a full-fledged competitive sport. The lines, hunger pangs, hipper-than-thou restaurants all make for one craving-fueled excursion, and we’re eager to eat it all up every Sunday morning. And, while you wouldn’t think rolling out of bed to chow down on a plate of eggs Benedict would evoke standout style choices, we knew patrolling S.F.’s shiniest brunch beacons would come up roses — even amid the yoga pants and bubble vests.
Yep, we found 12 fashion-forward foodies who know how to work it while they wait. Whether seen in Mission Beach Café’s longer-than-eternity queue or at Plow’s two-hour hobnobbing session, here are some looks that will inspire you to hightail it to brunch in high style.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
Name: Alex Venegas
Gig: Student
Waiting In Line For: Beretta
What She's Wearing: Vintage shoes, American Apparel pants, Weekend Band T-shirt, thrifted Coach bag, Dior sunglasses, and an Anthropologie ring.
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The writing's on the wall shirt, and it says this girl's got style.
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Name: Kirstie McCarthy
Gig: Operations manager at Love & Luxe
Waiting In Line For: NOPA
What She's Wearing: Superga shoes, skirt and bag from eBay, and vintage top.
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Name: Alex Lilienfeld
Gig: Works at The Chapel
Waiting In Line For: Boogaloos
What She's Wearing: Doc Marten shoes, thrifted skirt and shirt, Levi's jacket, and Urban Outfitters sunglasses.
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Alex is a jean-ious when it comes to dressing up.
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Name: Ariel Bryant
Gig: Buyer at Gap
Waiting In Line For: Tartine
What She's Wearing: Shoes from Spain, Citizens of Humanity jeans, J.Crew shirt, Forever 21 sweater, Miu Miu sunglasses, Tara Harmon hat, Hermés belt, Lucy Folk bracelets, necklace Random Charms, and bag from Israel.
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Name: Jessica Egbu
Gig: Copywriter
Waiting In Line For: NOPA
What She's Wearing: Ecote shoes, Madewell pants, thrifted shirt, and Warby Parker sunglasses.
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Bringing the bling to brunch.
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Name: Nyna Richard
Gig: Stay-at-home mom
Waiting In Line For: Beretta
What She's Wearing: Swedish Hasbeens shoes, Free People overalls, Mauithing shirt, Crap sunglasses, and Fossil watch.
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Name: Soundarya Chandar
Gig: Product manager at eBay
Waiting In Line For: Tartine
What She's Wearing: Blowfish shoes, Forever 21 pants and top, Urban Outfitters bag, jewelry from India, and a Michael Kors watch.
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We die for this tassle and print combo.
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Name: Marte Solbakken
Gig: Musician for Elskling
Waiting In Line For: Plow
What She's Wearing: Swedish Hasbeens shoes, Urban Outfitters skirt, Filippa K shirt, and a thrifted belt.
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Name: Chelsea Javier
Gig: Painting instructor
Waiting In Line For: Mission Beach Cafe
What She's Wearing: Shoes are hand-me-downs, Forever 21 dress, and Karen Walker sunglasses.
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Name: Heather Salmons
Gig: Stylist assistant
Waiting In Line For: Mission Beach Cafe
What She's Wearing: No.6 shoes, Oscar de la Renta vintage cardigan, Forever 21 overalls, Coach bag, and Illesteva sunglasses.
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We wouldn't mind waiting in those kicks.
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Name: Jacquelyn Williams
Gig: Marketer for the San Francisco Symphony
Waiting In Line For: Mission Beach Cafe
What She's Wearing: Vintage shoes, rag & bone pants, American Apparel T-shirt, necklace from Barcelona, Azalea jacket, Cuyana bag, and Gucci sunglasses.
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That necklace has us completely charmed.
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Name: Gnagna Mbaye
Gig: Student
Waiting In Line For: Beretta
What She's Wearing: Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Urban Outfitters pants, Nordstrom shirt, Topshop jacket, and roommate's sunglasses.
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We'd walk a mile or two in her shoes...
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