A Budding S.F. Style Star Shows Off Her Go-To Summer Outfits

San Francisco might not be a fashion capital, per se, but it is a town with loads of style. Proof: our bevy of amazing boutiques, mega-dreamy restaurants, and troves of P.Y.T.s who regularly pound the pavement from North Beach to the Mission. In the latter group, one of the budding style stars who's been inspiring us lately is 23-year-old beauty Alexandra Thurmond, who logs time as the PR and social media coordinator for the Academy of Art University (a.k.a. ground zero for fashion-design talent in the Bay).
Whether she's escorting Sarah Burton to her front-row seat at the school's annual fashion show or being spotted raising a glass at an event around town, our eyes are constantly glued on Thurmond and her always-incredible ensembles. Which is why we tapped the talented youngster and Long Beach native to invite us into her closet and show us her four go-to outfits for summer. From jeans and a tee with a twist to the perfect way to style a leather jacket, these looks are straight up Cali perfection.
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What's the best part of your job?
"There is so much I love about it, but I think my favorite thing is the people that I get to meet and work with. From the talented instructors to our wonderful students, it is inspiring to be around so many brilliant creative minds, not to mention our stellar guests! I also love working with the students as they embark on their careers, it's such an exciting thing, I always feel so proud of them at the shows."

Alexandra, in a sunset-print top by Clover Canyon, lounges on her back patio.

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How would you describe your style?
"Definitely eclectic, even somewhat contradictory. Some days I'll put on something very simple and laid-back, but I also really love getting dressed up. I like to mix it up."

Alexandra wears a Gorjana tassel necklace, a butterfly necklace from her grandmother, and rings by Jacquie Aiche.

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What three pieces in your wardrobe get the biggest workout?
"My turquoise ring — it was my mom's that she got on a Native American reservation when she was a kid and it's one of my favorite things to wear. I stole it from her as a teenager! Turquoise is also my birthstone, so it's doubly special. Also, black booties from H&M. I bought them last year for so cheap. They're faux suede and have the perfect pointed toe and go with everything. I've worn them so much they're getting tattered, but I can't let them go! And my jean jacket from the Gap. It was from one of their vintage 1969 denim collections several years ago. It's a light wash but in a motorcycle-jacket style and can be thrown over anything."

We are loving the split-back silhouette of this stunning Clover Canyon top. Her jeans are by Gap and shoes by H&M.

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What are you favorite shops in S.F.?
"I really love Acrimony and ACRE/SF. Jenny has put together such a cool mix of designers and created an original aesthetic that is perfection. And the home wares have been the best addition at ACRE/SF. I also really love the Steven Alan stores. I know they're new, but they've quickly become my faves. I've always visited Steven Alan in NYC, so I was beyond excited when he set up shop here. The shop carries so many of my favorite brands like Surface to Air and ACNE, and has the best accessories like these hand-painted silk scarves I've had my eye on."

Alexandra, in her kitchen, wears a meow-worthy Rodarte for Target dress and the perfect Dolce Vita strappy heels.

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What's your philosophy when it comes to accessorizing?
"I'm a less is more person for the most part, but I do partake in the occasional arm party. If I'm wearing a statement piece, I prefer to have it stand out, but I do love layering smaller, delicate pieces."

A tough-chic Gretchen Jones for Piperlime ring, citrus nails, and pineapple accent seal this style deal.

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What trend are you loving right now?
"I am really feeling the peplum. I just love that it is basically the exaggerated silhouette of a woman's body — tiny, nipped in waist and curves around the hips. I also have a massive addiction to capes. There's something so chic but also really fun about them. Maybe they fulfill my childhood superhero fantasies."

Rows of bows! Obvi, it's all in the details.

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What trend would you NEVER wear?
"I try never to say never, but I don't think I'll be going back to the platform sneaker days. I was really into it as a child when the Spice Girls were big. Great memories, but it just doesn't suit me any more. But that's just me."

Alexandra in a laid-back look, highlighted by a sporty H&M baseball jacket. Jeans are Forever21, T-shirt is T by Alexander Wang, shoes by Reiss, and bracelets by H&M.

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Transparent and terrific bangles by H&M.

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What's your favorite 'hood in San Francisco and why?
"I really couldn't pick a favorite! The best thing about the city is that the neighborhoods are all so unique and have something special to offer. I love that you can explore a place that seems completely new every weekend."

A perfect black-and-white, sheer-and-leather combo for cafe chilling. Dress by T by Alexander Wang, Gap shoes, and BB Dakota jacket.

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Where are you from originally and how did you get to S.F.?
"I'm originally from Long Beach, just south of L.A. I moved to Northern California when I attended UC Berkeley and made the move over to S.F. after I graduated. I do miss the beach, but I love it here!"

Some of Alexandra's favorite pieces are turquoise, her birthstone. Belt by Urban Outfitters, turquoise ring from her mother, bangles by Dream Collective.

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Where could someone find you when you're not working?
"Outside! I'm in the office all week, so I love enjoying the sunshine when I can. Golden Gate Park, Dolores, Baker Beach, and restaurants with patios are the best. They combine my love of the sun with my love of delicious food and drinks. Or I'll be at a concert. I'm obsessed with music and there are so many great venues in S.F. and Oakland."

Um, yes. We want these babies very badly.

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Pretty city!

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