Style on the Street (SOS) spotlights the versatile and vibrant styles of women of color. Bright hues and stand-out accessories make these Oakland-based ensembles so unique.

Name: Liz
Age: 23
Profession: Beauty Associate and Nursing Student
Fashion Highlights: Her favorite t-shirt, “Mad in His Image,” which she recieved at a youth convention and a hair clip from Forever 21.
Fashion Inspiration: “It really depends on the mood I am in. There are days I want to wear my dad’s sweaters and combat boots. Then there are days I want to be in a body-con dress with pumps.”

Name: Yvonne
Age: 26
Profession: Writer and Filmmaker
Fashion Highlights: Belt by H&M and boots are vintage.
Fashion Inspiration: “My style is constantly evolving. But I am really into classical pieces with modern twists. An urban look with a classic vintage style.”

Name: Gabrielle
Age: 21
Profession: Student
Fashion Highlights: Suede wedge heels from Wild Pair, hot pants from American Apparel, and stockings from Macy*s.
Fashion Inspiration: “I was going for the 70s look with a modern twist. Yet on my casual days I like to mix my styles with Afro-centricity.”

Name: Sumyah
Age: 20
Profession: Student
Fashion Highlights: Harem pants by Madonna’s Material Girl and her mom’s earrings.
Fashion Inspiration: “Oakland inspires me!”

– Photos and text by Mohwanah Fetus

Mohwanah Fetus lives in Brooklyn, the soul of New York. Octavia Butler, James Baldwin, and Dany Laferriere are her literary heroes. She’s a manga-geek at heart and loves Afro-futurism. Words she lives by: Fashion is whatever moves you.

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