Nico Migdal at a Fourth of July BBQ in Berkeley. All photos: Dana Smith

By Dana Smith

Patriotism is alive and well in the People’s Republic of Berkeley if the display of red, white and blue during the city’s Fourth of July festivities was any indication.

Even before Independence Day, we had noticed a proliferation of primary hued stripes on the streets in the form of scarves, skirts, and maritime-inspired tops.

I know my closet is filling up with bold stripes and I’m finding one of my favorite ways to wear them are together. Layering stripes — think black and white striped cardigan over thick green and blue striped tunic, or vertical striped pants with a horizontal top — is a fresh way to update the classic motif.

Or, go the deconstructed route, like many of the families at the Berkeley Hills BBQ I attended did: each family member representing one color of Old Glory.

Two of our fave trends in one great look at EiWear on Fourth Street, Berkeley

Lucianne Walkowicz from Berkeley, spotted at Berkeley’s Off the Grid
Anna, Ron, and Lilli Porter at a Fourth of July BBQ at the home of MOG CEO, David Hyman
David Katznelson and daughter Kaya of San Francisco
Berkeley’s Kiyomi Doti at Bar Cesar

Usually overdressed for every occasion, Dana Smith is the founder of Berkeley-based Dadascope Communications. She lives in the north Berkeley hills with her husband, two kids, their dog and a corn snake named Bubbles. Have some tips on where Dana can track down stylish people in Berkeley? Leave a Comment or send them to

Check out Dana’s previous Berkeley Street Style columns:
Berkeley street style: Scoops of fashion sense [06.30.11]
Berkeley street style: Geeky good spectacles [06.15.11]

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