Berkeley street style: Geeky good spectacles

Sarah Jackson from Oakland, Barista at Berkeley’s Café Fanny. Photos: Dana Smith

By Dana Smith

In a city that prides itself on seeking the truth behind the headlines and the nuances beyond the soundbites, it’s not unexpected that Berkeleyans would want to sharpen their vision at all times.

The real surprise in this fleece-and-clog town is the degree of style they’re bringing to the act of seeing and truth-seeking.

Heavy, geek-inspired plastic rims reflecting the city’s academic pedigree dominate, from farmers’ markets to cafés, but when the sun came out at the city’s second Off the Grid street-food event, we were delighted to see pops of mod white, cerulean blue (eat your heart out Miranda Priestly), and delicately filigreed vintage metallics.

Let’s hope the sun gods appreciated the show as much as we did.

Hyunho of Berkeley at Off The Grid

DL Betts from Oakland at Off The Grid

Mark Bataks from San Francisco at Off The Grid

Bonnie from Albany at Off The Grid

Kim from Berkeley at Off The Grid

The author, Dana Smith (right) and husband Kesten Migdal. Photo: Ramsey Silberberg

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? Send them to

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  • Love this new feature! More Berkeley style coverage, please!

  • She can check out/ask the creator of who’s been doing basically this same column for a few years now.

  • Berto: We are big fans of Work it Berk. Have written about the site in the past and have them on our blogroll. They tend to focus on the student population. We are hoping to reveal stylish people across all generations in Berkeley!

  • Right on.