Editor Spotlight: Cydney Sinclair
The thredUP team works hard to make sure that shopping with us is always a beautiful experience, and if you’ve enjoyed browsing items on our iPhone and Android apps, you’re looking at the handiwork of Cydney Sinclair. A graduate of SF’s own Academy of Art, Cydney cut her teeth as a mobile designer at July Systems before joining thredUP, where she also works on creative projects in merchandising, advertising, and email. “My typical workday includes lots of sketching, note taking, and planning out designs,” she says. “I’ve always had a passion for all things art-related, but I’m really, really enjoying working in the field of mobile.”
Cydney’s a Bay Area native who grew up with a thrift-store-loving family, and has never needed to be sold on the value of buying secondhand. “There’s something about going on that scavenger hunt for cute stuff that really feels rewarding,” she says. A punk and grunge enthusiast in her teenage years, Cydney still incorporates small elements of alternative culture into her ensembles. “I like simple pieces, nothing too flashy, but I’m big into finding things with unique little details, interesting textures, or other unexpected elements.” Here are three fun outfits that define her style.
For the everyday: “I’m a pretty casual person at heart,” says Cydney, who enjoys kicking back, playing video games, and drawing in the apartment she shares with her “super-awesome hacker boyfriend” in Lower Nob Hill. Her twist on a tee and jeans has a military bent thanks to army-green skinny jeans, a fun graphic Zara top, funky Raen shades, and her new favorite acquisition, Steve Madden combat boots. You’ll also always find her in her silver Triforce necklace, a subtle reference to the Legend of Zelda games she grew up loving. “I’m a total nerd,” she says. “I never leave the house without it.”
For brunch: Cydney can be found nearly every weekend enjoying brunch with friends at Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, a bar in the Mission with a big back patio. Since SF weather can change on a dime, she always carries a light jacket, like this sleek Kenneth Cole Reaction blazer. If the sun stays out, she can ditch the jacket and show off her flowy turquoise Zara shell and gray skinny Lacoste jeans. As for footwear, Cydney is a sucker for a great statement shoe, like these wine-colored Aldo pumps. “I tend to gravitate towards simple pieces with a unique detail or texture, and I think the scalloped back of these shoes is just so cool.”
For a night out: Cydney, her boyfriend, and their friends enjoy trying new restaurants together, especially new sushi spots. For a more upscale night out, she relies on a wardrobe workhorse: the little black dress. This ’50s-inspired silhouette from Nine West will never go out of style. A Zara fan, Cydney just picked up two new favorite items there: pointy black ankle-strap flats with gold detailing (“I’m obsessed with them”) and a black-and-gold bucket bag. “I love this look because it’s so classic,” she says.
What are your favorite subtle details that make a piece sing? Let us know in the comments!