My Fashion History teacher once said in class, “no matter how hard she tries, she always looks overdressed in the sunny LA.” Her interesting statement was the source of inspiration for this post today. I considered myself half Angeleno since I’d lived there for over four years and I am very excited to share some tips with those that want to master the “LA casual chic”.
Angelenos were the ones that invented “sports casual chic.” It is the land of crop tops, yoga pants, and baseball caps. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing crop tops or yoga pants, the versatile ensemble of a basic white tee and boyfriend jeans paired with some funky accessories will be ultra chic and weather friendly.
Opt for Light Colors
It can get really hot during the day in LA. Ditch the monochromatic dark shades in your Parisian wardrobe and pick out the light colored outfits for the day. Your sartorial choices may bright up your mood as well. After all, Angelenos are notorious for smiling and looking unreasonably cheerful all the time.
I loved wearing maxi dresses when I lived there because it it ultra soft and feminine and looks fantastic with a bikini underneath! It is must-have in your wardrobe if you live in a Mediterranean climate. Also pair it with some cute sandals or pumps, you’re good to go for a sexy evening out.
Being the entertainment capital of the world, LA hosts an abundance of music festivals and summer concerts. So the LA locals love adding a bit bohemian flair to their casual outfits. Take a stroll along Venice beach and you will be greeted with a slideshow of “Californian hippie chic”.
Although it’s 20 degrees (68°F) out, don’t indulge the impulse to throw on a tank top and short shorts. Instead alway bring a jacket, a sweater, a kimono, or simply a scarf just in case the temperature decides to suddenly drop 10 degrees.
For the evenings, the LA girl dresses to impress. Let it be a date, a night out with the girlfriends, or just for some casual drinks at a bar. But we don’t want to look like we’re trying too hard, so wear something understated yet sexy.