It really hurts to say that, but my current blazer collection isn’t getting much play like it used to be. There was almost no day that I wouldn’t wear one as a New Yorker, but after moving to L.A., I went for lazy layers that felt less textural and stuffy. The perfect illustration? A large button-down that functions both as a pseudo jacket and as a statement piece with shiny metal jewelry. The oversize shirt is also a big trend right now, so I bought it in all sorts of patterns and colors.
It might seem a little counter-intuitive to be so into sneakers after moving out of pedestrianized New York City, but trust me when I say Los Angeles is about being comfortable and low-key. Heeled boots and sandals were a big part of my daily uniform as a fashion editor in New York, but the few times I’ve worn in L.A. they felt out of place in the casual atmosphere. Of course, I still bring out my towering stilettos for fancy occasions, but I have to Really Be worth.
Even before the pandemic, Angelenos were famous supporters of the power jogging suit. It wasn’t long before I became aware of it and took it over for myself. While I’m a person who likes to dress a little more formal than most of the others (think upscale accessories and improved basics), even I couldn’t resist putting on comfortable sweatpants for a coffee while running or going to the farmers market to go.
Wearing a dress in New York is a science: it shouldn’t be short enough to tug at it all day on the go, but it should be versatile enough to go from the office to an after-work drink or anything in between. Midi dresses will always have a prime spot in my closet, but the styles I tend towards now are lighter and more airy and usually have a happy print or color. The West Coast way is all about looking like you’re about to go to a casual garden party (without the tiny finger sandwiches).
There’s a good reason so many great denim brands come from California – it’s an integral part of tailoring DNA. Needless to say, people take it very seriously. Whether denim jacket or jeans, my collection has definitely expanded since I arrived on the west coast. With L.A. audiences avoiding darker colors, it’s no surprise that light and medium blue vintage washes come first. Paired with a white T-shirt and eye-catching sunglasses, it is the ideal outfit for walks to the beach or through town.
I’m no stranger to a statement top, and it’s one of my ex-New York styles that I’ve adapted since I landed in LA. Before, high necklines, polished collars and slim knit bodies fit this definition, but now airy blouses with interesting necklines are my top priority. A good frame of reference would be the milkmaid top – but with a dash of ’70s style and in a range of pastel colors.
Even if I wanted to, as a New Yorker, I couldn’t really jump on the tick-bag trend. It’s incredibly inconvenient to have a full wallet, keys, extra change, hand sanitizer, and an umbrella with you at any given time. If you are planning a day on the town, forget about this too, as items accumulating during the day is a given. Right now, my car is my personal item holder, so I can confidently carry a small bag without worrying about missing out. Even when I walk around L.A., I carry so much less with me than I used to be an East Coast town girl.
Coming soon: Meet the 30 most beautiful beach dresses of summer 2021