What does it mean when someone says, “California Style?”
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, since Kelsi Smith alerted me (not personally, but generally) to the description of “Los Angeles Style” from Lucky Mag. That, and being asked, “What is San Francisco style?” a few times in the last few weeks has got me wondering if I need to cultivate a canned response. Either way, it seems like defining a geographic area’s fashion sense is a topic for banter much like the weather or a local sports team.
Being born and raised in California and living here most of my life, might give me some sort of “credentials” for my California-ness… do I have “California Style?” Possibly, but not in the stereotypical sense, not overly casual, and not boho. After all, California is a vast and diverse place. Like many people, I’m not dressing to fit into any sort of stereotype (albeit unconsciously I probably do). I try to wear clothes that make me feel good, as well as appropriate for my lifestyle: clothes that are not too difficult to maintain, but polished enough to look put together.
So… here is my trench coat. Worn with faux leather leggings and sandals. The coat is to shield me from the crazy wind (as the leggings) but they’re all easy enough just to throw on, without fussing too much. It’s a little preppy only rumpled and way, way, way more casual than you might see on an East Coaster, but then, I’m 99.999% sure people are wearing trench coats with blue shirts and black pants there too.
If you want to get my “California Style” look…
- Sandals: Franco Sarto Venezia • $58.99
- Bag: Sophie Hulme Mini Envelope Crossbody Bag, Black • $445.00
- Trench: Gryphon [Similar: A.P.C. Double-Breasted Trench Coat • $635.00 ]
- Leggings: Aritzia [Similar: Blank NYC Black Vegan Leather Legging in Pussy Cat • $98.00 ]
- Button down: H&M [This one is similar: Elizabeth and James Carrine Shirt • $265.00 ]
- Sunglasses: Super “Lucia” Sunglasses • $269