Style: Spring California Casual

Florals and Suede California Style
Florals and Suede California Style

This look is basically my uniform: Jeans, sleeveless top, boots and some sort of light jacket or sweater. During winter in California, I throw a blanket scarf on top and I'm good to go. In the springtime, when it can suddenly get hot in the middle of the day, I just toss the jacket aside.

If I'm not in yoga pants (the REAL Los Angeles uniform) I'll pretty much be in some version of this. It's polished but still casual and super comfy. And swap out the boots for heels and it's easy to dress it up for a night out too.

Vintage Coach Purse with Casual California Style
Florals and Suede California Style
Vintage Coach Bad with Cowboy boots
Florals and Suede California Style

But let's talk about this jacket, shall we? I bought it on a whim and it's become an indespensible part of my wardrobe. Super soft, lightweight and soft as butter vegan suede with the perfect drape in the front. I wore it a ton back in the Midwest over the winter, it's been a great springtime transitional pieces, and I anticipate grabbing it quite a bit on those chilly summer SoCal nights. The even better part- it was crazy cheap! I picked it up at Nordstrom Rack for about $30. (It looks WAY more expensive than that!)

Florals and Suede California Style

The other thing we need to discuss are these insane sunglasses. They're vintage Christian Dior, and I found them at the Rosebowl Flea Market. They are completely ridiculous, and I think in the past- even though I would have still loved them- I may have been a bit reluctant to wear them. I think once you get to a certain age you have less F's to give though and you just wear things that make you happy- even if the rest of the world thinks you look insane. Personally, I like to think I'm channeling a little piece of Iris Apfel or Linda Rodin when I have them on. And who doesn't want to grow up to be exactly like either of them?!

The rest of this outfit is primarily second-hand: Lush top, vintage Coach saddle bag, (both thrifted) and Dingo boots found at It's a Wrap in Burbank. (If you don't know about this store, and you live in the LA area, you have to check it out. Everything comes from film and television sets- marked with the show or movie it was used for- and I've found some amazing deals on designer clothes there.) My trusty Loft jeans and Brass and Stone pocketknife necklace finish off the look.