8 Simple Outfit Recipes California Girls Can't Stop Wearing

Anna LaPlaca
·3 mins read

Since you clicked into this story, you're probably interested in California style, maybe even more so lately than you might have been before. Given that the pandemic has shifted the way we get dressed, the easygoing and casual vibe that the West Coast is known for has never seemed more appealing than it does now. People are turning to California girls for their simple-but-stylish outfit inspiration.

In my opinion, the best thing about the California-girl aesthetic is that it's casual but never boring, a balance I know I'm always striving for these days. This is why I'm diving into the simple outfit recipes they seem to love enough to wear over and over again. I've spotted California fashion girls wearing these combinations all over my feed but can also attest to seeing these looks IRL throughout my six-year sojourn on the sunnier coast.

If you're ready for a roundup of inspirational California outfits, look no further than the below nine.

Since most of California enjoys summer weather nearly year-round, a pretty floral dress is basically a wardrobe staple. L.A. girls, especially, wear theirs with sporty sneakers and tall socks for a cool vibe.

Shop the look:

Faithfull the Brand Sidonie Floral Minidress ($159)

Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low Platform Sneaker ($100)

Hue 3-Pack Scalloped Rib Crew Socks ($18)

Does it get any simpler (or more timeless) than a denim-on-denim ensemble? I think not. Whether they're tucking a chambray shirt into their jeans or matching with a coordinating denim jacket, Californians know it's a look that never fails.

Shop the look:

J.Crew Everyday Chambray Shirt ($78)

Mango Wide Leg High Waist Jeans ($80)

Elleme Mini Baguette Leather Bag ($250)

On casual days, you can spot Cali girls wearing a slip skirt with a basic tee or tank and adding interest via gold jewelry.

Shop the look:

x Karla Crop Tee ($48)

Bobeau Lyndon Satin Bias Skirt ($51)

Soko Ellipse Link Collar Necklace ($178)

As fall approaches, our West Coast friends are bringing back their blazers and boots to re-create this classic ensemble.

Shop the look:

Madewell Caldwell Double-Breasted Blazer in Mandell Plaid ($168)

Reona Scoop Neck Bodysuit ($68)

Samaria Leah Leah in Bone ($225)

Brother Vellies Lauryn Stamped Snake Boots ($795)

Matching sets aren't unique to California, but they are definitely a popular outfit there for good reason. There's nothing easier to throw on and look put-together than a matching two-piece set, especially when inspiration is lacking.

Shop the look:

Free People Everything Set ($148)

While I was living in L.A., I wore a tank with trousers more times than I can remember because the look is easy but chic.

Shop the look:

French Connection Mati Drape Jersey Sleeveless Top ($78)

Standards & Practices High Waist Wide Leg Pants ($88)

Jeans, especially vintage Levi's, are part of the California-girl uniform, and wearing them with sandals and a bodysuit couldn't be easier.

Shop the look:

Intimately Square Neck Bodysuit ($30)

Good American Good Straight Jeans ($181)

Tkees Lc Sandals ($68)

Since basic dresses have become more relevant lately, this simple look is one to jot down for future reference.

Shop the look:

Daily Ritual Jersey Ballet-Back T-Shirt Dress ($16)

Frame Le Carbon Leather Sandal ($375)

For even more casual outfits, check out these nine easy looks composed of just the basics.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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