Whether I’m grabbing my morning iced latte, going for alfresco brunch on the weekends, taking a walk down Melrose Place on my lunch break, or indulging in guac and margaritas after work, there are certain fashion items (often from Reformation) that I see women wearing almost every day in Los Angeles, no matter where my route takes me. And yes, while it may seem like in today’s world, we’re all drinking the same Instagram Kool-Aid, there are certainly some nuances—e.g., white dresses and oversize sunglasses—that seem so innately Angeleno that you’d be hard-pressed not to notice these pieces on fashion girls everywhere from Venice to Silver Lake. Keep scrolling for a peek at the seven items we’re seeing all over L.A. right now.
Call it shirred, smocked, or crinkly, the elasticized gathered fabric is all over our favorite dresses and tops this season—and Angelenos have been quick to take on the pretty and flattering summer trend.
No one dares to leave the house without their shades in L.A., and this season is all about cool-meets-glam oversize sunglasses. Think retro silhouettes or sporty shield styles.
Los Angeles ladies love pretty and effortless blouses they can wear from day to night with their high-waisted jeans and denim shorts. For summer, there is a particular penchant for statement sleeves and puff shoulders.
If you live in L.A., it’s practically a prerequisite to own a pair of sandals. This season sees fashion girls embracing the delicate, strappy-sandal trend in full force.
Straw and woven bags in all shapes and sizes have been taking over the city for some time. They exude the relaxed and laid-back L.A. vibe to a T.
While floral-print dresses are everywhere in L.A., cool girls know the power of a laid-back little white dress. Whether mini or maxi, billowy or wrap, an LWD will work for every Cali occasion.
Angelenos cannot get enough of their high-waisted denim shorts. Whether it’s a short silhouette or trendy Bermuda style, fashion girls tend to favor a light wash (preferably vintage Levi’s found at the Melrose Trading Post flea market) worn with a white tee, tank, or a cropped puff-sleeve blouse.
Up next, the most popular dresses of the summer.