L.A. girls are experts when it comes to summer style. Which makes sense, considering they live in one of the few major American cities that’s relatively warm year-round. Whether they’re in the midst of the mild winter months or the sweltering summer season, they know how to piece together outfits that marry fashion and function, thus keeping their cool while hanging out beachside in Malibu, jaunting around DTLA, filling up the farmer’s market in Echo Park, or heading out to brunch in WeHo.
As someone who grew up in Michigan and moved to L.A. a mere three years ago, I’m still not used to the incessant heat that radiates through the city from July through October (as I write this, it’s a balmy 79 degrees, although temperatures are only expected to rise as we close out July and enter August). As such, I’m relearning how to dress for summer and taking lots of style notes from my fellow Angelenos while I’m at it. Keep scrolling to see the seven outfits L.A. girls are wearing to beat the heat.
The beauty of this summer outfit is in the way it combines old-school glamour with simplicity. Raissa Gerona combines an oversize pullover and sparkling chandelier earrings with black bike shorts (the latter of which is an L.A.-girl wardrobe staple).
Aimee Song, from Song of Style, wears a mint-green monochromatic outfit I plan on copying all summer long. The exact shorts she’s wearing from blogger Camila Coelho’s Revolve collection are currently sold out. However, there are similar pairs to shop until they’re (hopefully) restocked.
Remember how I mentioned that simple black bike shorts are the most beloved wardrobe basic of L.A. girls? Here’s more proof. Jaime Ridge wears hers with a billowy white button-down. It’s an unexpected, yet effortlessly cool combination.
This simple outfit formula is chic and effortless. Plus, it will keep you cool under the hot sun. All it takes is a lettuce-edge T-shirt and a slip dress. The fanny pack and sneakers aren’t necessary, but they’re definitely encouraged.
Pair a simple black tank top with high-waisted statement trousers for a polished and professional outfit that will keep you cool in the dog days of summer. Accessorize with a small black bag, hoop earrings, and strappy sandals.
How effortlessly cool is this outfit? I’m obsessed with the way Rachel Nosco’s ’70s-esque sundress and tinted glasses are modernized with a crossbody and athletic sandals.
What’s more summery than a breezy midi dress? This one that Julie Sariñara of Sincerely Jules is wearing is from ba&sh, a Parisian fashion label. It has a bold and edgy print, yet it still feels soft and romantic thanks to its ruffled design.