FASHION TRUTHS FROM A WEST COAST GIRL

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Welcome to our two part blog series on West Coast fashion truths verses East Coast style. With our bloggers here at Posh at Play living on both sides of the fashion scale, we can give you first hand tips on the styles that rock our cities. This week, we start with our L.A. based fashion blogger Natalie Kramer:

There’s a reason why West Coast style is so often imitated and envied. Since the weather offers year round sun and eternal summer vibes, California girls have a way of putting together casual looks that can go practically anywhere. Whether we’re rocking tousled beachy waves or chic denim cut offs, L.A. girls know how to make fashion appear feminine yet effortless. Take a look at the 6 style truths every West Coast girl follows and you are on your way to a casual yet chic new year.

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SANDALS ARE YEAR ROUND

If there’s only one pair of shoes in your closet, West Coasters know it has to be the sandal. Since the region calls for year round sun and endless beach days, sandals are the most important shoe option. With just the right pair, your sandals can take you from work in the morning to lunch with the girls in the afternoon to cocktails with your agent at twilight to dancing the night away at your favorite club. I like Steve Madden’s lace up suede sandals paired with Blank Denim’s skinny overalls or Hudson’s cropped jeans and basic fitted tee from Eileen Fisher for the perfect “Cali Cool” effortless style. Segue into the evening hours by changing into a lovely lace dress from Hale Bob or go with something a bit more flashy in a copper sequined V neck cocktail frock. Morning to evening, casual to dressy, sandals are a “must have” staple to dressing “West Coast Style.”

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AND SO ARE BOOTS

The second shoe option everyone must own are boots. Not just reserved for wintertime, on the West Coast boots can be worn any time of day and any Season of the year. The key is to choose the style, material, and color that is suitable for all occasions. I like Aquatalia’s weatherproof beige ankle booties paired with Springtime’s favorite printed romper from Hale Bob. Accessorize one of Hale Bob’s swimsuit options and ivory lace kimono from Liberty Garden with a floppy hat from Free People, oversized tote from Tory Burch, and your ankle booties for a “Boho” chic style. Segue into the colder months by combining your ankle booties with Hudson’s classic skinny jeans, long sleeve tee from Liberty Garden, and Liberty Garden’s black slouchy sweatshirt for perfect layering effect. Rain or shine, boots are another shoe staple to add top your “West Coast” look.

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SLOUCHY SWEATERS + CUT OFFS = TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE 

Speaking of slouchy sweaters, this wardrobe item is definitely a “must have” for all West Coasters. With a desert-like climate, the weather tends to be warm during the day yet chilly at night, year round. L.A. girls everywhere are able to master the slouchy casual sweater and denim cut offs look to a tee, without looking messy. The key is to keep make up and hair as natural looking as possible and to accessorize in all the right places. Start by sweeping Senna’s mineral-based powdered bronzer across your face and tousling your hair with Bumble & Bumble’s surf infusion for those beachy waves. Next pair Citizen’s of Humanity’s denim cut offs with a white open-shoulder sweatshirt from Liberty Garden. Accessorize your look with classic Converse sneakers, statement watch from Betsey Johnson, and your oversized tote from Tory Burch. For the more daring, go for a pop of color in red denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans or tangerine hue from J Brand. West Coasters know that denim cut offs are a “can do” for even nighttime occasions by accessorizing with diamond studs, necklace from Dana Rebecca Designs, ankle strap heels from Stuart Weitzman, and a glittering clutch from Kate Spade. Trade out your top for Hale Bob’s elegant floral drape sweater and you are ready to hit the Red Carpet in style.

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LAYERING IS KEY FOR THOSE IN BETWEEN DAYS

Since the West Coast lies in a “desert like” climate with warm days and chilly nights, L.A. girls know that layering is key to staying warm yet chic. Get actress Vanessa Hudgen’s chill look above with Liberty Garden’s sleeveless lace maxi dress layered with a cozy plaid button down from Paige Denim, handbag from Zac Posen, and soft suede Birkenstocks. For another look, you could also pair Liberty Garden’s NEW layered crochet sweater or Hale Bob’s lace trimmed swing cardigan over a Derek Lam cami paired with Hudson’s cropped distressed jeans and your favorite wedge sandals. When the weather warms, simply tie your sweater around your waist for “no nonsense,” effortless style.

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A MOTO JACKET IS THE ONLY KIND YOU’LL NEED

In addition to layering, West Coasters know that the leather moto jacket is the only jacket you need year round to carry you through any and every occasion. Once you find the perfect feel and shape for you, you won’t need to ever shop for another wrap. I like the clean, simple silhouette of Trouve’s black leather moto jacket paired with Hale Bob’s flowy satin blouse, floral cropped pants, and black ankle strap sandals from Alexander Wang. Complete your look with colorful accessories such as a yellow clutch from Kenzo, colorful bangles from Lead, and sunglasses from sunglasses from L.A. based company Wildfox. Your jacket will look just as polished over your outfit to the office, paired with Joe’s Jeans’ floral shorts for beach time fun, or combined with your favorite cocktail dress at night. As you shop for your perfect moto jacket, consider top quality to last you a lifetime of events to come.

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HIKING OUTFITS > GYM WEAR

Take a peek around L.A. and you’ll see Angelenos everywhere “getting their exercise on” outside of the gym. With busy schedules, constant traffic, and often no time to run home to change, West Coast girls have perfected the art of “athleisure” style: athletic gear suitable for everyday wear. And since the weather is always nice year round, we have the benefit of outdoor workout options rather than gym fees. The key to your perfect “athleisure” style is to stick to neutral colors and steer away from spandex, bra tops, and other “gym” items. I suggest starting with Hale Bob’s smock waist printed shorts topped with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or yellow scoop neck tank for a pop of color. If the weather turns chilly, layer with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve top or black and white menswear sweatshirt rather than your usual “hoodie.” You can also substitute shorts for ultra suede black leggings on colder days. This Season, be an L.A. girl and look chic WHILE working out.

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Even if your city doesn’t have that carefree, beach vibe or it rains more than sees the sun, you can still take some tips from us West Coast girls. Whether you opt to wear boots in the summertime or try layering or switch up your workout attire, make your style this Season effortless, beautiful, and all about YOU.

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OUR FAVORITE STREET STYLE TRENDS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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New York City is a buzz this week as the city kicks off Spring 2016’s fashion trends and designs. As the fashion world gets a “sneak peek” at designers’ trends on the runway, we focus our attention on favorite street styles spotted across the city. What better way to spot trending Fall fashion as celebrities and fashion gurus across the world gather to celebrate Spring style. Scroll down to view our favorite styles spotted during New York Fashion Week and start shopping the Fall fashion trends today.

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BLUSH PINK

From J Crew to Oscar de la Renta to Jill Stuart, designers everywhere jumped on the “blush pink” color trend for 2015. Found on dresses, blouses, sweaters, pantsuits, and handbags, blush pink is the hottest new color trend to hit the fashion industry and it looks like the color is continuing into the Fall Season. Spruce up your winter wardrobe with this year’s color trend. We love Liberty Garden’s pink tattered long sleeve shirt paired with Hale Bob’s ivory ultra suede leggings for casual days out. On your next night on the town, forgo the predictable LBD and opt for Hale Bob’s chic powder pink suede shift dress accessorized with matching pink suede heels from Jeffrey Campbell. Be sure to add this trending color to your wardrobe collection this Fall.

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BRIGHT JEWEL TONES

Another color trend continuing into the cooler months ahead are bright jewel toned colors. Don’t let the cold dreary days of Fall and Winter dampen your style. Shine bright this Season in ruby red, cobalt blue, deep jade, or violet purple. Get a similar look as spotted street style at New York Fashion Week with Hale Bob’s bright blue A line dress. Accessorize with a chic handbag from Tory Burch and emerald green sandals from Jimmy Choo. For a different color scheme, go with Hale Bob’s long sleeve purple shirtdress paired with a warm purple Bolero jacket and Badgley Mischka’s Sherry lace booties. When the weather turns a bit chillier, grab Hale Bob’s warm black “mixed media” leggings paired with a long sleeve “Utiliarian Chic” turtleneck in deep jade. Or simply throw on Hale Bob’s ruby red fur vest over your outfit of the day for a trendy “jewel toned” touch to your Fall style.

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BOHO FRINGE

Cool festival style “Boho” fringe is still trending into the Fall season. Forgo summer’s sheer lace and gladiators and update the look for the cooler months with suede, leather, and knee high boots. Start with Hale Bob’s orange short sleeve shirt with fringe paired with Joe’s Jeans’ black jeggings and Ralph Lauren’s fringe suede knee high boots. Update your outerwear with a chic black leather fringe jacket from Rebecca Minkoff for those crisp, chilly Fall days and accessorize with your fringe handbag and “Boho” floppy hat from summer. Look for fringe on everything from handbags to boots to jackets to skirts this Season and keep the free spirit of Summer’s festival style alive throughout the Fall and Winter months ahead.

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RETRO 70’s

With Boho fringe still trending, retro 70’s style is grooving its way into the Fall and Winter Season. Look for wide leg jeans, flare overalls, peasant blouses, bold floral patterns and long sleeve maxi dresses. Get a similar “retro” look as pictured above at New York Fashion Week with Topshop’s floral print overalls paired with a sleek crop top from Blue Life and “70’s style” clogs from Steve Madden. We also like AC Collection’s wide leg jeans in a variety of washes to suit your “retro” style. Pair the dark blue color with Hale Bob’s ivory “peasant” style silk chiffon blouse for casual days out, the gray hue with Hale Bob’s red silk button down for the office and the sparkle tint with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace detailing for cocktail hour. However you choose to style your “retro” look, groove into Fall with 70’s-inspired silhouettes and patterns.

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CROPPED WIDE LEG

Following the trend of retro 70’s, the wide leg pant gets an update this Season with a shorter, cropped style. Spotted all over the streets of New York for Fashion Week, the wide leg cropped pant is one of this Fall’s trendiest fashion statements. From daytime to evening, let your cropped pant style work for you this year. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s dark wash wide leg cropped denim jeans and pair with your favorite white Tee and sneakers for an everyday “Athleisure” look. Segue into the evening hours by accessorizing your denim with Liberty Garden’s NEW black long sleeve mesh blouse and gold sparkle heels from Betsey Johnson. You can create your own cropped style by rolling the cuffs of any of your favorite wide leg pants in your closet for a new and updated silhouette this Fall. Go ahead and give it a try.

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MAXI DRESS

A third “retro” look continuing into the cooler months of Autumn is the flowy maxi dress. With careful styling and just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer maxi dress style throughout Fall and Winter. Forgo the flat sandals and straw hat and layer your maxi with a heavier knit sweater, suede jacket, ankle booties, or strappy heels. Choose maxi dresses and skirts with warmer colors and darker floral prints for Fall. Check out our great selection of maxi dresses from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden in a variety of styles, colors, and prints to fit any occasion. We like Liberty Garden’s newest black and white strapless embroidered maxi dress perfect for a night on the town, or go with Hale Bob’s black lace maxi for a classic look. Carry your “Boho” style into the next Season with our favorite tribal print drop waist maxi dress paired with cozy BCBGeneration black booties and a black leather jacket. Don’t be afraid to keep your maxi dresses flowing for Fall.

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SHIRTDRESS

Our final favorite street style trend spotted at last week’s NYFW is the shirtdress. Take a tip from celebrities Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Olivia Palermo and give this look a try for Fall. The simplest way to work the look is to grab your husband’s large button down shirt from the closet, cinch with a skinny belt, and pair with your favorite knee high boots. Or, shop the look now with our top choices from Hale Bob. Try the black and white floral button down shirtdress accessorized with Michael Kors’ black knee high boots or suede wedges from Steve Madden. Dress up your shirtdress by adding delicate jewelry and pairing with your favorite strappy heels to dance the night away. Don’t miss out on one of this Season’s simplest yet chicest fashion statements.

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Which of our favorite New York Fashion Week street styles will you want to try this Season? From feminine blush pink to wide leg cropped to the simple shirtdress, this year’s Fall Fashion is comfortable and easy. No need for a closet overhaul. Simply swap out your sandals for boots or pair your look with a warm jacket and you can easily carry many of your favorite Summer styles into the next Season. Add a few simple accessories and you are ready for the cooler months ahead. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, pull on your ankle boots, and kick off the Fall fashion season in style.