I'm an L.A. Girl Turned New Yorker—Here Are the Basics I Wear on Both Coasts



A few years ago, I gave up the warm weather and palm trees in Los Angeles and moved to the concrete jungle that is New York City. This was a big move for me. When I first stepped foot in Southern California, I thought I was going to be there forever. I was in love with the California lifestyle, and jeans and open-toed shoes became a part of my everyday uniform. But I knew my fashion dreams were in New York, so I took the leap and moved to the Big Apple. Once I moved, I realized there are many differences between L.A. and NYC, especially when it comes to style. 

Of course, New York has all four seasons for starters, but it also has an edgier sense of personal style. But don't worry. Since I spend some time going back and forth from L.A. to NYC, I have found some basics that work no matter which coast you're on. With white tanks paired with blazers and denim, little black dresses, and midi dresses you can wear with sneakers or heeled sandals, I've got you covered.

Keep scrolling for the elevated basics I wear on both coasts.


The fit of these Re/Done jeans is everything. 


I'm calling these the "wear everywhere" sandals. They're so comfortable and stylish. 

These are the cutest mules ever, and they're super comfortable.

Good loafers can take any look to the next level.

I would pair these with jeans and a white tank. 

Okay, I rarely love flat shoes, but I need these ones.

I am obsessed with these platforms. Catch me wearing them on a night out in L.A. or New York.

Really into New Balance sneakers lately.

Chic platform sandals that are only $50? I'm adding these to my cart immediately.

How adorable are these slingback pumps?

Tees & Tanks

I live in cotton T-shirts, as they're such a great basic you can wear with essentially anything. 

The cut of this tank is so flattering. 

Racerback tank tops are quickly becoming the top you'll see on every It girl—trust me. 

Pair with a cropped blazer and you're good to go. 


These pants look way more expensive than they are. 

Leather leggings are my saving grace, comfortable and stylish.


Dress this up with heeled sandals, or pair it with sneakers for a more casual look. 

A midi ribbed tank dress is my spring/summer uniform. 

The cowl neckline on this dress is so dreamy.

Perfect dress for a dinner date.

Tops & Blouses

Tube tops are my new thing lately. 

This is my go-to top when I'm thinking of a "jeans and cute top" look. 

A cropped shirt you can wear with jeans, trousers, a miniskirt, or leather pants.

A dainty bustier top perfect for a daytime event.


I'm styling this cropped blazer with a racerback tank, relaxed denim, and some heeled mules. 

The perfect go-to lightweight blazer.


The ruching on this skirt is so cute.

A miniskirt you won't want to take off.