It's Officially Skinny Jean–and–Ankle Boot Season—Here's How to Style Them

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I moved to New York City about four months ago, and I have to say that the differences between the fashion scene in my new city of residence and my former one (Los Angeles!) are becoming more apparent by the week. Don't get me wrong; I love NYC and its slightly chicer, slightly more polished vibe, but there are moments I long for the casual-cool style of the West Coast.

Thankfully Instagram is a thing, and I can follow my favorite L.A. girls—such as Ellen Kim—for daily Cali-girl style inspiration. I'm especially into Kim's low-key fall denim ensemble, as it's equal parts comfy and stylish. Her skinny jean–and–ankle boot outfit, which happens to only cost $96 (shoutout to Walmart), is just as good as her list of must-visit spots around the city. Don't worry; you're about to discover both.


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On her style inspiration: "The greatest influence on my style is actually other influencers. I love seeing what everyone is wearing and how they interpret certain trends."

On following trends: "I do love trends, but my style isn't necessarily dictated by them. If I see one I like, I'll interpret it to fit my own personal style and wear what works for my body type."

On finding the perfect jeans: "I love a great pair of skinny jeans. These ones hit the ankle perfectly, which can help make you look taller."


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On dressing for L.A.'s casual vibe: "This cozy sweater is something I'd wear every day! I'd wear this outfit to run errands, meet friends for lunch, or just hang around the house."

On the L.A.-girl wardrobe essentials: "A graphic tee, great denim (and denim shorts!), dad sneakers, sunglasses, and a denim jacket."

On the three places everyone must visit in L.A.:

"1. Koreatown: Being Korean, I love the food and one of my favorite spots is Quarters for Korean barbecue.

"2. Silverlake: This area is the cutest! I love the shops, the cafés, and the amazing restaurants. It's super hip and trendy!

"3. Abbot Kinney: It's my all-time-favorite area to walk around, shop, and eat, and it's right next to Venice Beach."


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