If there’s anything that feels more L.A. than a pair of blue jeans and ankle boots, it’s sunglasses in the winter. Being an L.A. native, I can confidently tell you that rain or shine, my sunglasses are permanently either attached to my person or within arm's reach. What can I say, you just never know when that sunshine is going to hit. Another thing L.A. girls have mastered that isn’t as obvious? Winter style that isn’t focused on puffer jackets and coats. From smart ways to layer to picking fun boots, we have this semi-cold weather dressing nailed down. To prove it, I asked five L.A. girls to show you their three winter outfits (sunglasses included) which resulted in some seriously cool looks I'm already re-creating. Keep reading to see what I mean.
I love the larger frames this coming season. I’ve been hooked on cat eyes, which is always a classic fave, but I'm ready to experiment with something that feels different than my usual.
What’s your L.A. story?
I’m actually an L.A. native (born and raised)! I’ve never really had a thought to leave the city either—it's always been my favorite place to be. From the weather, food, and the general lifestyle, I can definitely say it’s my happy place.
What’s one style tip you’ve received that has stuck with you?
I think the greatest thing I’ve learned is actually the most simple: Be yourself and don’t follow trends just to follow them. I always ask myself, Which ones speak to you? Which ones are classic, timeless to you as an individual? Always follow that, and always prioritize investing in the pieces that you’ll want to have for years on end that you truly identify with.
Where in L.A. is your go-to spot for some serious decompressing?
For serious decompressing, I love to go to Manhattan Beach to take in the beautiful water, beaches, and homes. The clean air and quiet atmosphere are so peaceful and also double as a great place for visualization—the neighborhoods are gorgeous!
What sunglass shape is speaking to you right now?
I love more fitted or slightly oversize sunglasses in the wintertime. I’ve been gravitating to a light cat-eye these days.
My winter wardrobe can be summed up as sweaters and boots! Even though it doesn’t usually get cold during the day in L.A., I love any opportunity to throw on a turtleneck and comfortable jeans and get cozy with a hot cup of coffee. I’m obsessed with a point-toe boot and think a nice pair of black boots can pull together just about any outfit. Raw-hem jeans? A #look.
What do you think is the ultimate L.A.-girl uniform?
I think there are two L.A.-girl uniforms: The ultimate L.A. girl-on-the-go uniform is still the oversize top or hoodie, chunky sneakers, and biker shorts. Very Instagram and admittedly incredibly comfortable (I was both ashamed and delighted the day I gave into this look). The second is casual chic, an oversize blazer, "effortless" hair, high-waisted denim jeans, and a unique shirt. This look pairs well with any shoe and feels like it fits in just about anywhere.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and after moving multiple times away from here, I missed the people, culture, and fast-paced environment. I always knew this was my place to be; L.A. will always continue to inspire my creativity.
I like layering pieces that contrast each other for an edgy, classic look. For example, I would wear a long coat and layer it with pleather blazer, chunky turtleneck, satin midi skirt, and a pair of boots.
I’m super into ’70s-inspired sunglasses right now. I love the shape and how it works with my personal style.
If you had to pick one winter piece from your wardrobe, what would it be?
I live in my teddy jackets during the winter; I have it in at least 10 different colors. It’s the coziest, comfiest winter piece, especially in L.A. when it’s very cold in the mornings and evenings. I love that it can be styled with anything and you will feel like you are walking around in a blanket. I highly recommend adding a teddy jacket to your winter wardrobe.
Since I was younger, I always wanted to move to L.A. I grew up visiting New York City every weekend and I loved it there, but I also knew that it wasn’t the place for me. So one day on impulse, I decided to buy a one-way ticket to L.A. with nothing but two suitcases, my laptop, and my camera. It’s been two years and I couldn’t be happier that I took that leap of faith.
Optical! I want to try taking a break from wearing contacts every day and wear my glasses out and about.
How would you describe the L.A.-girl uniform?
To me, The L.A.-girl uniform is definitely a great pair of vintage jeans, a small shoulder bag, a cardigan, and a great pair of boots. L.A. girls are all about effortless and ease, and this outfit is polished and super easy to throw on but super comfortable too.