I Have Minimal Style and Live in L.A.—These Elevated Basics Are Important to Me

There is something quite appealing about the idea of that effortless California vibe. Many on the West Coast (like in Los Angeles) often gravitate toward easy yet chic pieces to create their signature pared-down looks. So we routinely turn to creatives in this set for sartorial inspiration. Stylist and content creator Jen Andrews-Cater happens to be one of the said people. 

She lives in L.A. and describes her style as minimal, so she invests in elevated basics to complete her simple, fashion-forward ensembles. Naturally, we were quite intrigued about the versatile staples that are particularly important in her closet right now. Below, you'll uncover styling references and testimonials from Andrews-Cater as well as a curation of pieces that are mainstays in her rotation. If you're inspired, there are also shopping recommendations throughout. 

1. Relaxed Jeans

"Relaxed jeans are a staple. I have tried so many different brands and always come back to Totême. The fit is always good and timeless."

2. Oversize Blazer

"I wear my blazers year-round, and they are an important component to my wardrobe mix. A neutral beige/tan one and a black one are essential. I find myself reaching for this tan Frankie Shop one a lot."

3. Ballet Flats

"These are probably my most worn shoes. They are comfortable, chic, versatile, and elevate the simplest looks."

4. Trench Coat

"I always come back to my classic Totême trench. It's so well-made and looks effortless."

5. Simple Black Bag

"I love a classic, simple bag with not too many logos or flash. If you follow me on IG, you know that this is my favorite bag ATM and most worn."

6. White Button-Down

"White button-downs are so useful year-round—in summer over a bathing suit or with trousers, denim, etc."

7. Black Trousers

"When I'm stuck on what to wear, I always reach for black trousers—effortless and easy to style."

8. Thin Black Belt

"I just added this to my wardrobe and have been loving how it pulls the simplest outfits together. I can literally throw it on with a simple white tee, denim, and my New Balances, and it looks cool. Accessories, to me, change the whole game in an outfit and really add that cherry on top to a look."