The 6 California Girl Style Rules

The 6 California Girl Style Rules

You don’t have to be a fellow California girl to appreciate the West Coast aesthetic. A quintessentially California look transcends geography and brings a little bit of sunshine wherever you are. Flowy dresses, lots of light fabrics, with pops of color and unique pieces—all staples in our closets. If you’re trying to get a little of that California style infused into your wardrobe, then sit back and relax because we have 6 rules to achieve the California girl aesthetics below…

1. Buy Less, Wear More

Instead of buying 10 different pairs of jeans that are essentially the same style, save your dollars and focus on one or two that you really love and will actually wear. We’re all for finding ways to be more eco-conscious, especially when it comes to fashion, so paring down what we actually own is a great way to start.

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2. Swap In Sustainable Staples

Linen, organic cotton, and other natural textiles are California girl style staples. These versatile, lightweight fabric can be dressed up and down and styled a variety of ways. Plus, they’re definitely going to last longer too.

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3. Stick To The Classics {With Some Trendy Items}

We love a trend as much as the next person, but when it comes to longevity, certain items may lose their luster quickly. That’s why we prefer to focus on purchasing classic pieces {think the perfect oversized cashmere cardigan, the best white button down, a navy silk slip skirt} we’ll continue to wear for years to come and occasionally buy an in-season, trendy item that pairs well with clothes we already have.

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4. Say Yes To Bold Color!

As much as we love neutral tones, we have to have a few bold colors and prints to round out our wardrobes. Sometimes you need that one unique, style-defining piece like an eye-catching jacket or skirt that instantly elevates any neutral piece in your closet.

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5. Bring On The Bohemian

Boho styles like printed maxi dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, and flowy silhouettes will always have a place in a California girl’s closet. Boho style is really a trend, but more of a lifestyle.

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6. Keep It Carefree

California girl style errs on the side of casual, comfortable, and carefree. Pair a sundress with flats or espadrilles; look for breezy fabrics; balance tailored pieces like a button-up shirt with jeans. It’s all about feeling comfortable and confident in the clothes you’re in too.

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What are the style rules you live by?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

XO Team LC

Photos: Tessa Scott

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