As I write this, Los Angeles is going through a 100+ degree heatwave and I am miserable. My apartment is very beautiful but full of “old world charm” … a.k.a. no A/C.
But let’s flash back to a week ago when we were actually feeling West Coast style fall temperatures.
The seasons in Los Angeles are much more mild than the ones I experienced in my Upstate NY upbringing, but I look forward to them nonetheless. I’ve been in LA 13 years now, which blows my mind. Sometimes it feels SO long ago that I moved out here and other times it feels like I blinked and here we are.
One thing I’ve adapted to is not having as many heavy winter clothes. I bring a lot more layers with me and only really wear jackets in December and January or when I’m closer to the beach, where it does get breezier once the sun sets.
This time of year, with the warmer days fading into cooler nights, I follow this basic pattern when I get dressed: shirt, shorts, booties or sneakers (for work) and a lightweight wrap sweater. The sweater has to be able to fit in my purse.
Here are my favorite items I’ve been wearing all summer and the wrap I’ve been wearing non-stop. If you follow me on Instagram @girlgetglamorous, you’ve probably seen them before. My summer and fall casual outfit must-haves.
Shorts | Levi’s 501 Rolled Hem Shorts, $68.
I am OBSESSED with these rolled hem shorts from Levi’s. They are affordable, fit perfectly, and have that baggy look around the leg that I adore. It’s so hard for me to find shorts I love and these came with me on every trip this summer and were my go-to everyday shorts. I might even buy a back up pair, because I truly can’t live without them. Buy a size or two up for added comfort and bagginess. Levi’s do tend to run small. Limited sizing available: Nordstrom | Levi’s | Nasty Gal
Booties | Jeffery Campbell Taggart Bootie in Taupe, $177.
These boots were a major splurge for me. I can’t remember the last time I paid over $100 for a pair of shoes. But I noticed that I wear the same five pairs of shoes over and over again until they have holes that literally can’t be patched up again (I’ve checked.) So a great looking, comfortable pair of shoes gets an INSANE amount of mileage in my closet and the cost-per-wear becomes nothing. These are the perfect neutral shade for me and the cut outs make them unique. These are great for fall, spring, and summer dressing. I love them with jeans, crops, shorts and dresses. They go with everything! Nordstrom | Urban Outfitters | Ashbury Skies
Shirt | Frontline Artistry, $25.
A loose T will get you major mileage in my book. I like them to be baggy, but somehow still a little fitted, and soft as heck. I love this “Whiskey and Winged Liner” t-shirt, from Frontline Artistry, a clothing line for makeup artists. I think they need a Rosé and Winged Liner shirt next, ha! I’m wearing an XL here, I like my shirts very loose, especially for work. Splendid and Vince also make great loose shirts but they are a bit pricier.
I first saw this during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and had to have it. It’s been one of the best purchases ever. I wear it everywhere and it’s always in my purse. It’s great for movie dates (the theaters are SO cold!) and for work when the A/C is on full blast. I even wore it over my bathing suits all summer and got non-stop compliments. Nordstrom | Amazon
I usually wear these $20 gold hoop earrings with this outfit and I’m wearing my new favorite lipstick, the formula is so soft and hydrating, Hourglass lipstick in Grace. The perfect shade for Strawberry Blondes.
And when it gets even a little cooler, change out the shorts with skinny jeans and you are good. to. go.
When you are trying to act all cool and “rock n’ roll” but are really saying “surfs up, Dude!” HA. #CoolFail
And you know I had to get the girlgetglamorousHAIR extensions poppin 😉
I always get so nervous to share outfit posts, so thank you for reading! I hope you loved the post as much as I love my flannel wrap, ha ha!