One thing is for sure — nobody knows how to make dressing down look as delightful as a California girl. Comfy and cozy are key style components, and other than that, literally anything goes! From old Hollywood glamour to trendy t-shirts, Bobbie Thomas, TODAY style editor and co-host of “Fashion Police,” explores L.A. style.
Bohemian chicLoosen up your buttons ladies — L.A. is a laid-back town! Flowy, less tailored pieces are wardrobe staples, and bright colors and prints frequent the fashion scene. Mix and match your way by pairing unexpected pieces for a bohemian chic look, like Lotta Stensson showcases in her Melrose boutique, Lotta. Offering edgy embellishments and flirty fashions, the vibe at Lotta encourages you to express your eclectic style. Lotta, 7965 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, Calif., 90046; 323-852-0520; lottanyc.com
Good karmaL.A. living is often times centered around a healthy lifestyle, and the idea of peace, love, and spirituality can even be exuded through an Angelino’s purchases. Spirituali is a store that is based around this philosophy, and there you can find fashions that help you adorn with meaning. Many of the pieces in this boutique symbolize personality traits, reflect ideals and beliefs, will good fortune, or even attempt to protect — offering a connection to the item that goes deeper than its design. Spirituali, 7922 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, Calif., 90046; 323-951-9977
While L.A. is certainly a casual city, remember, it’s also home to Hollywood, where celebrity closets are filled with designer duds. This means that sometimes ladies like us can get lucky when stars decide to pass forward their fortune! Decades, Two is a designer resale shop that is filled with vintage couture and fabulous fashions from every era. Labels are an important part of the style scene in LA, and Decades, Two is the perfect place to score a designer deal. Decades, Two, 8214 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, Calif., 90046; 323-655-1960; decadestwo.com
Must-havesFinally, to get the true feel for L.A. style, you have to remember it is trend central! So if you’re looking for the must-have of the moment, Intuition is the place to go. The staff at this fashion-forward boutique keeps an eye out for red-hot items, like scarf dresses and chain necklaces, and they make sure to stock up on L.A. staples, like super-soft t-shirts, casual hoodies and tattooed cashmere. And of course, L.A. is the birthplace of designer denim, and jeans are absolutely essential to achieving a casual look. Intuition offers a variety of denim, tops and accessories that will keep you right on trend, all the way from your head to your toes. Intuition, 10581 Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif., 90064; 310-234-8442; shopintuition.com
Boutiques with buzz
Last but not least, if you find your way to Lalaland, here are some of the city’s hottest strips:
There’s a reason Rodeo Drive is famous! Drool over diamonds at designer shops like Tiffany & Co. (210 N Rodeo Dr., 310-273-8880), Harry Winston (310 N Rodeo Dr., 310-271-8554) and Van Cleef & Arpels (300 N Rodeo Dr., 310-276-1161).
Next, head over to Robertson Blvd, home to hip boutiques like Lisa Kline (136 S Robertson Blvd., 310-246-0907), Curve (154 N Robertson Blvd., 310-360-8008), Horn (140 S Robertson Blvd., 310-278-2052) and Madison (106 S Robertson Blvd., 310-275-1930).
Check out celebrity-favorite strip Sunset Plaza, which boosts local favorite boutiques like Tracey Ross (8595 W Sunset Blvd., 310-854-1996) and H. Lorenzo (8660 W Sunset Blvd., 310-659-1432), while Brunette (8025 Sunset Blvd., 323-650-9018) is nestled next door to Hollywood hot spot Hyde.
Then, stop by Melrose Place where Marc Jacobs (8400 Melrose Ave., 323-653-5100), Carolina Herrera (8441 Melrose Place, 323-782-9090) and Marni (8460 Melrose Place, 323-782-1101) are the new stars of the show. Nearby on 3rd St., Satine (8117 W 3rd St., 323-655-2142) and Hillary Rush (8222 W Third St., 323-852-0088) offer up hot new designers. Closer to the beach, make your way to Montana Avenue where you can pick up jeans at Planet Blue (800 14th St., 310-394-0135), ballet flats from London Sole (1331 Montana Ave., 310-255-0937, londonsole.com) and even canine couture at The Wagging Tail (1123 Montana Ave., 310-656-WOOF, wagwagwag.com).