There’s something about the West Coast that’s always been appealing: the loose, breezy fashions; the year-round beachy influences and the carefree atmosphere. It’s a stark contrast to the Big Apple, whose fast-paced, mostly uptight populace rarely stray from black blazers and fitted clothing. But during the summer, New Yorkers put their own spin on California Cool, as shown here with this Fashionisto. Not only is he wearing the perfect East Coast summer getup, but he’s also modeling the perfect transition outfit as the summer winds down.
A lightweight cotton shirt is a piece that easily shifts from the piping hot boardwalk to the slightly cooler sidewalk. It’s light enough to wear to the beach as a cover up, but also works for our Fashionisto, who chose to wear it buttoned up with an undershirt and jeans for this unusually chilly day. Button ups are just in general a very handy essential that works great for any season and occasion. Go edgy with a red button up, like this one from American Eagle. Strong colors, especially shades of red, radiate confidence and are more autumn friendly.
Our Fashionisto’s straw fedora is another great transition piece. Popular among guys and girls alike, straw fedoras work well at the beach, in the city, on a boat outing, and like a good button up, work with every outfit! This fedora from Pacsun comes in a variety of colors, all of which are adept to many outfits.
A classic piece of summer jewelry, the shark tooth necklace can be found at pretty much every gift shop lining the Jersey Shore. Our Fashionisto wears his shark tooth on a simple black cord paired with a delicate chain. Small touches of natural accessories such as puka shell necklaces and hemp bring tiny bits of the beach to any ensemble.
Because Mexico shares a border with California, it’s not unusual to note that West Coast fashion often has touches of Hispanic prints and fabrics. As a child of Colombian parents, our Fashionisto’s backpack reminded me of the handmade bags you’d buy from the artisans that lined the streets (of which I may own too many!). In the U.S., the style dominates the surf scene, and starting in early April, the “baja” backpack and fabric become commonplace among retailers. They even sell ponchos like the ones my Abuelito would wear!
But of course, our Fashionisto gave his ensemble an East Coast twist with some oxfords that prove much better for walking, and a bit more sophisticated than sandals. They’re better suited for walking around campus on breezy autumn mornings!
Hint: All it takes is a few accessories to pull off that perfect “I refuse to admit summer’s almost over despite it almost being sweater weather” look. Don’t give in just yet! Just because you have to retire your shorts for another year, doesn’t mean you have to put everything away. Mix summery accessories with back to school basics to remember that spring break’s only a few months away!