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If you’ve ever wanted to see your favorite fashionistas on Instagram strut their stuff IRL, all you have to do is take a trip to Los Angeles. It’s the ultimate hub for easy breezy SoCal vibes: that is, clothes that are simultaneously impossibly chic and still comfortable enough to wear to bed. Admittedly, LA street style isn’t necessarily the most fashion-forward, but it’s accessible, fun and so effortlessly cool. It’s a city full of girls who have mastered the art of updating the basics in their wardrobes into outfits that you want to wear again and again. So naturally, we consulted some of our faves to help us pinpoint seven trends you should incorporate into your closet this year. 

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1. The Trend: Tie-Dye

The ’70s called, and they’re happy to share tie-dye with this decade. Beauty influencer and Summer Fridays cofounder Marianna Hewitt (@marianna_hewitt) is currently obsessing over the resurgence of the trend. “I’m loving the tie-dye trend, because you can wear it with just about any style,” she says. “There are really cute workout outfits and hoodies, or if you want to dress it up, there are great silk dresses in so many different color variations.” If you’re into the whole DIY thing, grab yourself an at-home tie-dye kit and test out your skills on old T-shirts. 

Get the Look: Urban Renewal sweatshirt ($59), Superdown dress ($66), Amor tank ($78)

2. The Trend: Puffy Sleeves

If you want to add some drama to your look without going over the top, take a cue from fashion influencer and Eggie founder Jenn Im (@imjennim). “I love finding unique ways to dress up an outfit, and puffy sleeves are it,” she says. “They radiate drama and scream fun, and give you that rush of confidence when you walk out the door.” Her tip to styling the larger sleeves is to make sure your accessories and bottom of your outfit are more minimal. Dainty necklaces or simple black booties are easy ways to complete the look without competing with it. 

Get the Look: Free People blouse ($78), Lulus dress ($59), Marc Fisher booties ($210 $105), Mejuri necklace ($250)

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Donato Sardella

3. The Trend: Menswear

Women wearing menswear-inspired pieces is nothing new, but LA girls like fashion influencer and climate activist Stephanie Shepherd (@steph_shep) are really leaning into the trend in 2020. Menswear is not only great for business casual work events, but you can also put your own spin on it for a night out—and it’ll be way more comfortable than most of the dresses you own. Shepherd likes to style her menswear by losing one piece of the suit. “[For example, I’ll lose the] shirt and just wear a cool bra under a blazer, or lose the pants and just wear an oversized men’s button-down.”

Get the Look: Song of Style Blazer ($228) & Pant ($178), Bottega Veneta Blazer ($2,980) & Pant ($1,150), See by Chloé shirt dress ($385), Topshop shirt ($68)

4. The Trend: Square-Toed Boots

Booties are always a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, but this year, LA girls like fashion influencer Allysa Molder (@thenudefox) are really embracing square-toed versions of their faves. She loves them because they go with everything, and they give outfits a little bit of edge that you don’t get from pointed- or round-toe boots. Per Molder’s recommendation, embrace two trends in one by styling your square-toed shoes with a men’s blazer on top. 

Get the Look: Public Desire boots ($60 $30), Karl Lagerfeld boots ($250 $150), Acne Studios blazer ($850)

5. The Trend: Layering Bustiers Over Shirts

If you’re looking for ways to try out new trends with pieces you already have, fashion and beauty influencer Chloe Morello (@chloemorello) suggests taking your boxy button-up shirts and cinching them up with your summer corset. “Wearing a boxy crisp shirt [by itself] isn’t flattering for my body shape, so [with this trend] I get the cinch effect from the corset and also the classic look of a white shirt,” she says. A cropped bustier enhances your waist for a more feminine look, and you can dress it up with leather pants or pair it with loose, distressed jeans for a more casual look. 

Get the Look: Retrofete bustier ($375), Everlane shirt ($98), DL1961 jeans ($209 $79)

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Michelle Madsen

6. The Trend: Animal Print Boots

Angelenos are always looking for ways to put new spins on their bootie collection, and right now animal print boots are all the rage. As fashion influencer Michelle Madsen (@michelletakeaim) says, “LA style is all about having a relaxed look with a few trendy pieces, [so] statement boots are the perfect way to show your personality and can make the simplest outfits effortless and cool.” Animal print boots work with everything from jeans to dresses, and whether you invest in an ankle- or knee-high pair, you’ll be sure to get a lot of use out of them. 

Get the Look: Steven by Steve Madden boots ($152 $90), Vince Camuto boots ($250)

7. The Trend: Periwinkle Blue

 

LA doesn’t have traditional seasons, so the ways that Angeleno wardrobes change over the course of the year are really determined by layers and color choices. Fashion influencer Rachel Richardson (@lovelyinla) is currently loving periwinkle for all of her transitional pieces between winter and spring. She loves styling it with other shades of blue for a monochromatic look or keeping it otherwise neutral with a white T-shirt and jeans. 

Get the Look: Kenneth Cole jacket ($158 $67), Project Social T-shirt ($34), Levis jeans ($98 $69)

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