I Just Moved From New York to L.A. and Already Dress So Differently—Here’s How

Like lots of people final yr, my life was fully uprooted within the midst of the pandemic. Not solely did I land a brand new job in Los Angeles, however I additionally took on a transfer throughout the nation from Brooklyn to a metropolis I had barely been to earlier than. Transferring to L.A. had all the time been on my bucket record, however there’s nothing like a lockdown to make you notice how invaluable house and easy accessibility to the outside may be. So after promoting or donating each piece of furnishings I personal, I made the trek from New York Metropolis to the West Coast. I rapidly realized just a few issues: Umbrellas and heavy boots are out of date, and it is virtually all the time chilly after darkish irrespective of how heat it’s throughout the day. That meant modifying out a ton of my winter boots and coats and adopting versatile items that may stand up to the every day oscillation between blaring solar and funky nights. Through the technique of settling into my new metropolis (I’ve all the time been an East Coast woman), I had much more wardrobe epiphanies that lead me to fully reconfigure my closet. Little doubt, the pandemic performed a task in just a few of those adjustments, however the cultural shift from hyperactive city life to relaxed West Coast life was the most important issue. To see the entire swaps and adjustments I’ve made whereas adapting to my new way of life, maintain scrolling. 

It actually hurts to say this, however my present blazer assortment would not get a lot play prefer it used to. There virtually wasn’t a day the place I would not put on one as a New Yorker, however after transferring to L.A., I’ve opted for languid layers that really feel much less structural and stuffy. The right illustration? An enormous button-down that features as a pseudo-jacket in addition to a press release piece with shiny steel jewellery. The oversize shirt additionally occurs to be an enormous development proper now, so I have been procuring them in every kind of patterns and colours.

It could appear a bit counterintuitive to be so into sneakers after transferring from the pedestrian paradise that’s New York Metropolis, however belief me after I say that Los Angeles is all about being snug and low-key. Heeled boots and sandals have been a significant a part of my every day uniform working as style editor in New York, however throughout the few instances I’ve worn them out in L.A., they felt misplaced amid the informal vibe. In fact, I nonetheless convey out my towering stilettos for fancy events, however it needs to be actually value it.

Even earlier than the pandemic, Angelenos have been well-known embracers of the ability sweatsuit. It did not take lengthy for me to take heed and undertake it for myself. Whereas I am an individual who likes to decorate a bit extra formally than most on the day-to-day (suppose elevated equipment and upgraded fundamentals), even I could not resist the convenience of throwing on a snug pair of sweatpants when operating to seize a espresso or to the farmer’s market.

Store the matching Chambray Blue Remulti Hoody ($121).

Store the matching Loopback Sweatshorts ($68).

Store the matching Emblem Sweater ($210).

There is a science to sporting a gown in New York: It should not be so brief that you just’re continuously tugging at all of it day whereas out and about, but it needs to be versatile sufficient to go from the workplace to after-work drinks or something in between. Midi gown will all the time have prime actual property in my closet, however the kinds I gravitate towards now are lighter and breezier and are often some form of cheery print or colour. The West Coast method is all about wanting such as you’re about to go to an informal backyard social gathering (minus the tiny finger sandwiches).

There is a good cause why so many nice denim manufacturers come out of California—it is a vital a part of the sartorial DNA. Evidently, individuals take it fairly critically. Whether or not it is a denim jacket or denims, my assortment has undoubtedly expanded since my arrival on the West Coast. For the reason that L.A. crowd eschews darker colours, it is no shock that mild and mid-blue classic washes reign supreme. Paired with a white tee and assertion sun shades, it is the best outfit for walks to the seashore or across the metropolis.

I am no stranger to a press release prime, and it is one among my former New York fashion staples that I’ve tailored since touchdown in L.A. Earlier than, excessive necklines, polished collars, and smooth knit bodysuits match that definition, however now, ethereal blouses with fascinating cutouts are my prime precedence. A superb body of reference can be the milkmaid prime—however with a splash of ’70s fashion and in an array of pastel colours.

Even after I wished to, I could not actually bounce on the tiny-bag development as a New Yorker. It is extremely impractical when, at any given second, you are carrying a full pockets, keys, further change, hand sanitizer, and an umbrella. If you happen to’re planning for a time out and about across the metropolis, you can too neglect it since accumulating gadgets throughout the day is a given. Proper now, my automobile has turn out to be my holder of non-public gadgets, so I can confidently carry a tiny bag with out worry of lacking one thing. Even after I’m on foot in L.A., I carry a lot lower than I used to as an East Coast metropolis woman.

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