East Coast West Coast Style
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The other night over dinner with friends, we discussed our individual styles and what defines each one we chose to sport. The consensus for me was easy going but preppy. East Coast with a West coast flare. While both looks are quintessentially American they are different for obvious reasons... due to geography, season and culture which typically shape the style preference and looks.
West Coast tends to lean more relaxed looks, beach, bohemian, and East coast exudes a more polished, preppy & sophisticated look. Born and raised in San Francisco I adopted a casual laid back California vibe. Rips, fringe, black, and ivory were my early on staples. After my first year of college at Notre Dame, my style began to evolve. One of the things I loved about being a student there was exposure to different cultures and styles. Students came from all over the world and US. Most of my friends were from the East Coast with sleek, navy, bright colored and simple patterned looks. I loved it. Growing up in San Francisco, then venturing to the Midwest for college I’ve found my style is somewhere in between. It's a bit hard to define and continues to evolve but last week I stopped by Baker Beach aka our version of Nantucket for some sunshine. Here is an example of how I blend the two.
Hat - East
Bow trimmed hat to offer protection from the sun. Wear to the beach with your favorite tunic for a classic, feminine (and practical) finishing touch. It's packable and keeps its shape.
Bathing Suit - West/East
Low back striped one piece with a flattering silhouette that contours the body with an elegant, deep-scooped back. The low armhole and neckline make for the perfect combination of sexy + chic.
Skirt - East
A classic A-line skirt that pairs well with a day at the beach look to a white button down + pumps for lunch/dinner.