Dressed For Winter In LA

soft black jacket and jeans

Even though I grouse (a lot) about our lack of a proper Autumn, it’s hard not to love Southern California in the winter. In between rainstorms we get some absolutely gorgeous clear days with mild temperatures, and the hills and open spaces turn a luscious bright green (provided we’ve had enough of the aforementioned rainstorms). I took advantage of one of those days last week, and went out exploring along Abbott-Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

Wearing: sunglasses (similar) | scarf (similar) | top (similar) | jacket
jeans (DIY raw hem) | bag | ring | shoes

dressed for winter in Southern California

I’ve had some version of a soft, easy black jacket in my wardrobe for years, and it’s one of my most-often-worn pieces. They are super for travel, and add polish to jeans and a tee. The one I’m wearing here is from last year and is on sale in size Small here. It’s very lightweight, drapes and moves beautifully.

I know the cropped or raw-edge jeans aren’t everyone’s cup of pour-over French Roast, but I really like them.

soft black jacket and leopard scarf

(I’m going to have to bring le Monsieur over to this men’s store…they had some really nice fabrics!)

This was my first outing with Tannaz, the wonderful photographer I’m working with. I think she did an amazing job! I can’t wait to share more of her photos with you.

taking a break on Abbott-Kinney

If you’re planning a visit to Los Angeles in the winter or early spring, don’t expect a lot of hot weather. While it can be warm and pleasant in the sunshine, shady spots or cloudy days can be chilly. (Yes, I know that’s relative.) Close to the coast, we often have cool afternoon breezes. Lightweight layers are key, though you may want at least one pair of open toe shoes for those warmer days.

Cuyana bag, French Kande ring

I’m really liking this Cuyana small carryall bag. It’s practical for every day use, lightweight and goes with everything.(I have no relationship with Cuyana, and this is an unsolicited opinion.) I’ve added a purse organizer to mine so I don’t have to rummage for keys or phone.

leopard scarf and sunglasses

soft black jacket and jeans for LA

All photos by Tannaz Photography.

The Easy Black Jacket, LA-Style…

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28 Comments

  1. nell
    February 6, 2017 / 4:10 am

    Wow, great photographs! Love them and how casually elegant you look!

  2. February 6, 2017 / 4:45 am

    Your photographer is terrific — the photos look natural and relaxed. Love the shot of you leaning into the shirts at the men’s store.

  3. February 6, 2017 / 4:49 am

    Great photos! The first and last are quintessential LA. And I agree on the shot of you with the men’s shirts–very natural and very chic.

  4. SoSuSam
    February 6, 2017 / 6:21 am

    What wonderful pictures. I love your sense of style: you’ve absolutely captured “casual elegance,” as @Nell said.

    As part of my ongoing effort to emulate you 😉 I bought that Cuyana bag after reading about it in your previous post. I really like it, too–but agree it needs a purse organizer. (My cell phone, in particular, does not fare well in the bag as it is now.) Is there a particular purse organizer that you’ve found works well with the bag?

    • Susan B
      February 6, 2017 / 6:29 am

      SoSuSam, thanks! The one I have is a few years old and no longer available, but I’ve also had good luck in the past with Chameleon Inserts.

      • SoSuSam
        February 6, 2017 / 7:32 am

        Ooh, I haven’t heard of them. Thanks so much for this recommendation (and, as ever, for all of the recommendations on your blog)…

  5. February 6, 2017 / 6:22 am

    Your photos do look great, Sue. Hope you had fun with your new photographer. I have a friend who is becoming quite the amateur photographer. And when she, with an embarrassed chuckle, asked me if I wanted to do some photo shoots for my blog, I was delighted. We’ll have such fun. But they’ll have to wait until Hubby and I get back from South America.

  6. Jane2
    February 6, 2017 / 6:22 am

    Photos are great! I have to say, though, that bare toes are taking “winter” to new horizons.

    • Susan B
      February 6, 2017 / 6:31 am

      Hi Jane, thanks! The day we shot these photos the afternoon temps were in the low 70’sF. 😉

      • JMS
        February 6, 2017 / 9:47 am

        My wool-socked toes sob enviously from the depths of my fleecy slippers.

        I love the honey-toned shoes with black!

  7. Cindy Culmone
    February 6, 2017 / 7:54 am

    Hi Susan…I absolutely love your style sense and thoroughly enjoy reading your blog…I too enjoy all the “pretty” things in life…thank you!

  8. February 6, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Your new photos are amazing! Congrats on hiring her. Your outfit is perfect for CA weather. I do have my eye on that tote so thanks for the heads up about the organizer.

  9. February 6, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Love these photos. Really cool one of you standing in front of the shadows of the palm trees. Looking great lady. I looked at the jacket but they only have it left in 12-14. Oh well. I’m going after the leopard printed scarf.

  10. Linda (BlueHorse...)
    February 6, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Oh dear, am I jealous of your “winter”… You new-photographer photos are fabulous! She gets you!!

    • Linda (BlueHorse...)
      February 6, 2017 / 10:46 am

      *Your* new-photographer photos

  11. RoseAG
    February 6, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    Nice job on the photos. You’re a lot more “in motion” than before.

  12. Kellee
    February 6, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    J’adore your ring! is that French Candy? Must.have.it!

  13. February 6, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    The photos are epic!! The jeans are fantastic–that raw hem drives me crazy–in the greatest way!!!!

  14. Jan
    February 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Fab photos. Love the outfit and really enjoyed this post.

  15. Kay
    February 6, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I guess it’s one of those “don’ts” left over from mother, but I can’t do open toe shoes with a jacket in winter (even in sunny California.) Your photographer has done an outstanding job, BTW.

  16. February 6, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I really like the outfits and the styling but what I appreciate most is seeing the clothes “on the move’. The lifestyle shots are great to get a sense of how the clothes move and lay during activity. Well done to you and the photographer! I love that ring!

  17. Sandra
    February 6, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Lovely photos-will add Venice to our itinerary as we travel around Southern California this month! Looks like great fun.

  18. February 7, 2017 / 12:11 am

    The photos are great! You always look elegant and at ease.

  19. February 8, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Love the photos! I’m a fan of the raw edge jeans too. Definitely my kind of outfit!

  20. February 10, 2017 / 7:21 am

    What a glorious day Susan!
    And bare toes!!! In winter?????
    Hahahahaha…They would snap off here!
    You are a lucky lady indeed.
    Although, having said that, I do love layers of wool and sheepskin and cosy boots…. hmmm…. can I please get the best of both worlds?
    A wonderful look.
    Samantha
    XXX

  21. Kelly
    February 10, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Love the action shots! They add a great new dimension to your blog. And I just need to break down and buy that ring. I obsess over it for days every time you wear it! 🙂

  22. February 12, 2017 / 12:55 am

    Oh yes, gorgeous photos. Especially the close-up of your face (your hair is holding up beautifully) with the ring in view (red lipstick is very good on you). But also the first and last photo are great.
    It is heaven for a blogger to have a good photogarpher to rely on.
    Greetje

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