This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All opinions and content are my own.
California definitely has a reputation for being laid-back, and that’s often true (except in rush hour traffic, and then all bets are off). Our California style is easy and unfussy, and the biggest sartorial sin is looking like you tried too hard.
However California is also home to some of the hardest-working and most innovative people and businesses in the world. But the common denominator of California style, a certain uncomplicated ease, holds sway in the workplace as well.
“Business Casual” was born here, but at times can feel as complicated as rocket science (or nano-technology) to decode. It doesn’t have to be. Think simple, a mix of soft and structured pieces, and a coordinated but not over-thought or over-styled approach to outfits. You’ll rarely go wrong with that formula.
Vince apparel exemplifies that California aesthetic: uncomplicated but hard-working, simple but inherently functional. The lines are clean; there isn’t a lot of frippery or superfluous detailing. The pieces I’ve tried on are well-made and the fabrics of very good quality.
I have a few Vince pieces in my wardrobe: those “Strapping” stretch wool trousers shown above (which are so beautifully made and that I absolutely adore), a leather scuba jacket similar in style to this one, and I’ve recently added a pair of the Blair slip-on sneakers (black, natch) to my shoe collection (will show them here soon). Nordstrom is a fabulous place to shop for Vince clothing and shoes, with the free shipping and returns, and extensive selection of styles. They’ll hem full-priced pants at no charge, and I’ve always found the sales staff to be very knowledgeable about the products and fit. Call the customer service line if you have questions about any online items; they are very friendly and helpful.
Is there a particular style aesthetic where you live? Does it sync up with your own style, or do you do your own thing?
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