Leather and Plaid

The weather has been unusual in Southern California this “winter.” Remember that rain that was supposed to cause major flooding (aka El Nino)? Yeah. Well, it didn’t come. It rained two or three times. Since March we’ve been having warm days that have been in the 70s, and a couple of days that reached the 80s. That. Is. Not. Normal.

This made for some interesting end-of-winter and early-spring fashion trends. The mornings have been cold and the afternoons have been hot-hot. So, you’ll find us Californians layering in a street-style way. We’re casually pairing shorts with leather jackets. And, we’re tying flannels around our waists…You know…Just in case it starts getting really chilly. Also, we think it makes sense to wear heeled ankle boots…You know…Just in case it starts raining, our feet won’t be getting soaked. At least in heeled ankle boots we’ll have those few inches above the puddles. I mean, we don’t want to be walking in flooded puddles, right?

I hope you sensed my sarcasm.

Okay, but on a “serious” note, this look is actually perfect for Southern California no matter what time of year it is. Layering is key, especially in Santa Barbara. With this look, it’s extremely easy to just throw on another layer without it completely mis-matching. Plaid and leather are two combinations that I love. The rustic plaid paired with the quilted leather gives an outfit an edgy vibe, which is always fun and casual.

Photography: Kristine Cramer Photography

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Top: Revolve | Shorts: Amuse Society | Flannel: everywhere | Ankle boots: Nordstrom

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