My recent surprise trip to LA prompted me to seek help from friend, BBHB reader and LA area photographer/graphic designer Adriana Jamet, to guide me through my what-to-pack for Cali process. And she did me right, thankfully, because I hate to think if myself as a tourist walking at a snails pace dressed in shorts in 45 degree weather, pulling a map out of my fanny pack while stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to snap pics of nothing. The following guidelines are her expertise combined with what I picked up as an incognito tourist on packing for a Spring trip to LA:

Tips for Daytime Dressing in LA:

Because of proximity to the ocean, temps can vary by 5-10 degrees in cities that are within a few miles away from one another. Layering is a must. A light sweater or light jacket (nothing too structured) that can easily taken on or off will do you right.


Cargo Jacket $69.90 




Since the LA area is used to nice weather, 60 degree isn’t grounds for shorts and a tank.

Don’t forget your sunglasses! It’s generally pretty sunny out there, so they’ll help protect your peepers, and have people wondering if there’s a celeb peeking out from behind those shades.

The Original Ray Ban Wayfarer $93.00

Tom Ford Miranda ONLY $149.99

Mixing winter/summer pieces together is a must.  Scarf and casual boots. Check. Flip flops and a light sweater. Check.

Leave the dark colors at home or for nighttime. You can save them for NYC.

Novelty T-Shirt lines, like Linq and C&C California, are perfect for LA and often seen on celebs.

Pieces to pack: Lightweight scarf, fabulous sunglasses, long and short sleeve layering T’s, leather boots, skinny jeans to tuck with boots, flip flops/sandals, flared jeans to wear with flips, lightweight jacket

Daytime Look #1

Burnout Long Sleeve Top $4.50 

(Pls disregard hideous scarf/hat combo)

Michael Stars Tri-Tiered Scarf $54.00

Divine Rights of Denim Vintaged Skinny Jeans $24.80

Beaded Bracelet Set $5.80


Steve Madden Candence $99.00


Look #2

River Island Rose Print T-Shirt $39.43

River Island Pretty Multi Row Bead Stretch Bracelet Pack $17.93


Vintage Flare Jean $69.50

*Swear these look better in person 🙂

Steve Madden Serenite Cognac $50.00


If you stick to the neutral theme above, you’ll condense on packing space by mixing and matching the pieces.

Stay tuned for what to pack to rock the LA night scene.

What are the hottest trends in your city? Are there any other cities you’d like to know how to pack for? Email [email protected]