What to Wear on a California Winter's Day

What do you wear on a California winter's day? The sun is shining. The breeze is a little brisk. The clouds sometimes hide Mr. Sun & his warm rays from our pale skin. Don't get me wrong California is a huge state. Northern California can actually get hella cold (that's NorCal lingo if you didn't know). I live in Southern California -- sunny San Diego -- which is basically a vacation year round. I have no concept of a true winter, but I do know how to dress for a California winter day!

Layer up & layer down - Layers are vital. Make sure you bring a cardigan, coat, jacket, leggings, pants, etc. in case it starts to get chilly. You may take it off in case the sun decides to start scorching or you can add a layer if it begins to cool off.

Tights & leggings are your friends - They are easy & comfortable to wear. You're not bogged down by heavy fabric, but you're still warm. Leggings are versatile & you can style them & layer them in an infinite amount of ways.

Always bring a jacket at night - Bring a jacket just in case. Leave it in your car. It may be in the 70s during the day, but once the sun starts to set you'll see those goosebumps come into play. You won't regret it!

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These three looks give you a range of how to style your look for a winter day in Cali. A dress with tights & flats paired with a versatile jacket can give you enough warmth during the day & keep you going at night. You may want to change into thicker leggings vs. thin tights as this point.

A comfortable yet oh so chic button up with flared jeans & wedge heels is the perfect outfit to wear to work, shopping with friends, or brunch by the beach. The flared pant with heels gives your legs a long, lean look. Who doesn't want that?

My last look is something that I rock very often which is shorts & leggings. What? That sounds weird. Well it's not. I rock them here & here. It's comfortable, easy -- the ideal California girl vibe. Wear a long sleeve & you're good to go. 

Which of these looks best suits your style? What do you wear on a winter day where you live? It's so interesting that over here it's literally 70 degrees & over in say New York, there are blizzards. :]



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  1. I absolutely adore the button up and flare jeans, I think that is very appropriate for my age. I would try the second from the left outfit but I probably will look like a mutton dressed as a lamb. LMAO!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Well, as long as you like something, Shireen. :P

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  2. Love this ideas! I was in California last winter and I love the weather there!
    Love

    Pili

    Records of my Troubles

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  3. I love that first look, especially the panda tights! I would just swap out the flats for some Doc Martens! I would really wear all three of those looks...
    I miss being able to dress like that in the winter. When I lived on the Costa del Sol for a year, their winter was similar to your winter in San Diego and I would rock jean shorts with tights/leggings underneath with some boots. Ah, those were the days. I can't complain about the winters in Buenos Aires though...while they're not in the 70s, they are nowhere near as cold as the winters I grew up with in NJ!

    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Yay! You rock leggings with shorts too!! The panda tights are from Hot Topic but you can find similar ones on eBay. :]

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  4. By the way, where are those panda tights from? xx

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  5. those panda tights are so cute! I always carry a jacket here with me in Florida because like you said, it can be hot during the day but once the sun sets... brrrrr!!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Yeah, pretty much vital with such fluctuating temperatures. :]

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  6. I really love these looks-- it makes me miss living in California!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  7. "Always bring a jacket at night" haha SO Key. so many times I have gone out in the nice warm California evening and then come home at night freezing!

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    1. Right?!! I definitely learned this the hard way. >.<

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  8. So jealous of your california winters. Those outfits are adorable!

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  9. Lovely post! And how I'd like to have Californian winter here ;-)))
    Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

    Rosa
    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Winter is different everywhere you go. :]

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  10. Great tips and a great post! I'd love a Californian winter; our winters are a bit tougher and colder and I hate it!

    WritingMonique

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    1. Take a vacation to Southern Cali! Nice & sunny today. :]

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  11. Those outfits would not always work for rainy England but under a coat they would be great! Where are those tights from I really want to get them?

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    1. I remember being in England & I was freezing. I definitely would need to layer up to survive over there. :] The tights are from Hot Topic but you can find similar ones on eBay! :]

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  12. LOVE these outfits. I wish I could wear something like this during winter, if only I didn't live in cold boring Massachusetts. Been loving reading your blog :)

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    1. Thanks for reading & commenting, Kaley Ann! :]

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  13. I love these looks! Especially the floral shorts and aqua shirt, so cute! :)
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  14. I love these outfits, the floral shorts are so cute!x

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  15. Great post. So helpful as I am travelling there in a week or so:)
    xo
    Elmira
    Http://www.wellputtogetherstylebyelmira.com

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  16. Great selection! My favorite outfit was the one with baby blue tops! Amazing <3

    xx
    Helô, from Vestido do dia

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  17. I love everything here. Lovely post http://sophialastyles.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Love this post! 3 very wearable outfits that could be for various age groups!- perfect! X

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    1. Gotta love style that translates through the ages! :]

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  19. that's such true advice. i often break these rules and forget that no matter how warm it is in the daytime, it can be awfully chilly at night. i need to leave a permanent back-up sweater in my car!! :X

    TIFFANYXOXO.COM

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    1. Exactly!!! I have a couple sweaters in my car specifically for that reason. :P

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  20. Great tips! I wish I was in California right now!
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  21. Randomly found your blog and can’t express how I like it! It was so interesting to read your posts and also I’d like to say that you have beautiful photos! I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

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  22. Amazing ideas. I wish we have winter like this here in Europe and I can wear only dress and light jacket :) Kiss, Mel
    www.livingoncloude9.com

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    1. Yeah, it doesn't work so well over there unless you want to freeze your butt off. :]

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  23. 3 great outfit ideas! I really like the middle one with the jeans, that's my favourite :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Right? I need to get some flared jeans! :]

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  24. Haha, this could also be a "what to wear on a Germany summer's day" post ^.^
    I especially love the booties in the 3rd outfit ! ♥

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  25. Ah thanks, cool style :)

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    Emma

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  26. I wish I was in Cali right now, this winter is kicking my butt lol. Love these outfit choices.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  27. Hey the outfits all look so chic! Even with the pandas!

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