While enjoying some sunshine with a friend, Shaffon wore jean shorts, a purple tank top, and rainbow-colored flip-flops. The self-proclaimed shopaholic says when she finds something she likes, she doesn’t hesitate to buy it. In fact, she liked her sandals so much she got them in three different colors. To carry her lunch and drink to the beach, Shaffon used a bright orange bag from Urban Outfitters.
“My style right now is mostly basics with some cute accents,” the Anaheim native told Go Girl. “It’s a little simple. I’m more of a Forever 21 person. I love the fashion.”
We spotted one of our favorite baristas looking amazing out of her green apron! She explained that she is in love with all things fashion – from hip-hop style icons like Rihanna and Beyonce, to a punk rock or a rock & roll vibe, to her long-time love of 70s-inspired looks. We love that everything she’s wearing fits her perfectly and makes her look fresh and stunning!
“Super dressed up, rock & roll, high waisted pants, skinny jeans, ripped jeans, leggings, heels, sneakers. I like it all – it depends on how I feel. I just like variety!”
We spotted Vanessa in the back corner window of a favorite coffee shop, catching up on work before heading to gym class after a busy errand day. She prefers a casual style, but since she works from home, she makes it a point to get out of her yoga pants and make an effort to look good.
“I used to work office jobs and wore business casual or suits, so now that I work from home, I prefer a more casual style. I make it a point to dress up more when meeting friends for dinner or drinks.”
Jana doesn’t succumb to the nerdy female stereotype sometimes projected onto women who work in the science fields. And while Go Girl loves a good nerd-inspired look (over-sized glasses, anyone?), Jana, who works in a Southern California lab, has a look that’s more cute than quirky. She was wearing a soft, sea-foam green and yellow dress, a beige cardigan, and tan flats while shopping with her sister. She told us that her style inspiration comes from within, not magazines or television.
When asked what she’d call it if she had to put a name on her fashion, Jana said, “Random!”
Aimee’s military-inspired green jacket and brown knee-high boots gave her a bit of a safari feel, but it was her multicolored suede bucket bag in a fun tribal print that drew our eye from across the street.
She told Go Girl that she’s a huge fan of prints, and with neutral, solid colors in her jacket, dark jeans, and boots, her beaded, cross-body bag stood out as her statement piece.
We did a double take when we saw Christina walking past a row of stores. From afar, it appeared that she had taken a black marker and had written all over her legs. A second look showed that she was wearing gold Ouija Board-printed leggings from Australian company Black Milk Clothing.
“I’m obsessed with them,” Christina told Go Girl. “They have a huge following.”
“I wear leggings a lot — and they’re all like crazy patterns — with big baggy sweaters over them. They’re really, really comfortable. I’ve got peacock feathered ones and ones with the periodic table on them. They’re unique and comfortable.”
We were also fascinated by Christina’s earrings, which she told us she made using vintage buttons from an antique shop glued onto wooden gauges.
Julia was out shopping with her sister wearing an adorable floral-print dress with a cross-body bag and black ankle boots that she got on sale. To keep the chill at bay, she opted for a cozy cream sweater from UK-based Primark rather than a jacket.
The full-time student says she borrows more clothes from her mother than her sister, which tells us a little something about her mom’s style. Julia told Go Girl that her outfits tends to be “cute and comfortable.” We think she nailed it.
Most days, you’ll find this pretty lady wearing work boots and jeans and driving a semi – a 379 Peterbilt Flatbed – but when she isn’t working on a warm spring day, she says a typical outfit would be a dress and something like these delicate gold sandals. She just did a volunteer fashion show to raise money for a hospital camp, and wore a top in the same coral color; it’s a favorite this spring.
“My favorite thing to wear is white jeans shorts, sandals, a brown belt, and something cute on top,” she explains.
Michelle casually leaned against a railing while waiting for some friends at a mall. She had just done a bit of shopping while wearing beige peep-toe pumps, a flirty ruffled skirt, a white ribbed tank top, and a navy cardigan and scarf. A wide, dark brown belt helped break up the navy and white.
Michelle, who draws inspiration “from people all around us,” told Go Girl that it’s important to be comfortable and relaxed, but to always remember to wear clothing that compliments your skin tone.
Tracie was running to pick up her kids, but she gave Go Girl a few minutes of her time. We loved her white jeans and the fresh pop of pink in her Big Buddha Bag. She said she found the jeans on Pinterest and just had to have them – they’re so soft, she says, and she loves the zippers. The pink sunglasses are a funny story:
“I’m the Sally Jessie Raphael of sunglasses. Remember? She always had the red glasses? I’m the pink version; I’ve had these for a long time!”
Sheena struck us as a no-nonsense sort of woman with a very strong sense of her personal style. Her outfit was minimal, and she wore barely-there makeup and no jewelry, though she did say that when her waist-length hair is up, you’ll usually find her wearing earrings.
Alexandra decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery while waiting for mechanics to change the tire on her car. She sported a casually comfortable look in wide-leg, striped cotton pants, a Coachella t-shirt, and a cozy knit sweater as she killed time.
“I really don’t have a style,” says Alexandra, who gets most of her inspiration from her friends’ closets. “It’s really just whatever I wake up and wear.”
From her funky hair to her numerous tattoos to her multi-colored toe nails, Lyndsey’s personal style is so intense that it bursts from every part of her. The full-time mom and part-time Bath & Body Works employee showcases her favorite colors — hot pink and purple — proudly in her hair and eye makeup. She also flaunted two matching week-old tattoos of pink bows with blue hearts on the backs of her calves.
“I love tattoos,” says Lyndsey, who said her style and personality are “definitely colorful, fun, creative. I try to be somewhat edgy, but girly. I’m big-time girly. I love my hair. It makes me happy. I like to match my makeup to my hair.”
We actually do admit to chasing Sami down in the parking lot as she was getting into her car! We had to talk about her pretty, sunny blonde curls. She told us she was headed to meet a date, so she wanted to dress cute but still keep it casual. She’s a hairdresser; she recently cut her long hair into a pixie style when a coworker convinced her that she has a perfect face for short hair (we agree!).
“Less is more,” she says. “The beachy, on-the-go look is super popular. It’s all about the short haircuts, definitely. It’s all about the wash-and-go!”
We caught up with Kaylie having coffee with a friend. She dressed up today because she knew it was going to be nice out! She’s a college soccer player, so she says she’s typically the more girly one of her friends!
“I love wearing maxi dresses in the spring, because it’s so easy to put on and look cute. I don’t always dress up. It just depends on the day and my mood.”
Chances are good that if you run into Paige, she’ll be wearing a piece of turquoise. She told Go Girl that her mother brings her turquoise jewelry from all over the country. Her necklace, she says, is from a store in Lake Arrowhead about two hours north of San Diego.
Paige says she used to look at a lot of blogs for her style inspiration but now, “it’s kind of nice just to do my own thing.”
“I like to wear baggy clothes. That’s all I like to wear. It’s not that I’m uncomfortable with my body, it’s just that I like the way it looks. I’ve got smaller legs, so doing baggier on top is what I feel most comfortable in.”
While strolling through Ocean Beach, Go Girl heard so much about Dreamgirls boutique that we just had to stop in and check it out for ourselves. While there, we ran into Audrey, who was wearing some super cute floral shorts paired with an electric blue knit shirt and ankle boots.
“I try to dress for comfort because I work long days,” the Dreamgirls employee told Go Girl. “Fashion is something that is just fun and something that makes you unique.”
Taking a break between her two jobs, Allia explains that she adapts her style to fit her changing environment. At one job, her look needs to be fresh and stylish and fun; at the other, she wears jeans and a white shirt. Her outfit was adapted today by adding a flannel over the top and a pair of simple silver hoop earrings. She loves to mix thrift store finds with new pieces to create her particular pretty, fresh look.
“Thrift stores are the best,” she confided.
Spunky, creative, and with an easy laugh, Amanda worked as a tattoo artist and a makeup artist while working toward a contemporary literature and creative writing degree. Her tattoo is a result of her senior dissertation, which quotes Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. With that, and the style of the retail shop she’s working in, you’d expect her to have an edgier look, maybe featuring a lot of black, but she says she sticks to softer colors, flowy fabrics, and a more Bohemian vibe.
She changes her style to suit the atmosphere of the store she works in, though. “It’s nice to explore, to get into different realms of fashion,” she told Go Girl.
Jaimie fit in perfectly with the laid-back scene at Ocean Beach as she rode her Beach Cruiser around while wearing shades, a handmade beanie, and flip-flops — which come with a back story. While in Brazil, Jaimie lost her sandals, but as fate would have it, she found a pair of bright yellow flip-flops looking for an owner.
When Go Girl asked her to describe her style, the answer came as no surprise. “It’s comfortable, always,” Jaimie says. “It has to be, because if not, then I’m upset the whole time. I just don’t feel like I look good if I’m not comfortable. I’m a very active person, so it’s got to be comfortable.”
Handmade beanie and bike: Borrowed from her cousin
We love a company, much like Go Girl, that has a great vision and a mission! When Makayla told us about her bag, made by Better Life Bags, we were so excited. The company offers exceptionally cool design-your-own handbags and accessories, while hiring women who cannot otherwise find work, teaching them a craft. They’re so cute, too! We want one!
“I love my bag, which I found on Pinterest. I chose the leather, the pretty striped inside, and check out the floral print!”
Carlynnea says her look is all about balance. She looks for a statement piece and makes sure any accessories are a little more toned down. Her full-length, leopard-print dress was paired with simple sandals and she chose to forgo any jewelry.
“I love the prints,” says Carlynnea, who noted that because she did a smoky eye, she decided on pale, dewy lips and simple foundation. “I love more out-there clothing.”
Essence was on her way to have a beach picnic, complete with fresh squash and sandwiches, when Go Girl ran into her and her boyfriend Joe. A former high school cheerleader, Essence credits running, the gym, and hiking as the reasons she’s able to wear the same pair or shorts she wore in the 8th grade.
“We made it a point when we got together to just be active with each other,” says the journalism major, who wore a denim-colored, button-up chambray shirt, dark khaki shorts, and brown knee-high boots. “I’m making it a point to try to eat healthy.”
Quickest interview ever! Alicia was more than happy to share her style tips, but little Kennedy had other plans! Mom looked amazing – that striped lululemon Vinyasa scarf caught our eye – and she explained that it’s a statement piece, but comfortable and versatile, as well, which is perfect for her style.