The love was clear as day as Go Girl spotted Lauren and her boyfriend wandering around an open-air mall in Southern California. The duo was celebrating a much-deserved day off together, as Lauren’s job sometimes prevents her spending time with her significant other.
“I’m really laid back,” says Lauren who paired a long, brown, fringed skirt with a black printed tee, a blue and black lumberjack shirt, and flip flops. “I’m kind of hippy. If it’s comfortable, then I wear it.”
Shirt and button-up: Tilly’s
We met Merry at Top Pot writing in a notebook, sitting in the sunshine, waiting for her husband of 3 years for date night. They weren’t exactly sure of the evening’s plans, but they gave us a few minutes to talk about her style! She described her style as “classy eclectic, not crazy bohemian.” Her favorite store? Urban Outfitters, but she loves to find thrift shop awesomeness like the sweater she’s wearing here and put looks together to fit that vibe.
We asked her adorable husband how he would describe her style: “I’m the wrong guy to ask – I don’t know all the vocabulary. I just know she’s beautiful.”
Go Girl caught Veerprit while she was exploring the beach with her brother, who’s visiting San Diego from Canada. While sightseeing, she traded in casual wear for workout attire.
“We’re being active,” says Veerprit, who’s always participated in sports. “You have to be healthy to live a long life. My parents have always been active. We’ve always played sports. If we’re not active, it just feels wrong.”
Shoes: Nike Free Runners
Shirt: from the Run or Dye 5k
Meredith describes her style as “college student” – on campus it’s big sweaters, leggings, and boots for her, but when she’s not at school, she is always one to follow trends. She gets a lot of inspiration from video blogs – or “vlogs” – and her top two are Miss Glamorazzi and Makeup by Tiffany D.
“I’m excited now because it’s spring, which means brighter lipsticks. Another favorite trend is tiny winged eyeliner, which I’m still trying to get the hang of!”
Military/leather sleeved jacket: Forever 21
Skinnies & long sleeved striped tee: Eddie Bauer
Red shoes: Toms
Handbag: Steve Madden
We met Maya while hiking in San Diego. Her bright, cheerful outfit caught our eye and Go Girl just had to stop her to find out more about her style. We learned that Maya is an avid rock climber, an artist, and a student.
“My style is actually hard to explain — just kind of form meets function,” says Maya who gets inspiration from figures like Frida Kahlo, native American styles, and Pinterest. “I like vintage pieces and things that I can spontaneously go on hikes in, but are still cute. I love color. I love embroidery. I love things from different countries.”
“I just got these Birkenstocks, and I’m so excited about them. I’m actually a rock climber and all my friends on the rock climbing team have them and I was the only one without them. They’re just so comfortable.”
Scarf: Forever 21
Shirt: Thrifted from Buffalo Exchange
Shorts: Pink Zone
Bracelets: Mexico and Venice
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Angela C has picked up many fun and interesting items on her travels and in boutique stores in the Seattle area. She found this cool fringed vest in Laguna Beach, CA, and her necklaces are imported from Paris by two sisters who run a store in Dallas.
We loved her short, free hairstyle: “I used to have long hair – down to my butt, actually – and it feels good, but do you know what? Most people, especially other women, are nicer to women with short hair!”
Fringed vest, carnelian/sterling ring, belt, necklaces: Boutiques around the country
Long sleeved shirt: Nordstrom
Edgy looks and gothic trends make regular appearances in Nicole’s wardrobe, but she says regardless of her style, she always appears respectable. Her loose curls, bold heart necklace, lace dress, and knee-high socks created a girly look, and she says she likes designers like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.
“I think I try to look ladylike, but at the same time modern,” says Nicole who has an Instagram dedicated to makeup.
Necklace: Juicy Couture
Boots and dress: Forever 21
Jessie has a one-year-old and just graduated from the diaper bag to her Michael Kors bag. She wandered into the toy store after a salon appointment on orders from her husband to go do something fun and not kid-related. She just cut her hair not too long ago, from below her shoulders to this fun, punky style.
“I love it. It’s just so much easier to look put together when I’m running out the door. I can throw my hair up in a ponytail if it’s long, but it looks messy. Now I just throw in some Redken Rewind and just mess it up and go.”
Top and basic black tank: Nordstrom Rack
Belt: Forever 21
Basic leggings: Ross
Bag: Michael Kors
We found Jenny sitting outside with a friend, enjoying her afternoon in the sunshine. She says she goes for more of a classic style and then adds her own twist with fun accessories, like the ring she’s wearing: a gift from her parents, which is inscribed with her favorite bible verse. Her favorite places to shop are J. Crew and Urban Outfitters, which she says don’t automatically seem to go together, but she likes to figure out her own style that way.
“Simple is best. Find a color you look good in and work with that. There are not a lot of rules!”
Leather jacket: Marc Jacobs
Skinny jeans: Paige
Leather shoes: Sam Edelman
Tee: Vince Camuto
Handbag: Danielle Nicole
Bracelet: Urban Outfitters
Shades: Michael Kors
Isabella raided her mom’s closet when she picked our her blouse. She added subtle pops of color to her cut-off blue jeans and black and white shoes with her lime green earrings and matching headphones. Isabella said she had no trouble cutting her curly, shoulder-length locks to get her trendy hair cut. In fact, once she cuts her hair, she grows it out just to cut it again.
“Crazy, colorful,” Isabella told Go Girl when describing her personal style. “I just dress in my own type of style.”
Shirt: Dear Alice
Shoes: Styles for Less
Shorts: Cut-offs made from own jeans
Kimberly embraces two distinct styles, both very different. Her look today would fall under what she calls “girl with an edge,” but she’s often found in a more Anthropologie-style, soft, feminine ensemble. This red number is her first Diane Von Furstenberg, one of several. She says that her favorite handbag designer is Rebecca Minkoff, like the one she has with her today. And can we just talk about those killer shoes for a sec?
“As far as clothes go, I like DVF, Vince, Anthro, anything bright, colorful, different. I like to stand out.”
Red dress: Diane Von Furstenberg
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Even when she’s just out shopping, Nereyda says she like to be put together and classy. Bright pink nails and cobalt blue pants added splashes of color to her dark jacket and boots ensemble. Nereyda says she looks to various magazines for fashion ideas and sometimes lets the weather determine her style.
“It was kind of cloudy today, so I put on dark colors even though it’s spring,” she told Go Girl.
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Jacket: Forever 21
Torey says she goes for a more simple style, very minimum, with nothing too flashy. She likes nice things but doesn’t like to draw attention with her clothing. She sticks to a classic style and neutral colors.
“I’m 5’11 and bright blonde, so people are already looking at me. I stay under the radar a little bit.”
Cardigan Forever 21
Black tank: Nordstrom BP
Watch: Galaxy Samsung
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Handbag: Michael Kors
Megan was downtown shopping for bridesmaids dresses with her friend (robin’s egg blue/teal-blue chiffon, for those of you who will want to know). She says she goes through a lot of clothes, although she doesn’t have that many at one time; she likes to cycle through them, while hanging on to a few favorite pieces. She’s fond of silk vintage numbers and she looks to celebrities for style inspiration.
“I look at Beyonce, but I don’t really copy her. If I could pull off Rihanna’s look, I would for sure, especially the red lips. I would say that my staples are probably more like Jennifer Aniston’s – you know how she wears jeans and boots and a jacket with a scarf? My look’s a little edgier than hers. My staples are a t-shirt, jeans, a jacket and a scarf, a high bun and red lips.”
Jacket: Forever 21
Natology is seriously stylish in all black, but we loved the splash of color in her hair!
“My whole life inspires me; creativity and pushing the boundaries. I love Japanese silhouettes, color blocking, and mixed prints!”
Glasses: L.A. Eyeworks
Hat and Shoes: Vintage Prada
Sari was a little camera shy when Go Girl spotted her during a lunch break, but despite her timidness with the camera, her bright fuchsia, hi-low skirt screamed “Look at me!”
“I just kind of see what goes well together,” says Sari, an employee at a clothing store whose style “is different every day. I just wake up and throw on what I feel like wearing.”
Shoes: Fashion Q
Store mannequins are usually fashionable dressed, and Maria uses that to her advantage when it comes to designing her own wardrobe. Though a bit unorthodox to wear thick cotton leggings when temps in Southern California are in the high 70s, Maria says the tribal print pants are her favorite. She created a summery look by adding white flip-flops, an acid-washed vest, and nude shirt.
“I just thought it all matched,” she told Go Girl. “I love how clothes combine to become fashion.”
Leggings, vest, tube top: Dear Alice
We love smart, beautiful women! Don’t let anyone tell Larissa that you can’t be both; she’s a materials science engineer at the world’s largest aerospace company, yet she shows up for an afternoon meeting looking amazing in a stylish mix of patterns and color. She says that she started dressing up in college, when she and her roommate would wear dresses on sunny days, finding that right balance of fashion and comfort for walking around campus.
“For me, it’s a happiness thing. If I dress up, then it gets me through the rest of the day day. It improves your mood.”
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange
Coat: American Eagle
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Sarah’s sunny-day outfit incorporated tons of fashion trends, including boots paired with shorts, bright colored jeans, and a fun scarf — all while looking put together. Her ensemble also included multiple bracelets in different textures like wood, cloth, and metal.
“I always do tons of bracelets,” says Sarah, who’s a fan of blacks and neutrals. “The bracelets are so much fun and not overwhelming when worn together like that. My style is casual and cute. I like to keep things easy. I usually wear basics with a few simple accessories or a pop of color.”
Scarf and shorts: Wet Seal
T-shirt: Earthbound Trading Co.
Bracelets: Body Central
Go Girl caught this soon-to-be married mother trading in her usual sweats and jeans look for a sweet girl-next-door ensemble that included a baby pink dress with matching lipstick and sunglasses. Kareena was out with her fiance and three-year-old boy when her adorably flirty fashion caught our eye. She said she just wanted to wear something different than her casual, everyday outfits.
Kareena, who works as a hair stylist, says, ”I see girls in things, and I’ll pick different ideas from them and off TV and put my own little twist on things.”
Glasses and earrings: Charlotte Russe
Jacket and shoes: Ross
As a full-time student, Sara has a lot on her plate, but she still makes time for fashion. While grabbing a bite to eat at Subway she wore a black maxi skirt and a jean jacket over a multicolored blouse. She also embraced a trend that’s moved from hipster to mainstream — a mustache accessory.
Sara says her style is “comfy and cute” and she draws her inspiration from magazines, Tumblr, and the people around her.
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Jacket and Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: local boutique
Mustache ring: purchased online
Kandice is the owner of Spektra, a wonderful boutique cosmetics line. She lived in Alaska, where there wasn’t a lot of makeup available for a woman of color, so she started to play around with makeup and became a certified makeup artist. The Spektra line of cosmetics came about later:
“I’m a geek. I love learning about stuff. I just want to know how things are made, science-wise, so I read books and started learning! I taught myself.”
Bomber jacket: PacSun
Jeans: Wet Seal
High tops: Vans
Gray sweater: H&M
Casey’s sweet, floral-print dress paired with beige, lace-up shoes from Australian-based company Cotton On made a great, simple spring look. The full-time student told Go Girl that while most of her fashion choices come from her own style, she does look to the LA fashion industry, friends, and the internet for ideas.
“I like to think of it as kind of a classy, comfy chic,” Casey says of her style.
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Cotton On
Annesley is a stay-at-home mama with a six-month-old daughter. She credits her baby girl with exacting great, healthy changes in her life; because of her daughter’s allergies to dairy and soy, Annesley has learned to eat very clean and organic, which she says helps with everything: energy, activity level, better sleep. She says she has her daughter to thank for her new healthy lifestyle, and she now has a passion for it! Her style has changed, as well. She used to be the girl you’d always see in heels; now her style is a bit more laid-back, but she still loves to look great!
“I’m the kind of girl that will dress up, but the second I’m home, I’m in sweat pants,” she laughs.
White jean jacket: Nordstrom BP
Gray hoodie: Victoria’s Secret
Striped tee: boutique
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack