Because the temperature rarely dips below 60 degrees, layered looks are ideal for the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Whether you are a devotee of athleisure style; torn jeans, white sneakers with a sweater or blazer and white t-shirt; or a classic 9–5 polished and unique look for work, Santa Barbara’s retailers who shop the bigger venues of L.A., New York and Europe know that the fashion industry is trend-driven and will provide you with many options for spring style.
Peppering your wardrobe with some of this season’s influences will give you a fresh take on your closet without throwing everything out that you bought last spring. Runway styles that translate well into our everyday wardrobes are where most retail stores shine with a practical, casual and cool array of options.
Brittany McKinley, stylist for Diani, looks for abstract and geometric prints in soft color palettes, blush to light fuchsia and a modern updated take on spring classics like lace and eyelet tops in edgy cuts and textures. All of these tops can be paired with a culotte jean in really washed-out light denim.
Mimi Doll at Jenni Kayne says their spring 2018 collection focuses on back-to-basic style, with clean lines and natural fabrics like cashmere, cotton and linen. Jenni Kayne also likes mixing in some classic prints like leopard, polka dots and stripes. Mostly neutrals like white, navy, oatmeal and earth tones like green and yellow will be in style, they report.
Edgy and fashion-forward Marie Ferris, owner of Montecito’s newest fashion resource Juniper, says her store has a mix of eclectic colors and prints for spring. Soft romantic slip dresses and lace continue to be in style, as well as a boyish attitude with comfy cardigans and wonderful pastels with roughed- up denim.
Rebecca McKinney, owner and buyer for Whistle Club, says her store features many items in brown tones, ditzy floral, statement earrings and an abundance of interesting iterations on the classic button-down shirt. Shoulder and sleeve interest continues, and a throw-back item that was everywhere on the spring must-have lists, the fanny pack, is also in high demand.
Other items this spring are the return of anklets, dark denim, small 90s-inspired eyewear, rubber and rousching, and statement straw hats. White suiting and white sneakers once left for the gym will be a staple in your spring wardrobe with many looks.
Fashion should reflect something for everyone, and spring in Santa Barbara provides just that.
This story was originally published in the spring 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.