Casual Style On Hollywood Blvd.

When you think of casual style, what’s the first item that comes to mind?

 For me, the first item would be a pair of pants next, the shoe style and lastly, the top.  This is usually how I get dressed. I must first figure out which bottom I’d like to wear first. 

 

When you think of casual style, what’s the first item that comes to mind?

 For me, I must figure out which bottom I’d like to wear first. Next, I would focus on the style of shoe and lastly, the top.  This is usually how I get dressed.

Before moving to L.A., I didn’t realize how laid back and casual the style is here. I believe because of the award shows and television shows that are taped here, people automatically assume it’s full out glamour all the time and it’s not that at all.

A lot of individuals has this misconception about L.A. but you really don’t know much about it until you move here. There are a lot of stylish people here but the majority of the time you’ll see people dressed very casually, wearing a t-shirt & jeans with flats and you can’t forget a pair of sunglasses. The vibe is very mellow, free spirited and laid back, which fits perfectly with the clothing style.

Style Tip: Wearing heels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dressed up and flats don’t mean you’re dressed down.

Everyone has his or her own version of what casual style looks like, and since style is subjective, no one is ever wrong.

This is my casual style simply walking across the street on Hollywood Blvd. I’m wearing a leather crop top from H&M & a pair of high-waisted pants from Forever 21. I completed my look with nude pumps from Lola Shoetique and of course sunglasses because hey, I do live in L.A. and it completes my casual style.

What’s your casual style? Remember the Style Tip: Wearing heels doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dressed up and flats don’t mean you’re dressed down.

Always include your personal style in everything you wear. Only wear items that make you feel and look beautiful.

Photos by K. Scates.

Hair Stylez by Key

Style Snapshot: Leather Crop Top & Rings-H&M. Pants & LOVE Ring-F-21. Watch-Michael Kors, Dillards. Pumps-Lola Shoetique. Sunnies & Hanger Necklace (coming soon)-Classy Closet.

Favorite Jeans

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Every woman has a pair of favorite jeans that she loves to wear with just about everything. It’s the pair that fits her just right and highlights all her curves.  Mines are the high-waisted stretch skinny jeans from H&M.

 

Every woman has a pair of favorite jeans that she loves to wear with just about everything. It’s the pair that fits her just right and highlights all her curves.  Mines are the high-waisted stretch skinny jeans from H&M.

Usually, when I buy jeans, I have to take them to the tailor to get them altered at the bottom because I don’t like any extra slack in my jeans but, with these, they fit perfectly at the ankle. Reason number one why they’re my favorite jeans.

Another reason why I LOVE these jeans is because of the price. I caught them on sale for only $7.00 so I bought a total of 3. This color and the blue denim wash was the only two that were on sale. They didn’t come with the slits on the knees I created those myself. With the denim blue style, I have a slit and non-slit pair. I wanted to get one more in this wash since I knew I was going to slit them at the knee but these were the last pair in my size (25).

Finding the right jeans that fit your body type doesn’t have to be expensive. As long as it fits your budget and body type that’s all that matters.

Since the wash is a smoke grey color, I decided to style it with a greyish black leather and tweed blazer also from H&M. Of course, I’ll show you plenty more ways you can wear both the jeans and the blazer. It’s important to maximize your pieces simply by styling them with other wardrobe staples. I completed my look with a burgundy fedora from Classy Closet and burgundy-structured handbag from H&M.

Jeans are a must-have because you can dress them up with a blazer like I’m wearing here or dress them down with a t-shirt and sneakers. Like I always say, it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. If you’re like me and love to dress up while flying, this is a great airport look that you can also wear to dinner with friends.  Be sure to always incorporate your personal style into everything you wear. It’s what makes you, you!!! 

Read about finding your personal style here.

Style Snapshot: Blazer, Jeans, Handbags & Midi Rings-H&M. Camisole-F-21. Fedora & Sunnies-Classy Closet. Statement Necklace-Buffalo Exchange. Pumps-Lola Shoetique.

How To Style A Statement Necklace

Tip: Best way to style a statement necklace: Wear with solid colors so your necklace can make a statement. It’s your stand out accessory!

Styling black with pearls is definitely a classic and you can never go wrong with either.  Just research Coco Chanel!

 

Tip: Best way to style a statement necklace: Wear with solid colors so your necklace can make a statement. It’s your stand out accessory!

Styling black with pearls is definitely a classic and you can never go wrong with either.  Just research Coco Chanel!

 

This is a great look to wear to a holiday party because the sequin leggings scream “Heyyyyy I have arrived!!!” You can also wear this look to a creative business meeting because the cape blazer gives off a stylish business vibe. The lists of places are endless. Just make sure you own it by adding your personal style to complete the look. I wore this to church while visiting family in New Orleans but will definitely remix the blazer with a pencil skirt and add gold accessories while attending a fashion event here in Los Angeles. This is definitely a style you can wear to any type of stylish event.

I’ve always been on the fence about styling nude & black together but since I purchased these nude pumps, they’ve definitely been my go-to shoe. Therefore, I decided to give them a try with this look. After wearing this, I’m no longer on the fence about styling nude and black together but what really enhanced this style is the statement pearl and peach necklace. There’s so much power in a statement necklace. As you can see here, a statement necklace can take your look from 0 to 100! It ties everything in and gives it a complete color balance.

 

Speaking of color balance; my hair, lips, and handbag really flow and this wasn’t planned at all. This structured satchel handbag from H&M has been my go to because of the style and the color.  It’s so roomy with lots of compartments & it’s the perfect burgundy color that’s always stylish during the fall/winter seasons. Since I knew this bag was going to be in heavy rotation, I decided to purchase a lip color to match. I’m wearing Cabaret Blend by Milani. Now, on to my hair color, this wasn’t something planned at all. I was just over black hair and needed a vibrant color along with my signature haircut so I changed my hair color to burgundy and that’s how everything flowed into place. Sometimes when you know exactly what you want and don’t over think things, everything flows.

 

And to add the finishing touches, I’m wearing hot pink nails! I’m the type of woman who loves to wear random pops of color, especially on my nails. Very seldom will my nails and entire ensemble match. I enjoy stepping out of the box and not playing it safe when it comes to my personal style.

 

If you only had the cape blazer and sequin leggings to work with, how can you add your personal style to this look? How would you accessorize and what color balance would you try? Let me know under this picture on Instagram @ParisHatcher or Tweet me @ParisMHatcher. I’m excited to hear all your styling ideas!!

Style Snapshot: Cape Blazer-Classy Closet.  Black Camisole & Pearl Earrings-F-21.  Lipstick-Cabaret Blend by Milani.  Sequin Leggings-Bebe.  Pumps-Lola Shoetique.  Handbag-H&M.  Gold Watch-Michel Kors, Dillards.