Q&A: What to Wear in Los Angeles

May 15th, 2009

Q: A friend is graduating from law school in Los Angeles in a few weeks, and I will be spending the weekend there as well. What would you recommend to wear to the graduation ceremony, and for the rest of the weekend?

What to Wear in Los Angeles
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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: Graduation from Law School is a big accomplishment–so congratulations to your friend!  In LA, the weather will likely be hot (and depending on the size of the graduating class, the ceremony could be long).  For the ceremony itself, we’d recommend a simple dress + cardigan outfit, though you may want to switch out the floral dress for one in an edgier pattern for Los Angeles.  For the rest of your weekend in Los Angeles, here’s what you’re going to want to bring:

Tops: A cute top or two that can be dressed up or down will do the trick.  A light sweater will keep you cozy at night.

Bottoms: Jeans are a must - try grey jeans or an unusual wash for something a bit different.  You may also want to bring a pair of shorts or a skirt to keep you cool if the weather gets too warm.

Dresses: Bring the dress you’re wearing to the graduation ceremony.  If you’re really into dresses, you may also want to bring a California casual sundress (or a long maxi dress) to round out your dress wardrobe.

Outerwear:  A single lightweight jacket will suffice for the balmy Los Angeles weather.

Accessories: A pair of kitten heels for the ceremony, and either a cute pair of sandals or a pair of casual shoes will keep you comfortable through the weekend.  Add a pair of oversized sunglasses (and perhaps a hat), and you’ll be good to go.

Have a great tip about what to wear in Los Angeles? Share it with us in the comments!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathleen  |  May 15th, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Don’t forget your sunscreen if you’re prone to burning. It’s hot there.

    I graduated from two schools in LA and attended my fair share of graduations, and it was always hot! (Granted, perhaps my grad robes had something to do with it, but it was hot regardless.) Dress in layers (where the top layer is a light jacket or cardi) and you should be fine.

  • 2. PC  |  May 15th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I woudln’t just assume that it will be hot in LA. It depends a great deal on what part of town you will be in (UCLA by the coast versus USC more inland, for example), and actually time of year factors in. June is notoriously overcast (we even have a name for it, June Gloom) and not hot! Also, if you come from a place with humid summers, you will be surprised by how cool it can get at night. Jeans are a must, though, agreed on that!

  • 3. Mimi  |  May 15th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    And a hat helps, too. I can’t go outside without my wide-brimmed straw hat. Be prepared for unpredictable weather. We have what’s called “June Gloom” (and “May Gray”) where it can be chilly yet humid with foggy, wet mornings giving way to warm yet gray afternoons. (May and June have the least amount of sunshine all year!)

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