What Influences California Fashion

I had so much fun in LA! The next place I visited was San Diego. I took an Amtrak train there and it was actually really relaxing. The ride was mostly along the ocean. The weather was slightly warmer and there were plenty more tacos and sombreros. I found things to do to keep busy and exciting new places to explore. I went everywhere this trip. Last year I felt like I had only seen a glimpse of the City of Angels, this time I was able to see the city and many wonderful places around it. Here are some photos from the trip!L.A. Looking around I realized there are three things that influence fashion in California. IMG_5705 01

The Weather

The heat and sun during the day allows for fun tank tops and flare skirts,

while the chilly temperature change at night encourages the layered look. I bought a jean jacket for the night air. IMG_570602

The Beach

There are so many awesome beaches to visit in California. I visited Huntington Beach, Santa Monica, Venice Beach near L.A. I loved all three! Simply gorgeous!

Made in California

I think this is a huge influence on fashion in California. Probably the most important in my mind. Let me explain this further since clothing being made in California may change.

IMG_5756California has one of the largest manufacturing centers in the U.S. Recently, it was decided that California’s minimum wage will go up during 2022. Will this hurt the apparel industry in California?

Co-founder of Groceries Apparel, Rob Lohman, says

I’m sure some brands will decide to offshore their production, but I believe the brands that understand why they pay higher wages will find a way. Made in California is about providing living wages for humans, not higher wages as compared to third-world standards. It all depends on why your customers buy your products. If your customer base is looking for cheap and cheapest, your brand might be at risk. If they’re looking for products that are compassionate for the environment and the humans that made them, your brand will endure. There are many things I’d rather worry about than paying my employees a higher share of the returns.


Lonnie and Karen Kane, President and Chairman of California Fashion Association states,

Currently everyone we compete with manufactures offshore. We cannot afford to be less competitive and are looking to possibly manufacture in Texas or South Carolina.


I think Mark Werts, owner of American Rag put it well,

Overall, if this continues it will eliminate 15 million jobs across America….No one is smarter than the free market. Instead of voting based on being liberal or conservative, we need to use common sense.


I am really big on businesses opening up jobs in the U.S. It is really important that the consumer, THATS YOU AND ME, continues to support these businesses.

So there you have it three things that influence Californian fashion, based purely on my uneducated observation. I loved driving through the fashion district at L.A… More photos to come.


These photos were taken at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA


You have to stop by this park and look around. Make a day of it and bring a book to read. You will be inspired.

My favorite part would have to be… all of it.




All photos were taken by my bestie, Shealan Donnelly, follow her on IG @_SHEALANIMG_5846

My Two Words Are California Made

My top and skirt are both from the Urban Outfitters Surplus store and my boots are from Old Navy

An article to check out : Industry Voices

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  • Reply Rachel J Thorpe May 11, 2016 at 2:30 am

    WOW its crazy we vote for human rights in America but then we buy labor from countries who do not provide humans with rights!

    • Reply Barbi May 21, 2016 at 6:05 am

      Articles like these put the consumer in the driver seat-very imtrapont.

  • Reply Angela Reinbacher May 11, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I’m glad that some California businesses are still willing to find a place for the increased labor rather than completely outsourcing and stopping ‘Made in California.’

  • Reply Chris May 20, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Love love love this outfit!!!

  • Reply Etta May 21, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Learning a ton from these neat aretlcis.

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