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Monday, April 27, 2009

Trendspotting At LF Stores In Santa Barbara

LF Stores Santa Barbara


Ever since I can remember shopping along Santa Barbara's State Street, LF Stores has been at the top of my list for its trend-forward and inspiring merchandise. So when LF sent me these lookbook photos of their newest collection, I knew it was time to pay them a visit, chat with the ever-so-stylish employees, and see what they had in store this season.


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Rather than write out an in-depth analysis of the trends, I'll just keep it simple and list them in a way that's concise and easy to read. As I browsed the store and chatted with the girls who run it, I couldn't help but notice their enthusiasm for fashion. These ladies are some of Santa Barbara's best-dressed residents and when it comes to trends, they really know their stuff. My favorite pieces in the store were the skin-baring tie-back tanks, the perforated boots, and the YSL-esque cage heels. If money were no object, I would've easily walked out with bags and bags of merchandise, however, with a trip to NYC around the corner, I've been trying to spend less in anticipation of the shopping I plan on doing in Soho. (Coincidentally, LF has a location in Soho, so I'll have to check it out.)

Here's a summary of LF's spring/summer '09 trends:

  • oversize blazers with contrast rolled cuffs
  • denim boyfriend shorts (they recommend going up one size for the proper slouchy fit)
  • boyfriend jeans with removable suspenders
  • cropped, studded boyfriend jeans
  • sleeveless boyfriend blazers
  • graphic print tees
  • back-baring tie-back tank tops (these have a sexy T-silhouette in back)
  • gladiator sandals
  • perforated boots
  • combat boots (to be worn with slouchy socks)
  • bowler and fedora hats worn '80s-style (tilted back on the head)
  • bib necklaces
  • body chains (worn over the shoulder)
  • vintage lace necklaces
  • top hats and boater hats
  • striped, floral, gingham, and lace dresses
  • chambray tops
  • fringe vests
  • mixing different types of denim (eg. white with blue or faded with acid-washed)
  • skinny studded belts
  • large belt buckles with glossy stones
  • crop tops (to be worn with high-waisted shorts)
  • reworked vintage shirts
  • shredded denim shorts with skinny chains (attached within the shredded parts)
  • Madonna-esque bra-front dresses
  • multi-colored fringe scarves
  • laser-cut fringe tops
  • 2-fer vest+top combos
  • shoes embellished with ruffles and zippers

To better illustrate, here are some store window photos.

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