From Day to Night
SouthCoast Plaza has earned its reputation as an international shopping destination. The shopping center’s accessible location in Costa Mesa makes it easy for Anaheim visitors to get a fashion fix that will take their vacation looks from day to night. Find staple pieces that can be dressed up or down at more than 250 shops offering a mix of fast fashion and high-end designer brands.
From major department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue to ready-to-wear boutiques like J.Crew and Coach, South Coast Plaza has options for every budget, notes Shauna Jackson of Styled by SJ. For a fall day in Anaheim, she offers some top picks for apparel and accessories that can transition from a day at the ballpark to a night on the town.
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A little black dress is a wardrobe staple for any visit to Southern California. "For fall, find a sleeveless black midi that hits you a little below the knee," Jackson recommends.
A sleeveless style, like this one from Rag & Bone at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, can be a breezy look for a late-season game at Angel Stadium when layered with a denim jacket. Keep it casual yet elevated with accessories like a Gucci belt bag and Golden Goose tennis shoes.
A statement necklace can also help a dress transition from day to night. "& Other Stories is a great place for fast fashion and affordable accessories," Jackson says.
Try mixing patterns, animal prints and snakeskin, like a pair of knee-high boots in an autumn hue. The final touch for for your vacation style? Sunglasses, Jackson says. “You’re still in California — it’s still sunny when you go out for dinner!” Trade in a lighter daytime pair for a darker cat-eye, the perfect accessory for an al fresco dinner at one of Anaheim's premier restaurants.
A good pair of jeans can work for any occasion. "I love the distressed look — they’re more of a tapered cut so they’re not a wide leg or skinny," Jackson says. "It looks a little more fitted, which translates into a more tailored look that can go from day to night. Wide leg tends to be baggy and it looks sloppy, so go for something more clean and structured."
But how do you take jeans with a backpack and sneakers and then bring it to dinner? Men can also dress basic jeans up with high-end pieces like a slim-fit Theory polo and Officine Generale gray suede bomber jacket from Nordstrom. Swap out casual Nikes for a pair of leather John Varvatos boots and you'll be ready for any after-dark occasion around town.