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8 Cali-Inspired Looks That Work Anywhere

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    No matter what part of the country you’re from, you’ve probably found yourself coveting a California girl’s beachy style. Take fashion blogger Dylana Suarez — five years ago, the SoCal native took a job as a stylist and moved herself, her blog Color Me Nana, and her bohemian aesthetic to the East Coast. Ever since, Suarez's super-wearable looks have earned her a following as impressive as her wardrobe.

    That flare for free-spirited fashion is what makes Dylana stand out among all the edgy, minimalist New York bloggers. The city allowed her to further indulge her love of thrifting, a hobby she picked up as a kid who was too tall for most of the clothes at the mall.

    But, Suarez isn’t all about the old stuff; she’s also got an eye for of-the-moment finds that embody that relaxed, eternal-summer style only a Cali girl could nail so consistently. So, we turned to the master to curate eight every-occasion outfits for the season from T.J.Maxx. Ahead, channel Suarez's breezy West Coast fashion sense without splurging on a plane ticket.


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    The Scene: Afternoon garden fete
    Her Must-Have: The colorblocked jumpsuit

    Any reason to dine and drink al fresco is a good reason. And, taking advantage of your neighbor's backyard garden calls for a free-spirited, yet polished, look that raises the bar for day-time hangs. This two-toned number is a great fake-out option if you’re a little intimidated by the idea of a onesie.

    Jumpsuit, shoes, and bag courtesy of T.J.Maxx.

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    “Silkier fabrics are better for jumpsuits — they lay nicer and look more luxurious,” says Suarez.

    For a similar jumpsuit, try:

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    The Scene: Adventuring abroad
    Her Must-Have: The polka-dot roller

    When you're cramming all your favorite wrap dresses and leather sandals in one bag and entrusting it to the airlines, you want a sturdy piece of luggage that can withstand even the harshest of baggage claims. This summer, Suarez is packing her bags for a trip to Stockholm Fashion Week and a jaunt to Berlin (we know, we know, tough life).

    Sunglasses, travel bag, suitcase, dress, jacket, and shoes courtesy of T.J.Maxx.

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    “A lot of people tie colored bandanas or hair ties to their suitcases to spot them at baggage claim, but polka dots are so much more eye-catching,” says Suarez. “Plus, you could wear your oldest leggings and baggiest hoodie, and standing next to this cute print would totally upgrade your outfit.”

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    The Scene: Jazz night at your local bar
    Her Must-Have: The starburst necklace

    Nights out that fall in that tricky place between dive bar and bottle service are always the toughest to dress for, but this mixed-textures look hits all the high notes. The sequined black mini is toned down — and classed up — with a clean, structured trench and 3-D jewelry that draws the eye.

    Bag, dress, jacket, and shoes courtesy of T.J.Maxx.