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Late Summer Styles in Santa Barbara

by Mary Larkin |

A few weeks ago, we put out a blog about our favorite summer styles and tips for building your summer wardrobe capsule. As this summer draws to a close, there are so many things we want to check off our bucket list…but what should we wear? August is a great time of year to explore everything the coastal California city of Santa Barbara has to offer. With weather in the mid 70s and almost no rainfall, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience both outside and inside activities.

Walking through the Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market

If you’re interested in local products, stop by the Downtown Santa Barbara Farmers Market. You’ll be visiting various booths where local farmers and other tradesman sell their goods, so you’ll want to wear something that is breathable and comfortable enough to walk in. The (UN)REAL Jean is 79% cotton, so it’s perfect for a day of strolling under the California sun. Pair them with one of our best-sellers, the Glasswing Shell and your favorite pair of cute white sneakers. Finish off the look with one of our exclusive accessories, the Lady Cap, only available at the Locals' Collective. Make sure you add the Farmers Market to your Saturday to-visit list, because you can easily find it at 119 E. Cota Street. Any other day and it’s in a different spot, so make sure to check the website before you head out.

Visiting the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

If you’re out looking for inspiration, there’s no place better than the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. What used to be the Santa Barbara post office now holds nearly 30,000 different kinds of works from every continent imaginable. For this outing we suggest wearing an outfit that won’t overtake the natural beauty of the artwork in photos. Enter, the Wingspan Dress. This black day dress is extremely versatile, has functional pockets, and is made of a fabric blend that feels like liquid love on your skin. The best part of this dress is the ability to dress it up if you happen to head down State Street for a date night out.

Taking the Sustainable Wine Tour

When you think of California, you think wine...and Santa Barbara is no exception. Founded by Brian Hope, the Sustainable Wine Tour offers a personal experience at some of the best wineries Santa Barbara has to offer. You’ll want to wear something elegant yet comfortable, like our Mariposa Dress. This smooth-fitting dress will flatter your natural curves and enhance your sophistication, making it the perfect dress to wear against a beautiful vineyard background. For an extra layer, throw on our MOBO Beauty Bomber Jacket and the Ribbon Sunhat, a new arrival exclusive to the Locals' Collective.

Strolling on State Street

Want to take a stroll through one of America’s most pedestrian-friendly downtowns? State Street is lined with fabulous shops, delicious bites, and our very own pop-up store front at the Locals' Collective, where you can find exclusive accessories that we’ve recently dropped. With so many specialty shops and world-class restaurants, you’ll want an outfit that makes you look your best. Our Winged Tunic is anything but boring and gives you the option to style it how you like. Wear it as a dress layered with our Aliferous Shirt Dress for an effortlessly chic look, or pair it with jeans for a casual laid back vibe. Whatever way you wear it, your stroll down State Street is bound to end with a handful of shopping bags.

As the days get shorter and the sun loses some of its strength, we want you to do every activity (in)style. Take that stroll down State Street sometime soon and visit us at the Locals' Collective, a pop-up shop filled with fabulous local businesses. You’ll find fashionable and functional pieces to keep you ready for anything you decide to take on. While the Locals' Collective is open until September 11th, many of our styles are bound to sell out before then. Need more information? Visit localscollective.com, @locals.collectivesb on Instagram, or any of (IN)LARKIN®’s social media. We hope to see you at 931 State Street soon!