Here are fashions I photographed while visiting Balboa Island and other ocean resorts in California last week.
Swimsuits on display in the windows would require a model’s figure. I didn’t see anyone wearing suits this skimpy.
Embroidered and applique clothing is everywhere. Ethnic clothing is back, but with a rich look. Smocking with embroidered flowers show up on the little girl’s dress, above.
I saw large red roses on a white jacket, which was really beautiful. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture of it.
The clothing is casual; torn jeans are still in. Beat up overalls with sequins and a sequined hat was a bit different.
Loose patterned pants were everywhere.
Lots of bright colors. Huge printed flowers in vivid colors.
Dresses are casual, but sometimes surprisingly sophisticated with ruffled cuffs and ruffled asymmetrical hems.
Shoes are open and also casual. Note the shoes worn by teenage boys attending a homecoming event.
This group’s young women wore short gowns. Another homecoming group’s young women wore long gowns to the floor.
© Laurel Hoffmann, 2018