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The Bourgeois Chiaroscuro

By Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa

What is a Bourgeois Chiaroscuro? Bourgeois are people who love labels and chiaroscuro is an effect of contrasted light and shadow. Our styles in the OC consist of playing in the sun or staying posted in the shadows.

The trendy folks of Orange County take their own twist on the current 60s and 90s influenced comebacks. We see boho girls in their free-spirited 60s dresses and blouses, or guys in flannels and cardigans with basic tees. We also have the darker alt fashions of the 90s covered. Being beach city people, we can’t just pick up any flannel and wrap it around our waists—we want a classic J. Crew button-up version!

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

Our very own Dez Messier, Marisa Torres, and Layne Cherryhomes represent our light, boho, and beachside fashion people. Dez is in a Free People blouse over a Free People dress paired with cute Minnetonka Moccasins. Layne has a Brixton hat, Active cords, a Koto Urban Outfitters button-up, and a vintage sweater and belt. Marisa is in turquoise jewelry from Urban Outfitters, Steve Madden sandals, Free People patchwork denim, a Free People tank top, and a local favorite Brandy Melville sweater. These brands and styles are representative of the light and airy 60s inspired beach folk that live in our area—they love these summer styles!

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange

Also from Buffalo Exchange Costa Mesa, our Charles Castillo and Kirsten Santillan dress a little darker similar to our alternative and sometimes UNIF-loving locals. Charlie has a soft gray Civillianaire long sleeve tee, with his homemade wire wrapped amethyst necklace, his favorite J. Crew button-up around his waist, Tod’s oxfords, and dark John Varvatos denim. Kirsten wears a top bun with another stone wrapped as a necklace, Franco Sarto boots, a leather revamped studded vest, and an AllSaints sweater tee layered over a Bloomingdale’s blouse. These two who prefer to play in the shadows, are the alternative 90s inspired OC locals, transition-ready from summer to fall. We will certainly be seeing more classic darker colored plaids, leather (and pleather), and lots of chunky sweaters perfect for layering this fall!

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