What to Wear in Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Pier, California

Santa Monica Pier, California

Santa Monica Beach in May

Santa Monica Beach in May

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General Style Tips

  • Smart casual is the key here with maybe a smarter dress for a special restaurant. However for men jacket and ties are optional even in Santa Monica's fanciest restaurants.
  • Be sure to take a pashmina shawl, light jacket or cardigan, as a cool wind can spring up suddenly.
  • Ocean breezes can be cool and once the sun sets, the temperature can drop.
  • The temperature here is nearly always lower than LA itself but sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat really are essential – the rays are a lot stronger than you realise.
  • It's a good idea to dress in layers especially in the slightly cooler winter seas of December, Janury and February.
  • This is a pedestrian friendly city that is very conducive to walking - so be sure to take comfortable walking shoes. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered and it will leave plenty of room for the great handbags and shoes you'll find here.
  • Also see What to Wear in USA

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.