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.