California dreaming: 5 awesome 'souvenir' T-shirts

California dreaming: Awesome ‘souvenir’ T-shirts inspired by the coast

June 28th, 2013

(Photo courtesy of Gap)


(Photo courtesy of Old Navy)

By Brittany Anas

Haven’t had a chance to make it out to the beaches of Los Angeles for a surf and sun vacation? Yeah, you’ll want to get on that. But for those of us who are landlocked and California dreaming, we can still rock T-shirts that remind us of Surf City USA and the Cali coast.

Souvenir-looking T-shirts are a summer fave. And, they get better with age because the more your wash them and the more worn they look, the better.

We’ve surfed the Web for some of the best California-inspired shirts that, for all we know, you bought at some cool coastal shop:

Malibu: Reminds you of Barbies, yes? A pink-striped scoopneck T-shirt with white letters that spell out Malibu across the chest is loose-fitting with roll-up cuffs. Or, go for a more classic short-sleeve terry indigo sweatshirt that would look great over a swimsuit or, in the fall, over a plaid button-up. (Gap)

San Fran: Move up the coast to San Francisco with royal blue V-neck T-shirt. Orange lettering and a whimsical drawing of the Golden Gate bridge gives this tee a bit of a vintage appeal. (Old Navy).

Los Angeles: For $25, you can look like an adventurous, style-savvy, globe-trotting traveler. A simple gray T-shirt uses a heart design to circle a list of vacation destinations from London to Paris to New York City to L.A. Pair it with a black blazer and some jeans for an instantly chic outfit. (American Eagle).

A beach pier: Hollister is a so-Cal-inspired store for “dudes and Bettys.” We love this graphic navy T-shirt with a pink ice cream cone that looks like it was plucked from a tourist shop near the Santa Monica pier. (Hollister).

Manhattan Beach: A watercolor V-neck T-shirt adorned with a sparkly palm tree takes our imagination away to Manhattan Beach. Or is it more Laguna? Either way, it’s just $8 and we are ready to sport it with a pair of denim shorts and some sunnies. (Aeropostale).

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Brittany Anas is a newspaper reporter, which she says is basically like going on a professional scavenger hunt every day. She became hooked on fashion in the early 1990s when her mom sewed her a pair of MC Hammer pants and matching headband. Brittany lives in Denver, Colorado and loves spending time with her southern gentleman of a boyfriend and their pot-belly pig-gremlin mix that the rescue organization described as a “Boston Terrier.” She fancies polka dots, Detroit Pistons basketball and brunch. Brittany blogs at and Twitters from @BrittanyAnas. Find her on Pinterest or ping her on Google+.

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