Chic Peek: Designer-Model-Singer Anine Bing on How to Nail the California-Cool Look

How many times have you checked out another girl’s outfit and then mentally “pinned” everything she has on? Guilty as charged! So, instead of standing idly by making mental Pinterest boards, I decided to ask some women I find irresistibly chic to give me a peek into their closets.

Welcome to the world of Anine (pronounced: Ah-NEEN-na) Bing. Whether she be rocking out with her band Kill Your Darlings, modeling, being a mom, or designing her eponymous clothing and accessories line, one thing’s for sure: In just over a short year, she’s created one of the most buzzed-about fashion collections in Los Angeles. The concept behind the clothes? A group of must-have items (e.g., the perfect leather jacket, the best-fitting pair of jeans and T-shirt, the booties you can’t live without) all that give you that model off-duty look. She tells me, “The Anine Bing girl loves to travel and experience life. She’s fashion-forward without trying too hard. She loves life, music, art. She wears her lifestyle day and night.” Try the clothes—maybe you’ll just look as cool as she does!


Anine lounging in her bedroom in her own clothes

Her style: “My style is super simple with a rock bohemian twist. I love dressing in skinny jeans, a linen T-shirt, a pair of cool boots, and a leather jacket. Simple but with an edge.”


Anine in her own clothes, with her son Benjamin’s balloon

On getting dressed in the morning: “I walk into my closet and grab something quick. I have two kids and I work a lot, so I don’t have time to plan too much. I only wear my own line. All the styles go together and are easy to match, so it’s easy to pick out an outfit.”


Her closet and one of the many leather jackets from her collection

On how to wear the oh-so-perfect leather jackets she designs: “With a white T-shirt, skinny jeans, and boots. In the summertime it looks great over a cute dress with cowboy boots.”


She tells us, “Beautiful art makes me happy. This big yellow painting belonged to my husband before we met.”

When she’s not designing: “I am planning to make another record with my band Kill Your Darlings. I have not had the time since I had my kids and started my clothing line. I really miss writing songs and singing, so making a record is something I’m really looking forward to and planning to do very soon.”


Collected objects, her namesake handbag, and Kill Your Darlings CD

On music and fashion: “Music totally goes and hand in hand with my clothing style. I would say my music has the same rock bohemian feeling as my clothes have.”


Anine and her guitar

On what to expect from her collection: “I’ve always been a jeans and T-shirt girl. I love the contrast between hard and soft, pretty and rock chic. It’s all about great quality with the perfect fit.”



On the covetable shoes in her collection: “For those of you who love shoes and boots, you’ve come to the right place. All shoes are handmade here in Los Angeles, so they’re not only cool, but you can walk a mile in them without getting aching feet.”


The shoe closet, mixed with her own shoes and sneakers

Her favorite beauty products: “I really love nail polish. I do my own nails since I don’t have the time to get them done, always black or dark colors. Red is also a color I keep coming back to. I also love my rose perfume from Jo Malone.”


What her vanity looks like

On what inspires her: “I collect inspiration from life, from stylish women I see on the street, in magazines and at the various flea markets I love to take my family to during the weekends. After I put the kids to bed, I sit down with my mood boards and compile my thoughts and ideas.”


Anine with her son Benjamin

You can shop for all things Anine on her website. And watch out for this one, you’ll be happy you can say you knew her when…


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