What to Wear There: Trails Café

Making the case for a cape in the woods

Trails Cafe in Griffith Park is one of my favorite places to go when I want to commune with nature and get a caffeine fix at the same time. Whenever I’m there I always end up wondering why don’t I find myself there more often. Not only do they serve snake dogs (sausage wrapped in puff pastry) and delicious coffee, although that might be my version of a menu in Heaven, but foliage—and I don’t mean just palm trees—abounds. Let’s put it this way: Trails is a great place to go when you are craving an east coast fix but can’t afford the plane ticket.

On a recent visit to the café I wore my wool cape from Lovers and Friends’ collaboration with celebrity stylist Monica Rose. Full disclosure: it was sent to me by their lovely PR team and has been my constant companion ever since. I had no idea I needed a cape so badly until I had one. A silk blouse from Nicole Miller and quilted faux leather skirt from Express went underneath. I’ve been wearing black a lot lately, maybe to commemorate the death of 2013, or perhaps to combat all the parties and merriment of last month.

I rounded out the outfit with some high-heeled, patent leather Mary Jane’s I found on sale at Macy’s. (Hey, if you’re taking a Saturday stroll down 3rd street you may as well keep going till you hit the Beverly Center. The shoe section at the Macy’s there is unexpectedly tight.) Such a dramatic look might seem out of place in Griffith Park and it very well may be, but why not stand out? I’m a big believer in dressing not for the occasion but for what feels good to you in the moment. That’s how to develop personal style. Be the girl who wears a cape and a red lip to grab coffee in L.A.’s wilderness. I guarantee it will make the day feel more special. Plus, you never know who you might run into.

Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.