Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nor Cal Girl Trina Turk's Fall Collection!

Trina Turk is a native Californian known widely for her resort clothes with retro inspired vibe and colors. I've always loved her bold prints and beach wear that recalled cool items my mom wore in the early 1970s. So it was interesting to discover Trina Turk  grew up in a tract house in San Jose in the 1960s and 70s just as I did! There were loads of mid-century homes amid orchards then. We embraced the avocado greens, the burnt oranges, cornflower yellows and all that...Not to mention macrame owls! I really get where her inspiration comes from having lived that era out in Northern California.  I am drawn to her vibrant designs and 60s inspired bold prints.

 After seeing some fun things Trina Turk had at the Bank of the West tennis tournament pop-up, I  thought I'd like to see more of their new handbags, fall line and the home decor too. I honestly didn't know she had clothes beyond resort wear!

 Some of the goodies at the pop-up store. The candles smell heavenly and we were digging the ice buckets!

 The Trina Turk brand has been growing with the introduction of handbags and workout clothing as well as the Mr Turk line for men. Recently a few friends and I made the trip up to check out the new fall collection at the Trina boutique in the cute town of Burlingame.

Well we loved the store with it's ocean wave inspired ceiling and wood paneling. I highly recommend a trip up to darling Burlingame if you haven't been. Many little bistros and bakeries to grab lunch and wonderful shops.

The new handbag collection has great little details and are well priced too.

Right away, my friend Jeanne and I loved this Joelle dress and this collection in navy with geometrics and cutouts.

Beautifully made pieces! They really were perfect for transitioning into fall. This dress is called Savannah Lace.

This lovely dress was worn by Dana one of the sales women there. It's even cuter on.

I loved this boutique because of the wonderfully curated collection. Pieces from one group mix seamlessly with other groupings and its easy to get several unique looks with just a few different items.

Being the flower junkie I am, I of course fell hard for this Mara top look with grey and violets.

The fabric is a combination of suiting material running down the side of the trousers and the floral.

 There are coordinating pants or a full skirt as well as a dress in this print.

I am still considering this. Even just the pants would be fabulous to mix up with my wardrobe.

I actually came in to try this graphic look that caught my eye at the pop-up shop.

I loved the print, but think I would break it up instead of wearing both matching pieces.

All the fitted skirts I tried are so well crafted they really do flatter. One of the pull on fitted versions like this Ashby skirt above, could be really great for fall with a boxy sweater don't you think?

Then Jeanne and I found this dress that felt like butter and looked great on everyone...

This Harley dress is something I'd just like to have in my wardrobe. It's chic and you can dress it up or down. The combo of the fitted bottom and drapey top flatters and feels amazing on. How often can you say that about a dress? Adding mules or a bootie looks modern and I tried these cut-out mules which would look good with so much.

Oh gosh the shoes and bags !!!  The Sunset Soiree clutch with the wooden clasp above was seriously a collector piece. We also fell for the cut out Laguna mules in tan suede as well as the black I tried.

Color-blocked zip around wallets would be fun to use as a clutch purse.

They have some very lovely jewelry at the boutique as well.


I even wanted to take the salmon grasscloth wallpaper, pillows and rug home from the fitting room!

Then there was the home collection. The pillows and straw totes were so pretty.

In the end I chose something I never thought I'd buy with all the fabulous colors here ...a black sundress!

The cutouts on the hem and collar were darling and this Morena dress was so flattering....I knew I'd wear it for a long time and I needed a black summer dress.

Some of the collar details closer.

I wore my new dress to a wedding at a California vineyard about two weeks ago. It was a very hot day and it never wrinkled. It's fully lined and skims over the body. I think this would be an ideal packing piece for a warm holiday trip as well. It's also made in California as are most of the Trina Turk clothes! Love that. The quality of her clothing line is excellent.

To see more of her California homes and decorating style check out Elle Decor's Instagram Home Tour of Trina's Palm Springs home...

There's lots of fun California inspiration if you follow her Instagram account. Let me just say the Mr Turk Instagram account is um well, pretty fab too...You have to see for yourself. :D

You can also see her gorgeous mid-century Los Angeles home below, in this Elle Decor post.

Trina and her husband Jonathan Skow have been longtime collectors of vintage and she displays many of her treasures in her homes.

I also am crazy for her fabric collection for Schumacher...

 How fabulous to have a chair in one of these or more or even accent pillows? Love!

Some of the best looks from her fall collection..

If you can't get to Trina Turk near you you can visit the Trina Turk site to find the fall collection, new handbags and more!

Wonderful getting to know more about this Northern California girl! I'm hoping to add more of her lovely California made gems to my closet soon.


Photos NorthernCalStyle and Trina Turk photo and collection via Pinterest.


  1. Kim this post is so well done my dear! You know I love me some Trina Turk … I had no idea about her Nor Cal background … thank you for shedding more light on this talented designer.

    The only thing missing from this well rounded post … the fact that Trina herself reposted YOUR picture from her pop up store! She doesn't even repost very often … so that was a huge honor to you in my book!!

    Kudos for this marvelous post my friend!


    1. Tamera, Thank you so much! Your photos at her Palm Springs store is one of my favorites!

  2. What a fun shopping post! I was first introduced to Trina Turk on "What Not to Wear" and just love her chic looks. And her house! I would love that cool mid-century abode! And you are looking gorgeous as always, my dear!
    Dawn Lucy

    1. I missed her on that show! Aren't her homes amazing? Love her taste in clothing and decor!

  3. How fun! Let's meet in Burlingame one day!
    I love that printed dress on of the last ones with the swirly design. And the black sundress you chose is simply stunning. You wear black so well and the little cut-outs are sexy!
    xo, A

    1. Thanks Adrienne! You would love Burlingame I think. Great meeting spot!!

  4. You look GREAT in all that you showed us.........I especially liked the skirt with the matching top!I bought a pair of her pants which I have worn all summer.Boys are back in school and now you can play!XOXO

    1. Contessa. I think you would love so much of this line. Very you. Yippee about school. Somehow the last weeks have been nuts...I need to play!

  5. You can't go wrong with black! I would have done the same thing but I agree with La Contessa the skirt and top looked fabulous on you!!!

    1. Cindy thanks..I am hoping to go back! I'd love to add another fall piece or two...

  6. Wow I'm amazed, everything is so beautiful, from the clothes to those very French looking straw totes. Love love the big floral prints and your new black sundress is perfect and flattering, what a neckline!
    I didn't know she made her clothes in California, good for her and a giant YAY for Made in the USA.
    Thanks for taking us shopping with you :)

    1. Dani, I believe these would pass your quality test! Beautifully made for sure and yes in California!!

  7. This post was so fun to read Kim because I love Trina Turk and had no idea she grew up in San Jose and I think her styles are so fun and retro, plus really timeless. I've had a few dresses for years and like you mentioned they're really flattering. The fitted dresses look amazing on you and I want her LA back yard. :) Thanks for sharing!!


    1. Dale, she's a Nor Cal girl like us! I had no idea either until I began researching for this post. It's super you have had some of her dresses for years..Says a lot in my opinion! I love that yard!! I bet she has some fab pool parties!

  8. I like Trina Turk as well. I would say that she and Tory Burch are my favorites. Great post.

  9. You visited one of my favorite haunts! I've been a regular since TT opened a few years ago and know some of the staff who sweetly greet me and my partners in (shopping) crime when we come in. The new collection is gorgeous, and wish list is very long. I love your pics. Glad you had fun in on of my favorite little towns.

    1. Burlingame is so charming and I loved all the shops and restaurants. Seems like they have done a great job keeping it's character and old time look. Great planning I think. Wish I was closer to it. Worth the drive though. I agree the women working at Trina's shop are so nice and really made it fun. She's got a good formula there. Thanks so much for your note Julie!

  10. I have long loved her fashions and her home decor line now is wonderful . Such great colors!!