10 NYC-Girl Outfits That Were Clearly Inspired by L.A. Girls

I recently came across a New York Times article titled Is New York Turning Into Los Angeles? It touches on everything from cuisine to wellness to style, and in a nutshell, the writer's take is that ever since the pandemic began, the New York lifestyle has become more laid-back than ever, and this has clearly translated to what people wear.

For a refresher, L.A. girls are known for their casual, fun style which can lean a bit beachy (as a reminder, here are some L.A.-girl outfits). The Southern California climate also gives them a lot more freedom when it comes to what they can wear, and it can be argued that the NYC climate is becoming milder, at least over the past year (it hasn't snowed at all this winter…). Whatever the myriad of reasons may be, New Yorkers are adopting a more relaxed way of dressing as of late, and I have the receipts to prove it.

Below, scroll through a handful of NYC-girl outfits that are giving L.A., and then shop pieces both coasts can appreciate.


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Note the white denim and the pastel Converse Chuck Taylors, two things that scream "I live near palm trees."


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The baggy elastic-waist trousers paired with the tropical-hued top would make just as much sense in Santa Monica.


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It may be cold outside, but here's a unique way to make a tennis skirt and leather jacket work.


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It's giving Cher Horowitz, fictional resident of The Valley.


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Our NYC-based editor Eliza was visiting Miami here, but she'd fit right in on the streets of Silverlake in this outfit.


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This laid-back look is comfortable enough to lounge in but polished enough to go shopping in, which is the ultimate L.A.-girl outfit criteria.


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Just right for a seaside brunch, or a walk through Brooklyn on a warm day.


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Every L.A. girl has plenty of denim in her closet, and the denim maxi skirt trend always adds an L.A. feel to an outfit—especially when paired with beachy footwear.


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Los Angeles girls don't typically shy away from color, and neither do NYC girls, as evidenced here.


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Shades of white and sporty accessories are two things you'll see a lot of in West Hollywood. These days, you'll also see a lot of it in SoHo.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.