It Girls on Both Coasts Are Crazy About This One Denim Style

Ever stared at someone, trying to pinpoint what it is that makes them so chic? When it’s not as obvious as a designer slip-on, it can be hard to decipher exactly what was mixed and matched to create the covetable finish. Enter our new series, Mix Masters, dedicated to cracking the style code of our favorite It girls. We’ve teamed up with 7 for All Mankind to ensure that we address the one thing we all wear on rotation: denim. 

Okay, we love to chat about the quintessential East Coast versus West Coast style divide. But in 2017, is the sartorial distinction between New York and L.A. really what it used to be? After decades of assuming Californians own the rights to laid-back looks, New Yorkers are chilling way out—and it seems like everyone’s mastering go-to ensembles that are built around chic, elevated denim.

To investigate the bicoastal rise of polished-casual, we tapped two fashionable friends of Who What Wear who each epitomize their respective city’s signature style. Representing New York: StyleScrapbook’s Andy Torres. From L.A.: Lust for Life’s Olivia Lopez. When asked to choose their essential pieces from 7 for All Mankind, there was an immediate consensus on this season’s must-have denim, so we decided to find out where else their style intersects.

How do our fashion insiders pull off polished-casual looks—and which jeans are they coveting this season? We asked Lopez and Torres five questions about style in their adopted home cities.

video: Courtesy of 7 for All Mankind

Want more ways to wear your denim? Kat Collings, our own editor in chief, spills her signature layering secrets in another installment of Mix Masters.