I’m coming up on my first anniversary of living in New York City (I was in Los Angeles prior to moving here), and after experiencing all four seasons cycle through, I can say with confidence that the way women dress in these two major cities is indeed quite different. Truth to be told, I used to find the whole debate about West Coast versus East Coast sort of competitive and unnecessary, but now with this fresh perspective, I feel like I have a deeper appreciation for both.
Let it be said, however, that trying to encompass an entire metropolitan area with one sweeping style synopsis is nonsensical. After all, women who live in Silver Lake dress far differently than those beachside gals in Venice, and Brooklynites construct outfits unlike someone who lives on the Upper East Side. So how do you compare the two? For me, it’s all about the staples. How do they work a leather jacket into their getup? What type of pieces do they pair with a sundress? It all comes down to these small details that make up a larger thing we like to call personal style.
On the subject, I turned to bloggers in both cities for illustrations of this contrasting coastal style. Scroll down to see how women like Julie Sariñana and Natalie Suarez wear everything from blue jeans to bomber jackets, and find out if your vibe is more L.A. or NYC.