It’s undeniable: Los Angeles is known for fashion. Maybe that focus on appearance is inspired by decades of unforgettable costumes captured on screen in Hollywood movies. Or maybe the seemingly unending sunshine inspires everyone to get creative with their wardrobes.
Whatever the reason, LA locals are known for inventive looks that constantly redefine “cool”.
What’s “classic” LA style?
Just like in any big city, there’s no one LA style; outfits change from season to season, neighborhood to neighborhood, and person to person.
But if you keep your eyes open, you’ll definitely notice certain trends. Lots of Silverlake hipsters — male and female — go for statement hats and trendy denim, while sporty types around Runyon Canyon frequently opt for ‘athleisure’, even when they’re not hiking. Head downtown on a weekend, and you’ll see club-goers decked out in sleek mini dresses and sharp suit jackets.
Whatever the locale though, one accessory never goes out of style in sunny Los Angeles: a chic pair of sunglasses.
The best style is personal and original, and Los Angeles is all about celebrating originality.
But if you’re packing for LA and want some tips (or you’re looking for some sartorial inspiration to refresh your wardrobe), here are some essential LA looks you should definitely put your own spin on.
Believe it or not, it does rain sometimes in southern California, particularly during the spring. Frequent drizzles mean less smog and clearer views, but also lower temperatures.
During these months, locals reach for their trusty light layer. This might be a military-inspired jacket, a vintage cardigan, or a comfy, broken-in leather bomber — anything that wards off the (relative) chill of a California morning or evening. These types of pieces are ideal for layering, and when days fluctuate between warm sunshine and chilly showers, layering is key.
Every Angeleno has a comfortable pair of sneakers, and residents can expect to wear them a lot despite the occasional rainy day.
Your Summer wardrobe
Summer in Los Angeles is the stuff of Beach Boys hits: it’s all sun, surf, and fun. Angelenos like to keep cool as the temperatures rise, which can sometimes translate to showing more skin — tank tops, vintage tees, and jean cut offs pop up everywhere from the Sunset Strip to Santa Monica.
Not everyone follows the “less is more” philosophy when it comes to summer clothes, though. Fashionable women all over Los Angeles throw on breezy and modest maxi dresses to help beat the heat. Wide-brimmed hats complete the look and shield from the midday glare to boot.
Beachgoers usually bring a cover-up to the sand with them — or at least the non-sunburned ones do. It’s not uncommon to see people strolling the sidewalks in casual tees or dresses layered over swimsuits all summer long, especially in surfside communities like Venice.
Bust out those Fall layers
Flannel might as well be the official fabric of fall — the material and the season are a match made in fashion heaven. LA might not a particularly crisp Fall season, but residents are still inspired to pull out their favorite soft flannels and plaid shirts once autumn hits.
Angelenos never underestimate the power of a good pair of jeans, either. LA is known as the “denim capital of the world” thanks to its numerous manufacturers — including Lucky and 7 For All Mankind, to name just two — and no wardrobe here is complete without a stack of jeans in different washes and cuts.
And for the finishing touch: a sturdy pair of boots. Vegan, leather, flat-soled, or chunky heeled — boots never go out of style. They pop up everywhere in LA from September to November. Perfect for a rooftop BBQ.
While Los Angeles doesn’t have to worry about snowstorms, the weather can turn somewhat cool during the winter. It’s not uncommon to see thin-blooded locals bundling up in down jackets and oversized scarves in December and January.
This is a great time to head to the indoor gym or rooftop pool in our brand-new community in Marina Del Rey – summer will be here again before you know it.
On warmer days, you can still expect to see lots of Angelenos in comfy wool sweaters and cozy knit hats. Outsiders like to laugh at LA types shivering once the temperatures drop below 50, but the body really does adjust to that mild southern California climate — and fast.
In recent years, more adventurous fashion-plates have embraced textural outerwear like teddy jackets — those plush, cuddly, oh-so-over-the-top pieces made from fuzzy faux fur or shearling. These snuggly pieces pair perfectly with polished skinny jeans or athletic leggings for a more casual look.
Putting it all together
Between the beautiful weather, and the brands that call the city home, LA is a fashion lover’s dream come true year-round. Dive into one of the many local boutiques, and get shopping — the wardrobe possibilities are endless!