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Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

How we dress can send messages not only about who we are and what we like but also where we're from. There is no singular "L.A. look," and Silver Lake isn't all beards and ironic T-shirts, either.

Still, there are certain aesthetics -- in the form of everything from accessories to hairstyles -- that seem more concentrated in certain areas. Why do we always see the same aviator shades on guys driving SUVs in Glendale or clusters of cupcake tattoos on pink-haired Culver City art tarts, for example? Is it the tipping-point effect? A subconscious monkey-see, monkey-do thing? And how does it evolve within certain places?

Here, we present some of these familiar neighborhood looks. Yes, some are stereotyped composites, but we've included a peppering of emerging trends that are moving these looks to new places.

6. Hollywood Velvet-Rope Vixen

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

Uniform: Tight, short Lycra dress that she constantly has to pull down to cover her G-string; cork platform heels; fake designer purse; neon pink mani-pedi; Mac Viva Glam Lipglass; moussed brown hair (brunette is the new blond!)

Shops at: Forever 21, H&M, Steve Madden, Santee Alley

Hangs at: Playhouse, Kress, Supperclub, Drai's

Listens to/watches: Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, Bad Girls Club, Britney, Bitch

Trending: Girlie bows, tutulike skirts, cracked-effect nail polish

Fashion philosophy: No matter how cold it is in line, sweaters and jackets are the enemy. And no one can see your cankles in a dark nightclub.

5. East L.A. Greaser/Goth

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

Uniform: Cuffed Levis; black Creepers; black T-shirt with skull motif; slicked-back hair; sleeve tattoo, including spiderweb elbow; leather cuff watch; crucifix necklace; black nail polish; Pendleton jacket; a Latina gal in a leopard-print dress on his arm

Shops at: Glory, Iguana Vintage, Target, Hot Topic (but won't admit it)

Hangs at: Little Cave, Eastside Luv, Spikes in Rosemead, Lucha Va Voom, any burlesque show

Listens to/watches: Social Distortion, the Misfits, the Cramps, the Smiths

Trending: Less Fonz, more fun with nostalgic rawk style. A blending of the usual '50s looks with '70s garage/punk gear and '80s androgyny, including more spiky stuff, tighter pants and longer hair

Fashion philosophy: As Johnny Thunders said, always dress "L.A.M.F." (Like a Mother Fucker).

4. West Hollywood Wo(man):

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

Uniform: Big wig (preferred color: platinum); plus-size pumps; sequined dress (custom-made); colored faux lashes; press-on nails; and chola-like dark lip liner/light gloss

Shops at: Sephora (for Make Up For Ever), Hollywood Wigs, Maya Shoes of Hollywood

Hangs at: Hamburger Mary's, Rage, Mickey's ... but only when she or her gal-pals are performing, of course.

Listens to/watches: Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Peaches, Glee, RuPaul's Drag Race

Trending: Realism, breast plates (molded rubber with nipples) and plastic surgery on lips and cheeks (on face and in the trunk)

Fashion philosophy: More is more.

3. Echo Park Shagster

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

Uniform: Beards are for bears (big boys), but shadows and fuzz imply "I don't care" best; retro-referencing T-shirts and tops in surfer, skateboarder or preppy style (Op, LaCoste shirts); pants cut off into Bermuda shorts; vintage white belt; street-beat black Chuck Taylor shoes; Ray-Bans with lenses punched out; script tattoo featuring words to favorite song or inspirational motto; beanie to cover up the greasy grow-out

Shops at: Origami Vinyl, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Salvation Army, legal marijuana dispensary

Hangs at: The Echo, Cha Cha Lounge, the Gold Room, Taix, Chango

Listens to/watches: Every band on the FYF Fest bill

Trending: Carry-alls of all kinds, from fanny packs (for the weed) to big manbags (to carry records or laptop for that DJ gig)

Fashion philosophy: Too cool to shampoo

2. Downtown Polysexual 'Starving' Artist

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

Uniform: Fauxhawk; guyliner; belly tee; skinny jeans; layered chains; fishnet gloves; motorcycle boots

Shops at: Skingraft, Maxfield's, Opening Ceremony, Urban Outfitters, friend's closets

Hangs at: His loft, the gym, Mustache Mondays, A Club Called Rhonda

Listens to/watches: Electro, dubstep, disco

Trending: Body and face paint, leotards

Fashion philosophy: Tough and tender, leather and lace

1. (San Fernando) Valley Glam Mama

Six L.A. Neighborhoods With the Most Distinctive Fashion Styles
Jason Levesque

Uniform: Rock and Republic jeans; babydoll top; hoop earrings; layered necklaces; wedge platforms; highlighted hair; Louis Vuitton purse; Betsey Johnson diaper bag; Bugaboo stroller or Baby Bjorn

Shops at: Whole Foods, Kitson, La La Ling, Sherman Oaks Galleria, all of Ventura Boulevard

Hangs at: Pink Cheeks (for the Playboy wax), Katsuya (sushi's low-cal), Mommy and Me yoga, play gyms

Listens to/watches: All of the Real Housewives shows

Trending: Luxe earth mother/hippie chic: feathers, braids, giant scarf-looking baby slings

Fashion philosophy: MILF-ism

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