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
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.