Street Style: NYC vs. LA

April 5th, 2014

The style in LA & NYC is completely different. New York is sharp, urban and professional. LA is laidback, casual and bohemian. We have a team in both cities, and try our best to document the style as we see it.

To be fair; in NYC Wes was roaming around the streets of Soho, while in LA Alex was shooting at the Melrose Flea Market (where he occasionally sells his antler art). Therefore, it’s not a fair pool of people to make sweeping claims about either city’s style.

Nevertheless, comparing Street Style shows the different cultures quite well and offers an interesting discussion about fashion in different contexts.

New York City

1. Student Fresh


This young gun knows that a stunner varsity like this (gold, purple, and green?!) should be worn with simple basics – like a white oxford, slim raw denim, and neutral leather sneaks. Extra points for going with name: “Babe”.

2. Three-Piece, No Suit


Firstly, the Detroit fitted hits close to home. But aside from that, this is one of my favorite looks we’ve ever shot for Street Style. I can’t necessarily explain why, and I would never wear it, but this guy’s got style. Sir, if you see this, please email us!

3. Italian-American Psycho 


Love the aggressive lapels on this banker stripe DB power suit. How to make your dark navy (or grey) suit more Spring friendly: pale pink shirt, plaid cotton tie, light suede loafers.

4. Rebel Chic


Awesome leather jacket – perfect slim fit on a slim guy. The angled side-part is kinda rad too. We’ve spoken about the “air tie” (buttoned shirt) trend, but another micro-trend we’ve been seeing lately is the sweater waist-wrap. Very 90’s.

5. Take Ivy 2014


The tapered hem/jean roll/thick sock/penny loafer combo instantly transports this look back to the Ivy League in the 1960s. Circa Take Ivy. It also makes me notice his clean cropped haircut, and buttoned-up oxford shirt. Crazy how how one element (like a pant roll) can change a whole look.

6. Long Hair Don’t Care


Comfortable, laidback, chillin. And looking cool doing it.

7. The Most Interesting Man in the World


Well-worn waxed Barbour, denim jacket, faded polo (with tipped collar, buttoned all the way up), heavy canvas olive jeans, rugged waking boots…and that incredible bulldog!? He is, the most interesting man in the world. Wonder what it says on that collar pin.


Los Angeles

1. Urban Cowboy


The Wild West is alive. We often see Country Western and Cowboy influences in LA style. This handsome gent’s casual look, for example, includes a great felt hat, bib-front band collar shirt, workwear trousers, country belt, and sturdy riding boots. Nicely played.

2. MC Breezy Linens


Less layering means an emphasis on seasonally appropriate fabrics and the right accessories to finish the look. This guy knows the deal. Very smooth, player.

3. All in the Accessories 


Love the interesting neckwear here, and those sharp boots. Also, what an important difference grooming can make as well… The goatee style strikes me as very European, and somehow makes me think differently about his outfit…

4. Quali-Tee


There’s the sweater-wrap move again, this time on the West Coast. This is another great example of the emphasis on accessories and grooming – with the glasses, hat, and beard.

 5. Professional Work Attire


This guy sure looks like he can handcraft you one hell of a something. I don’t know what I like the most about this look, the fur felt hat, the chambray shacket, or the selvedge apron.

6. Western RockStar Chic


I’m really feeling the jewelry here. Especially the bolo and necklace on that subtle graphic print scarf. West coast guys definitely have better – more natural – handle on man jewelry.

7. Brothers in Arms


Mixing the Western country vibe with the urban rebel vibe. I love the middle ground these guys live-in.




What do you think? Are you more NYC chic or LA Bohemian?



Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


Photography by Westley Dimagiba (NYC) & Alex Crawford (LA).