Always the big debate in music, entertainment, food, and culture, the battle between the West and East Coasts also extends into the fashion industry. Though once considered the prime “hub” of the fashion industry, New York City in recent years has taken a back seat to Los Angeles with new designers and up-and-coming fashion labels setting up practice on the West Coast. Many new designers today are starting their lines in L.A. rather than New York since they have a better chance of gaining notice, as well as the appeal of having a celebrity wear the clothing. A few years ago after working a decade in the East Coast’s fashion world, leading stylist Rachel Zoe relocated to L.A. with the concept of merging Hollywood glamour with fashion. She along with other prominent designers have helped pave the way for the fashion industry to grow and expand across the U.S. With diversity comes creativity, as today’s fashion world encompasses the tradition and class of the East Coast along with the novelty and free spirit of the West Coast. So which style do you prefer? Take our “West Coast VS East Coast Summer Style” quiz below and find out which fashion type you fit most.
When the latest trends hit the Runway, how does the West Coast verses the East Coast handle it? This Season, Boho 70’s style was, and continues to be, a huge fashion trend. The West Coast tends to embrace the current fashion styles in creative and casual ways, utilizing fashion as a personal means of expression. The East Coast, on the other hand, gives a “nod” to current fashion trends and finds ways to incorporate the latest trends with traditional classic looks. With music festivals like Coachella and Lightning in a Bottle, the West Coast fully embraced the “Boho” look this Season, taking it to the max with gladiator sandals, floppy hats, fringe, and peasant blouses. Get your West Coast “Boho” style with Hale Bob’s “peasant Style” ivory beaded and embroidered silk washed tunic paired with Citizen’s of Humanity’s white cut-off shorts and Free People’s floppy hat. We also like Hale Bob’s beaded long sleeve black and white peasant blouse layered with Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a true “Boho” feel. If you like the “Boho” look in a more conservative style, go with the East Coast look with Hale Bob’s ivory silk drop waist tunic paired with your favorite cut-off denim shorts and comfy sneakers for all-day Summer style.
Summer office wear gets two different looks when it comes to West verses East. Though both climates tend to get hot in the Summer, each Coast handles the heat a bit differently. West Coast office wear always tends to go a bit more casual and funky than East Coasters. Get your West Coast Summer office style with a cool yet casual jersey knit “V” neck dress from Hale Bob paired with funky booties from Christian Dior. Go East Coast clean and streamlined with Hale Bob’s metallic cropped pants layered with a black satin blouse and matching black pumps from Charles David. Either way, you will dazzle your co-workers with the perfect Summer work wear style.
At home and at play, how do West Coasters verses East Coasters handle their casual Summer style? Since the weather is mild all year around and the beach is prevalent, the West Coast casual style favors flip flops, swimsuits, tunics, and beach hats. Even if you don’t live by the beach, emulate the style with Hale Bob’s floral silk crinkle tunic paired with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace skort and nude leather sandals. The East Coast leans towards sophisticated tailored casual styles in the warmest months of Summer. Get the classic “sailor” look with a striped 3/4 sleeved cotton top from Paige layered over Citizen’s of Humanity’s white denim shorts and accessorizing with a white boater hat from Luisaviaroma and leather t-strap sandals from Sam Edelman.
Cool off at the beach or pool with stylish Summer swimwear. The West Coast leans towards the Season’s hottest Summer trends when sun bathing outdoors, never missing an opportunity to stay fashionable and up-to-date. While embracing modern styles, the East Coast, however, leans towards classic trends that never go out of date. Get the West Coast style by pairing your favorite Summer swimsuit with Liberty Garden’s ivory lace skort or floral chambray lace shorts topped with Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono and floppy hat from Nordstrom. Get Khloe Kardashian’s style with a printed “East Coast” swimsuit from BitDazzle accessorized with a chic sailor hat and white leather sandals. Whether West Coast or East Coast swimwear, you’re sure to turn heads either way with this Season’s Summer style.
When work is done and it’s time to have some fun at your favorite Summer concert, which style will you turn to? West Coast favors “Boho” and 70’s style carefree looks while the East Coast embraces flowy, feminine styles suitable for a concert in the park or a show on Broadway. If you favor the West Coast, get the look with Hale Bob’s selection of maxi dresses, perfectly suited for any outdoor Summer event. We especially love the Hale Bob’s multi-colored drop waist maxi dress or the mint tie dye maxi dress. If the East Coast is more your style, try Liberty Garden’s newest black and white strapless maxi dress or the slightly more tailored black twill jumpsuit ,perfect for any nighttime Summer activities.
And finally, when it’s time to hit the town with your favorite someone, which style will you favor for “date night,” West Coast or East Coast? As we’ve mentioned, the West Coast tends to favor a more casual approach to even the more formal of occasions. You won’t see many jewels or sparkles with the West Coast girl. She lets her natural beauty shine through with just a fresh bronzed glow and a touch of lip gloss. The East Coast girl knows how to play up her assets and is always perfectly groomed, without trying too hard. Toss your hair into beachy waves, and get your West Coast city style with Hale Bob’s newest printed neoprene strapless mini dress paired with your favorite flat sandals and seashell jewelry. Go East Coast glam with Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress or mint green snake and paisley dress, perfect for wherever your date may take you.
Today’s woman has a wealth of fashion choices depending on her style and personality. There is no right or wrong when it comes to style. Feel free to express yourself through your own unique fashion and taste. When it come to fashion, you are your own designer and judge. We’ve shown you what West Coast women prefer verses East Coast, but ultimately it is you who takes charge of your own life and what makes you feel most confident. You may identify completely with one Coast or the other, or on the other hand, may feel like you are a little bit of both. Embrace who you are and what makes you unique, and remember our motto, be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.