Between the perpetual warm weather, the gorgeous scenery, and the inspiring mix of personalities, Los Angeles is a natural setting for some of the country’s most stylish people. West Coast fashion has developed its own eclectic vibe—clothing that’s comfortable, casual, and decidedly cool—which is why we’re thrilled to present our latest Most Stylish list, Los Angeles edition.
We teamed up with the talented bi-coastal photography duo Prince & Jacob to capture the very best of the West Coast fashion scene. Between designers, bloggers, models, legendary billionaires, businessmen, and Instagram stars, we’ve combed the city for charismatic personalities, unique talents, and—obviously—unbelievable style.
Most Stylish LA List
Tasya Van Ree, Photographer
Hawaii native Tasya Van Ree is a photographer and fine artist, mostly known for her black and white photographs of celebrities such as Michelle Rodriguez, Matt Dallas, and her ex-girlfriend Amber Heard—who she also credits as her muse. With wardrobe staples that consist of androgynous jackets, vintage separates, and an impressive collection of hats, her style is an on-point blend of feminine and masculine. Her latest purchase? The Christian Louboutin lace-up stud spiked oxfords you see here.
Follow her on Instagram @tasyavanree
Gillian Rose Kern and Laura Hall, Founders, For Love and Lemons
Designers and best friends Gillian Rose Kern and Laura Hall are the creative forces behind For Love and Lemons, a line best known for custom-made lace creations beloved by stars like Jenner sisters, Jamie King, and Ariana Grande. Authenticity and genuine love for what they do is what's gotten them to where they are. “We had our first fashion show in a ski bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming," they told us. "Pizza, beer, snow, guys in ski clothes was the atmosphere, but we didn’t care. We wanted to show the collection that we were so proud of.”
Follow them on Instagram @forloveandlemons.
Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez , hair gurus
If you're on Instagram, you've probably seen the work of hairstylist Anh Co Tran and his partner, colorist Johnny Ramirez. Characterized by loose, messy waves and perfectly imperfect highlights, the pair has swiftly become the go-to for the fashion crowd, celebrities, and real women looking for easy, effortless, "lived in" hair. Although most of their time is spent working at their L.A. outpost Ramirez Tran Salon, they often venture to various U.S. cities to meet the insanely high demand for their services—which are always capped off by an "after" photo on Instagram.
As for why they think Los Angeles is an ideal destination for their business, Ramirez says it's all about the weather “With an average of more than 280 sunny days a year, I tend to see people experiment more with color and trends.”
Follow their hair adventures on Instagram @johnnyramirez1 and @anhcotran.
Blanda Eggenschwiler, model, artist, designer
This Swiss beauty is redefining what it means to be a triple threat: Despite having once been linked to Joe Jonas, Blanda’s resume speaks for itself. The former model, graphic artist and clothing designer has broken her way into the art and fashion industry with career moves that include Art Director for The New York Times and Vogue collaborator. The thing she loves most about the city's style? “Each area of L.A. has their own kind of unique style. People in Silverlake dress very distinctly different than people in West Hollywood.”
Follow her on Instagram @blahblahblanda.
Annabelle Fleur, fashion blogger and designer
Fleur's love affair with fashion kicked off by working with Hollywood designer Elisa Ferare, which prompted her to start her own fashion blog, VivaLuxury. Her sophisticated, feminine style has captured the attention of more than a few fashion fans: She's currently got over 200,000 followers on Instagram. While her real passion in style, Fleur admits she enjoys spending time in the kitchen, as well. “I love to cook! I'm not particularly great at it, but I find the actual process very relaxing. I prefer to improvise and choose ingredients as I go. Most of the time, the results are pretty good!”
Follow her on Instagram @vivaluxuryblog.
Andrew Weitz, Style consultant
Previously a talent agent for William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Andrew Weitz left the agency to pursue his passion for fashion by creating his own style consultancy firm, The Weitz Effect. He dedicates his time to helping male clients in various professional fields identify and express their unique sense of personal fashion. To him, L.A. style is “at times, conservative depending on your field of business. But, definitely relaxed, casual, and hip.”
Follow him on Instagram @theweitzeffect
Janie Bryant, costume designer
Janie Bryant’s work as the costume designer for AMC’s "Mad Men" hasn't only made her a household name, but also spawned a fashion frenzy for all things 1950s and 60's. A master within her industry, Bryant has won awards for her work on both "Mad Men" and "Deadwood," and has even taken her design skills to consumers, collaborating with Banana Republic. To her, L.A. style is "dependent upon your neighborhood! If you live in Echo Park or Silverlake it's definitely hipster. If you live in Beverly Hills, the style is dressier and more glamorous."
Follow her on Instagram @janiebryant
Gabi Gregg, fashion blogger
It’s no secret that the plus-sized fashion community doesn’t have enough representation in the fashion industry, but this blogger is changing the game, one outfit post at a time. Gabi Gregg, creator of GABIFRESH, is proving that you don’t have to be a size 2 to have killer style. She recently added “designer” to her resume by creating a plus-sized collection with SwimSexy, and she's not shy about showing off those gorgeous curves. Her biggest fashion risk? “Wearing a sheer dress with nothing but underwear underneath.”
Follow her on Instagram @gabifresh
James Goldstein, the L.A. legend
Billionaire, style icon, and general man of mystery, Goldstein can usually be found swathed in custom exotic skins at Fashion Week shows around the world. When he's at home at L.A., you'll find him either kicking it courtside at a basketball game (he’s the NBA’s largest ticket investor according to commissioner David Stern) or at his sprawling home that's been featured in films such as "Charlie’s Angels" and "The Big Lebowski." When it comes to style, “conservative” is not in his vocabulary. “I never feel that I'm taking a risk when I wear an outfit that might be too extreme for anyone else. I'm confident about whatever I select for myself," he told us.
His well-documented cowboy-inspired looks—consisting of designs by pals Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli—are also reflected in Goldstein's own eponymous clothing line.
Follow him on Instagram @jamesfgoldstein.
Pia Mia, musician
She may only be 17 years old, but this starlet is quickly climbing the ranks of young Hollywood. Constantly keeping up with the Jenner sisters, Pia Mia got her start by posting videos of her singing on YouTube, and was quickly signed with producer Abou “Bu” Thiam, who works with stars such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Jay-Z. But her rapid rise of fame isn’t keeping her from some quality family time. “One thing most people don’t know about me is that I come from a big family and the island of Guam. My family is involved, and always will be, in everything I do.” The songstress released her own album in 2014 titled "The Gift" and plans on making a serious entrance into the music industry this year.
Follow her on Instagram @princesspiamia.
Sama and Haya Abu Khadra, fashion's favorite sisters
These jet-setting twins and front-row fixtures have been impressing the fashion set for years with their perfect mix of glamorous, youthful style, and can usually be found hitting international fashion weeks to scout for their mother Rula Abu Khadra's ultra-chic boutique The Art of Living in Saudi Arabia. Now in their early twenties, it's not uncommon to see Sama and Haya on Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s Best Dressed List, in WWD, and on countless street style blogs. As for their thoughts on L.A. style? "We'd describe it as just cool and comfortable," they said.
Follow them on Instagram @samahaya.
Caitlin Crosby, charitable designer
This blonde beauty might have gotten her start as a singer and actress, but Caitlin Crosby’s laid-back California style is what’s capturing our attention. Since she's been in L.A., she's noticed that the style is "eclectic, individualistic, and full of trend followers and trend setters."
She also happens to be the founder of The Giving Keys, a company that employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of re-purposed keys that get sold and shared around the world.
Follow her on Instagram @caitlincrosby.
Shamari Maurice, Hollywood BFF
Best friend and constant companion to the young Hollywood It-girl circuit including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Sofia Richie, Shamari Maurice is also one of the most fashionable and fun to follow teens on Instagram. Although he comes across bold and outgoing over social media, fans would be surprised to discover that he's actually a shy guy. “Unless I know or am familiar with you, I'm typically shy and awkward. I guess since I'm out there on social media, people don’t realize I'm hiding behind my iPhone 6.” Aren't we all.
Follow him on Instagram @shammaurice
Jodie Smith, model
While she may be a model, Jodie Smith is much more than just a pretty face. In addition to landing a role in HBO’s "True Blood," the beauty—known as “Miss Jodie”—has also documented the malaria epidemic in Africa in her film "When the Night Comes."
Her biggest style risk? “Cutting my hair off! No matter how liberally you're raised, hair is associated with femininity, so cutting all of it off was scary! Five years later and I’m glad I took the risk.”
Follow her on Instagram @jodiesmith
Elyse Walker, retail heavyweight
Running one of Hollywood’s hottest self-named boutiques and co-founding e-commerce destination Forward by Elyse Walker, Walker's an instrumental part of the L.A. fashion scene. Within her store, you'll find top designer brands, and a loyal celebrity clientele such as Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, and Kate Beckinsale. Even though Walker obviously knows fashion, she's “a tomboy 100%. Most people see me through social media and press all dressed up with hair and makeup, but I really am not that glamorous by nature—quite the contrary.” Follow her on Instagram @elysewalker.
Cara Santana, actress and tech entrepreneur
Getting her start as an actress, it’s no secret that Cara Santana has a killer fashion sense. She describes L.A. style as “a mix between effortless cool and stylized undone” and
her fashion blog, CaraDisclothed is quickly becoming a favorite among the fashion community. Now, she’s adding entrepreneur to her resume with a new app, which delivers beauty experts and services right to your door, The Glam App co-founded with Hollywood hairstylist Joey Maalouf. Follow her on Instagram @carasantana
Charlotte McKinney, model
This blonde bombshell became a household name after her jaw-dropping Carl’s Jr. Superbowl commercial aired in 2015, followed by a few rounds on this year’s "Dancing with the Stars." Though she currently stars in Guess campaigns, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for this beauty. Suffering from dyslexia and a victim of harsh bullying, she was forced to drop out of high school and pave her own way in the modeling world, yet she still manages to have a killer sense of humor. “I’m extremely easy going and goofy. I don’t take anything too seriously. I roll with the punches!” Follow her on Instagram @charlottemckinney
Jared Eng, celebrity gossip king
Jared Eng, creator of popular celebrity blog, Just Jared, has made quite a name for himself in Hollywood. His site was recently name-checked on Yahoo’s prestigious Top 10 Bloggers Roll alongside the Huffington Post and TMZ, and highlighted by Vanity Fair and InStyle as one of the world’s leading entertainment sites. Although it took him a bit to get used to the laid-back West Coast aesthetic, he says “the key to L.A. is dressing down. I used to hate it, but I’ve adopted the casual and comfortable look without looking like a bum!” Follow him on Instagram @jaredeng
Kim Gordon, founder, Wildfox
Meet the woman behind cool-girl favorite label Wildfox. Starting out with bold, cheeky T-shirts, the brand has expanded to include dresses, jeans, pajamas, and swimwear, and is widely considered the go-to for achieving quintessential L.A. style. With fans such as Vanessa Hudgens, Lindsay Lohan, and Taylor Swift, Wildfox is on track to expand faster than ever, and its founder is no stranger to style risks "I used to rave and go to electronic festivals a ton in my early 20's, so I would wear furry leg boots, angel wings, neon mushroom '60s dresses, face paint, stickers, the works." Follow her on Instagram @wildfoxcouture
Geri Hirsch, fashion and lifestyle blogger
Getting her start in 2005 with the fashion blog Because I’m Addicted, Hirsch has carved out an impressive niche, collaborating with some of the biggest names in fashion including Lovers and Friends, H&M, and Dior just to name a few. Recently, she brought her style to the screen and co-founded lifestyle brand Leaf.TV, which produces compulsively watchable how-to videos covering everything from how to mix the perfect margarita to how to DIY dry shampoo.
Follow her on Instagram @gerihirsch
Mark and Jonnie Houston, nightlife entrepreneurs
Born and bred in Los Angeles, fraternal twins Mark and Jonnie Houston have cornered the niche market of L.A.'s high-end nightlife scene. The duo launched Piano Bar in 2008, followed by La Descarga, Harvard & Stone, Pour Vous, No Vacancy, Dirty Laundry, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Butchers and Barbers and Break Room 86 at The Line Hotel.
When it comes to style risks, Mark likes to keep it “pretty traditional. It’s important to have staple clothing options. A good pair of boots and jeans is essential. Nice comfortable shirts. Leather jacket.”
Follow them on Instagram @houstonhospitality
Liz Cherkasova, fashion blogger
With the sheer amount of fashion blogs today, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out. However, with her signature blonde locks and effortless style, it’s pretty easy to remember Liz Cherkasova, the blogger behind Late Afternoon. With over 149,000 followers on Instagram, Liz keeps her fans interested with sharing her latest fashion finds, outfit posts, and gorgeous photography.
Follow her on Instagram @lateafternoon
Jesse Rogg, musician
Jesse Rogg—aka Golden Touch—is the L.A.-born and Munich-raised Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and DJ responsible for hits like "Black & Gold" by Sam Sparro.
He’s gotten a reputation for churning out unique material for both established and up-and-coming talent. In addition, he’s also the owner of Mack Sennett Studios (the location of Robin Thicke’s infamous ‘Blurred Lines’ video.) He describes L.A. style as “doing whatever you feel like. There never seems to be any pressure here. Having grown up in Europe, there was always way more an emphasis on style. It’s finally gaining momentum in L.A., but it’s still pretty causal.”
Follow him on Instagram @golden_touched
Sophie Simmons, aspiring designer
She may be the daughter of rock and roll legend Gene Simmons, but Sophie Simmons is certainly making a name for herself. The 22-year-old beauty is a budding fashion designer, already having created her own clothing collection with The Style Club and is now starring in her very own reality show with her mother, “Shannon & Sophie.” Having lived in L.A. all her life, Sophie definitely has thoughts about the city's style, "L.A. is a strange place because the city doesn’t have just one style. Contrary to popular belief, we do not walk around in flip flops and board shorts all day."
Follow her on Instagram @sophie_tweed_simmons.
Jaclyn Johnson, events and marketing powerhouse
Founder of event management and marketing powerhouse firm No Subject Los Angeles, Jaclyn Johnson also spends her time running Create & Cultivate, an incredible conference for women bringing together the best in business, fashion and lifestyle (this year's conference is in Chicago if you're in the area!) To boot, she's also been named one of Forbes’ #30under30, and has top-notch fashion clientele including NastyGal, Levis, and The Hollywood Reporter.
While she’s one of L.A.’s coolest girls, there is one thing that most people would be surprised to know, “I was crowned Miss Teen Palm Beach Gardens and competed for the crown of Miss Teen Florida. #Pageantlife (please don’t Google that.)”
Follow her on Instagram @jaclynrjohnson.