I Live in Laurel Canyon, and Spot These Hyper Local Trends on My Cool Neighbors



For the past three years, I've lived in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. Once deeply entrenched in the hippie scene of the 60's and 70's, Laurel boasts a rich music history, counting Joni Mitchell, the members of The Mamas and the Papas, and Crosby, Stills and Nash as former residents. With its winding roads, close proximity to nature and fabled days of yore, Laurel Canyon's mystique continues to attract an artistic and might I say, very cool crowd.

My neighbors are actors, musicians, fashion designers...you name it. So, it should come as no surprise that I tend to see a lot of enviable looks during my trips to the local general store. Naturally, many of the trends skew 70's and boast an easy-going California sensibility, an obvious nod to the neighborhood's peace and love history. But, this is L.A. after all, so there are definitely some larger trends at play too, think the socks over leggings athletic look. 

So, if you've been wanting to infuse a little bit of the West Coast into your style, keep reading. My favorite local trends are just below.     

Fringe Jacket with Straight Jeans



A decidedly 70's look, a fringe jacket is always a good time. Pairing it with straight jeans as opposed to flares gives it a modern feel.

Tunic Dress



A tunic dress is the epitome of canyon style. Plus, you can't deny how comfortable it is. 

Socks Over Leggings

I see a lot of socks over leggings when I'm out for walks in the neighborhood. It's an ode to 90s athletic style that seemingly every in-the-know person in LA has adopted. 

Denim Shorts with a Ringer Tee

A ringer tee tucked into vintage-inspired denim shorts has always done it for me. It's a classic 60s/70s style and in my opinion, timeless. 

Birkenstock Clogs and Poplin Pants

For those of us who live in Laurel Canyon and work from home, Birkenstock clogs and pajama-style pants are kind of a pre-requisite. It's cozy yet surprisingly chic.  

Romantic White Tops with a Basket Bag



Jane Birkin might as well be the unofficial Laurel Canyon style mascot and for good reason. A romantic white blouse and basket purse just work together.