Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for Racked's first Neighborhood Style Showdown, a week-long quest to determine which part of Los Angeles has the best local style. Today and tomorrow, we'll be pitting eight first-round picks against each other, Wednesday and Thursday we'll narrow them down, and on Friday we'll crown a winner. Of course, we can't do it without you, so get ready to vote!
Let's start out strong with two bordering neighborhoods with two very distinct style profiles. In one corner, we have Beverly Hills, home to manicured lawns, Herve-clad Housewives and more plastic surgeons than you can lob a syringe at. The domain of Rodeo Drive, Saks and Barneys is practically synonymous with high-end retail.
In the other corner, we have West Hollywood. Though Beverly Hills might have a lock on luxury, WeHo is home to some of the city's best shopping stretches. Crucial portions of Melrose, Robertson, Beverly and Sunset fall within the neighborhood's borders, streets that feature style destinations like Rag & Bone, John Varvatos, Vanessa Bruno and H Lorenzo. It's also the gay capital of Los Angeles which, if we're considering men's style, has to count pretty heavily.