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Welcome back to Neighborhood Style Showdown, our quest to determine LA's most stylish neighborhood.
Broome Street General Store in Silver Lake. Image via Eater
Both areas have distinctive reputations. On one hand, the Valley has been long immortalized in film and even has its own stereotypical resident, the Valley Girl which, according to ever-helpful Wikipedia, can be described as "a socio-economic and ethnic class of white women characterized by the colloquial California English dialect Valleyspeak and vapid materialism."
Meanwhile, Silver Lake has become synonymous with the word "hipster." Even the stiffs over at Forbes made the connection, voting the area number one on their list of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods.
The Valley's got fancy mall Westfield Topanga, plenty of blow-dry bars and the extensive Studio City shopping stretch. It's also a secret vintage haven, with American Way Thrift Store and Playclothes in Burbank and Vena Cava-fave Fluke in Topanga.
Silver Lake, meanwhile, boasts two adorable, pricey "General Stores"—Broome Street and Mohawk—as well as sneaker shop Undefeated and accessories boutique Clare Vivier. It's also home to a population that seems to have umpteen hours to spend sipping lattes at Intelligentsia. Okay, maybe those examples didn't disprove the stereotype.
Anyway! Who will it be?