Top 6 Most Fashionable Cities In The United States

From the buzzing New York to Chicago, these 6 cities proudly claim their thrones in the modern fashion trends, creativity and make their own distinctive fashion styles.
December 10, 2021 | 07:57

When thinking about the most fashionable cities, your mind might first jump to places like Milan and Paris. But when it comes to the US, which city wears the pants? From the era of the early supermodel age to the present, fashion has changed a lot. Nowadays fashion is trendless, comfortable, and personal. Here are the 6 fashion cities in the United States, which have a major influence on international fashion trends and designs.

1. New York City, New York

Photo:  Fashionista
Photo: Fashionista

In a city that prides itself on pushing the envelope of industry and commerce, fashion remains at the heart of New York City’s cultural identity. From the hundreds of fashion companies that call the city home to the world-renowned New York Fashion Week, to the role the industry played in COVID response … in NYC, fashion is forever.

New York City is home to one of the best and largest pools of creative talent, retail space in high-traffic areas, some of the top manufacturers and ateliers, fashion schools, and more headquarters of fashion brands and retailers than any other city in the country. With the industry employing 4.6 percent of the city's private sector workforce, fashion is a major driver of New York City's economy.

The five boroughs are home to roughly 3,900 fashion-related outlets, with about 7% (280) of those outlets being luxury or high-end. People in the Big Apple are also hunting bargains online, with an average search interest of 80.8 out of 100 for the top fashion items of 2020. Interestingly, “sneakers” and “slipper” were the most popular items searched in NYC.

2. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Fashion Week. Photo: The Society Fashion Week
Los Angeles Fashion Week. Photo: The Society Fashion Week

Los Angeles, commonly referred to by the initialism L.A., is the largest city in California. With a 2020 population of 3,898,747, it is the second-largest city in the United States. Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity, Hollywood entertainment industry, and sprawling metropolitan area.

Los Angeles lies in a basin in Southern California, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. The city, which covers about 469 square miles (1,210 km2), is the seat of Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles has always been considered second to New York in the terms of most fashionable cities in the USA. However, according to a new study, Los Angeles is on top. The research team observed over 100 cities and found Los Angeles to be the most stylish one. The city is globally renowned for its street fashion which is focused on laid-back relaxed lifestyle.

Whether gussied-up on the red carpet or dressed down on the shores of Santa Monica, LA is synonymous with fashion and ranks as the second most fashionable city in America with a score of 65.7 points.

LA is home to about 3,000 fashion outlets, with roughly 6% (169) of those being luxury stores. As for search interest, LA scored 54.9 out of 100. Bizarrely, Angelenos were most interested in “gloves,” with a search interest of 79. Must be due to that inclement weather the City of Angels is famous for…

3. Miami, Florida

Claudia Bertolero Miami Fashion Week. Photo: Wikipedia
Claudia Bertolero Miami Fashion Week. Photo: Wikipedia

Miami, officially the City of Miami, is a coastal metropolis located in Miami-Dade County in southeastern Florida, United States. With a population of 467,963 as of the 2020 census, it is the 44th-largest city in the United States and the core of the nation's eighth-largest metropolitan area. The city has the third-largest skyline in the U.S. with over 300 high-rises, 58 of which exceed 491 ft (150 m).

As an international fashion capital, Miami is a one-of-a-kind destination for designers, models, and fashionistas alike. The shopping is out of this world, the list of fashion events is long and diverse, and the sunny streets are the perfect place to show off your shopping scores. Here in Miami, style is everything.

The city is one of the biggest fashion and entertainment centers in the United States has numerous luxury boutiques, designer stores, and consignment shops. In short, it is heaven for those who are associated with the glamour industry. Apart from this, Miami also hosts a worldwide fashion week namely Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Miami Beach International Fashion, Funkshion Fashion.

4. Oakland, California

Photo: Visit Oakland
Photo: Visit Oakland

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third-largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth-most populated city in California, and the 45th most populated city in the United States. With a population of 440,646 as of 2020, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; the Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. An act to incorporate the city was passed on May 4, 1852, and incorporation was later approved on March 25, 1854. Oakland is a charter city.

Hop on the PCH from Los Angeles and head about nine hours north and you’ll hit the third most fashionable city in America: Oakland. Oakland scores 43.3 points and is home to about 1,600 fashion retailers, with approximately 5% (73) being high-end. Just like in LA, the item with the highest search interest in Oakland was also “gloves.”

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

Photo:  Las Vegas Monorail
Photo: Las Vegas Monorail

Las Vegas, often known simply as Vegas, is the 26th-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

It is another popular fashion city in the United States. Although the city is more popular for its flashy casinos and extreme nightlife, it’s also home to some exceptional fashion trade shows such as Magic and Pool. All the giant fashion houses keep their eyes on these trade shows.

6. Chicago, Illinois

Photo:  FashionFiles
Photo: FashionFiles

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles. With a population of 2,746,388 in the 2020 census, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the fifth most populous city in North America. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second-most populous county in the U.S., while a small portion of the city's O'Hare Airport also extends into DuPage County. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, defined as either the U.S. Census Bureau's metropolitan statistical area (9.6 million people) or the combined statistical area (almost 10 million residents), often called Chicagoland. It is one of the 40 largest urban areas in the world.

Rounding out the top 5 most fashionable cities in the nation is Windy City. Chicago actually has both more fashion outlets (1,200) and is home to more high-end stores (66), but the average search interest in top fashion items dipped when compared to our other top cities. Unlike those from the west coast, it makes sense that Chicagoans were most interested in “gloves,” with a search interest of 78.

Many popular designers are opening their fashion houses in Chicago, which simply displays people’s love for designer fashions. Gradually, the city is growing as a fashion Mecca. Since the weather of the city remains cold, people of the city adopt fashion accordingly. Anorak Jackets, camo pants are common.

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