There’s no denying that in Hollywood, you are what you wear. In fact, everyone is so well styled that it’s often hard to tell the normals from the celebs (okay, that size two girl being followed by paparazzi? Yeah, she’s famous).
Yet, we gotta love LaLa land for its diverse and plentiful shopping areas. Hit up Beverly Hills for super luxe labels, Robertson for start gazing and fancy boutiques, or Melrose for funky thrift shops. Whether you’re looking for California-cool style or the latest celebrity trend, our list of Los Angeles shops will have you covered.
Malls and Department Stores
8100 Melrose Ave.
(323) 651-4129, FredSegal.com
In Hollywood, Fred Segal is a bit of an institution: not only is it the place for celeb-spotting, it’s also the store where trends hit the shelves first. The original Melrose location may seem small, but it’s packed with womenswear, menswear, home goods, and has separate shoe and beauty shops. As for the goods, you’ll find California cool staples like C & C shirts and the luxury denim “it” brand du jour. On the fancier side, check out Graham and Spencer dresses and colorful Twelfth Street tops.
189 The Grove Drive
(323) 900-8080, TheGroveLA.com
When you’re in Cali, you, like, totally have to go to the mall, hello. Head to The Grove, an outdoor shopping center that’s landscaped with pleasant trees and fountains. Here you can hit up all your faves like Forever 21, Kiehl’s, Nordstrom, Barneys, Coach, and J.Crew.
8209 W. 3rd St.
(323) 951-0330, ShopAtMilk.com
Milk features a well-rounded collection of East and West Coast designers, European labels, and just-catching-on indie collections. Things we want include color block Leyendecker tanks, multi-strap Loeffler Randall pumps, and a Myne cocktail dress with pearl buttons down the front. With books, gifts, and beauty products in the merchandise mix as well, it’s doubtful you’d walk away empty-handed.
Sirens & Sailors
1104 Mohawk St.
(213) 483-5423, SirensAndSailors.com
Tucked away in a little house in Echo Park, Sirens & Sailors is the place to go if you’re looking for emerging Los Angeles designers like Seneca Rising and Dawn Sharp. The rest of the merch ranges from established labels like Grey Ant, Mara Hoffman, and Vivienne Westwood to vintage Halston pieces and quirky trinkets.
1764 N. Vermont Ave.
(323) 665-6263, OouShop.com
Vermont Avenue boasts a great stretch of boutiques and vintage shops, but our favorite is Oou, which is aptly named because it’s impossible to not exclaim “Oou!” to items by Fig, Le Ciel Divine, and Cosabella (plus there’s always a selection of vintage pumps and sunglasses). Upstairs is the “Fab-oou-less shop” where all items are less than $100.
Vintage and Secondhand
1800 N. Vermont Ave.
Get your hipster on with vintage silk ’70s blouses, lacy sundresses, and cowboy boots that aren’t completely overpriced like so much of this stuff these days. There’s a good balance of old-school goods and unwanted designer duds like Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes and DvF dresses. Complete the look with a costume broach or a pair of oversized sunglasses.
Polkadots & Moonbeams
8379 W. 3rd St.
(323) 655-3880, PolkadotsAndMoonbeams.com
You won’t find any worn-in tees or cliched track jackets here…when you shop at Polkadots & Moonbeams’s vintage store, you step back into time as you cruise stuffed racks of pale-colored taffeta dresses from the ’50s, houndstooth coats from the ’60s, and smart blazers from the ’40s.
Design and Home Decor
1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
(310) 392-9128 APlusRStore.com
Headed by a former filmmaker and a pop culture journalist, it makes sense that a couple with style and appreciation for design is responsible for this Venice shop. Specializing in home accents, products range from the hilarious (wine glasses molded after red plastic beer cups) to high-end (Tord Boontje light fixtures). We also love some of the more functional pieces like sleek self-watering pots and cable box organizers.
8316 W. 3rd St.
(323) 951-9190, ZipperGifts.com
Need a gift? Zipper’s filled with all the latest in design from brightly colored ceramics to kitschy kids’ toys and and sleek serving utensils. Some of the items are incredibly specific (and slightly useless) like a stainless steel tequila server designed by sculptor Ernesto Paulsen or aluminum boxes to serve Chinese takeout food in.
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