Gay Los Angeles: Shop ‘til You Drop

Photo courtesy of LASC, Facebook

From Downtown to WeHo, here are some of the best places in Los Angeles to shop ‘til you drop. 

American Apparel

American Apparel is LA’s answer to fair and balanced clothing, providing many local garment-makers with respectful and well-paying jobs. We love their monochromatic hues, as well as their “Legalize Gay” T-shirt line, and AA’s ability to mix and match fabrics and textures floors us! The West Hollywood location (at San Vicente) makes for two stories of mod shopping for the color-lover in us all.

Beverly Connection

When you're looking for hot deals, we suggest swinging by the Beverly Connection. At the BC, a Marshalls, Old Navy and Ross stand proudly, but our absolute favorite is the Nordstorm Rack. We are not kidding, label queens! Get there STAT and be ready to be wowed!

Crossroads Trading Company

With locations both on Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose, this resale shop has designer discounts at their finest. At Crossroads Trading Company, Gucci and Prada mix in with Gap and Levis to make for the best of both worlds: high-fashion and everyday, both at resale prices. Sales happen daily, just check the price tag for a red stamp—and if you bring your own bag, they’ll donate five cents to your favorite charity. What’s not to love?

Jet Rag

Located on La Brea, this bright orange vintage store has long been a shopper’s paradise for the rich and trendy—but it’s also a well-kept secret of the chic Bohemian underbelly. At Jet Rag, T-shirts and throwback vintage looks (along with decades-old accessories) reign supreme for approximately $15-40. We especially love the $1 Sunday sidewalk sale - that’s one Los Angeles dress-you-up-in-my-love event that’s not to be missed.

Los Angeles Sporting Club

The Los Angeles Sporting Club (LASC) in WeHo’s Boystown has long dressed up the heart of West Hollywood’s boulevard with the hottest in Diesel, G-Star and 2(x)ist. Three showrooms show off everything a gay man needs to be sporty from head to toe—whether it’s on the beach or in the office. The staff is super sexy and the vibe is comfortably chill—especially during their 70 percent off sales!

Out of the Closet

Everyone who’s anyone in WeHo has donated to the ever-thrifty and always-do-gooding Out of the Closet. But how many of us have shopped here? Ideal for discount home goods, WeHo’s Out of the Closet locale also boasts designer threads at rock-bottom prices. The gems are mixed in with the general donations, so you’ve got to be ready to sift through the racks. But $20 True Religions and $15 Dolce button downs? We’re there!

Rodeo Drive

Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Cartier and Coach: the list goes on and on when it comes to shopping on this famed Beverly Hills stretch. And while sales are a rarity and celebrities come a dime a dozen, you don’t have to be Julia Roberts to enjoy Rodeo Drive’s trappings. Ample parking and mainstream joints like BCBG, Guess and even a Cheesecake Factory make this area welcoming to shoppers of all bank accounts. 

Santee Alley

Probably the best kept shopper’s secret in Los Angeles is Santee Alley, tucked away in the clandestine Downtown Fashion District. At SA, nearly 150 vendors converge in this festival-like atmosphere and whip up amazing bargains. Most sold here are trendy T-shirts, sunglasses, shoes, purses and (bizarrely enough) color contacts. Santee Alley is open 365 days a year, between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street.

Westfield Century City Shopping Mall

Everyone likes a good facelift—and that couldn’t be more true than with the Westfield Century City Shopping Mall. This shopping mecca comes with all the trappings of a mainstream mall, including an updated AMC movie theater, fine dining and (yes, we’ll say it!) the best food court in SoCal. Over 140 stores stand here, including both a Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, and there are over 20 locations to enjoy a glass of wine.