You just RSVP'd for what could be the party of the year and now you have to figure out what to wear. You want something interesting, something that doesn't look like it just came off the rack.
Fortunately, there are plenty of vintage shops in Los Angeles stocked with attire for cocktail and evening affairs. Whether you want to channel the glamour of a bygone era or are in need of a classic look, secondhand can be the way to go. Below, we've highlighted ten stores worth of a peek.
Charlie Roquette (5712 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90042) is an elegant Highland Park boutique that carries mostly vintage clothing with a modern, bohemian vibe. The collection is nicely edited, so you won't have to sift through loads of racks to find what you want, and may include designer pieces. The shop also carries a few new items, including jewelry to accessorize your evening look.
The Left Bank
When you walk into The Left Bank (2479 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles 90039), the Atwater Village boutique looks more like a gift shop stocked with delightful soaps, fun books, and small accessories. Head into the back rooms, though, and you'll find a stockpile of secondhand clothing. The selection leans towards the '90s and more recent items with a healthy amount of cocktail dresses.
In a neighborhood that is loaded with vintage shops, LOOK (1259 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026) stands out for its focus. This Echo Park boutique specializes in 1960s and '70s garb and the collection is a fantastic mix of quality pieces that point to a number of trends from those decades. Whether your tastes lean towards hippie lace or sparkly maxi dresses, this is the place to go.
Luxe de Ville
Echo Park's Luxe de Ville (2157 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026) lives up to its name with an ample selection of clothing that will make you feel like you're living in luxury. From posh dresses to dapper suits, this small vintage boutique is stocked with attire that's cocktail and evening appropriate. If you're looking for something truly unique, you might find that here as well. A recent peek through their racks turned up vintage dresses hand-painted by L.A.-based artist Nevena Binney.
Guido in L.A.
Located on 7th Street in Downtown L.A., Guido in L.A. is small but packed with an eclectic collection of vintage finds that can include old school department store brands and designer pieces. There's an emphasis on clothing that taps into today's throwback trends - think '70s Gunne Sax and '90s Betsey Johnson - but you'll find plenty of classic shapes and styles here too. Make sure to check out their fantastic selection of costume jewelry; even if you're wearing basic black, you can find something to make your outfit sparkle. Guido in L.A. also includes a small men's section.
126 W. 7th St., Los Angeles 90014
Located in the heart of Eagle Rock's shopping district, Owl Talk (5060 N. Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles 90041) is a long-running boutique that specializes in secondhand clothing. You'll find a range of styles and eras inside the charming shop and a good amount of nighttime-appropriate pieces. Their racks are also filled with a fairly broad range of sizes. Be sure to check out the accessories here as well.
The Paper Moon (4516 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027) vintage collection runs deep. Comb through the racks of this East Hollywood shop and you might find gorgeous pieces dating back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The bulk of what you'll find here, though, ranges from the 1920s through the 1960s and includes wedding gowns, dinner wear for men and even special occasion outfits for children.
Ragg Mopp Vintage
Sunset Junction vintage shop, Ragg Mopp (3816 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026) is packed with beauties from decades past, from flouncy party dresses to glitzy jumpsuits. The selection here is made for party people who want to be noticed; you'll find pieces here in styles and colors that are rarely seen in contemporary fashion. Look for 1930s gowns, 1950s party dresses, and more stunners.
Sherman Oaks Antique Mall
Jewelry and houseware fill the bulk of the shelves inside Sherman Oaks Antique Mall (14034 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91423), but don't overlook the fashion finds inside this long-running vintage outpost. The vendors who do offer clothing have some fab finds, including evening wear, tucked within the stalls of this maze-like shopping destination. Don't forget to check out the ample selection of jewelry and accessories throughout Sherman Oaks Antique Mall as well.
With a recently opened shop in Silver Lake, Supergoodie now has two locations for chic shoppers (Silver Lake: 3734 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026; Atwater Village: 3360 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles 90039). The boutique includes vintage and more current secondhand items in a well-edited collection that emphasizes classic shapes and contemporary color palettes. If you shop secondhand but don't want a retro look, this is a good place to start.