In L.A., it’s all about standing out from the crowd, and there’s no better way to do so than to deck yourself out in designer vintage. L.A. has the best vintage shopping around—from the glamour of ’40s gowns to the glitz of ’80s couture—so whichever chic decade you’re obsessed with, the City of Angels has the items in stock. Get ready to step out of the mall and step back in time at one of these designer vintage boutiques.
Paper Moon Vintage
If you’re crazy about ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s fashion, you’ll find that a visit to Paper Moon is the closest thing to rooting through a movie costumer’s closet. The employees know their stuff, spinning yarns of classic Hollywood while leading you to just the right piece to make you feel like a matinee idol. Even their discount rack is filled with gems. If you want to add some old-timey sophistication to your next party, you can rent their photo booth, complete with a trunk of vintage props. You are, of course, also free to play dress-up in the store.
When it comes to designer vintage in Los Angeles, Wasteland is king. You’ll find this legendary boutique on Melrose Avenue, where it’s been holding court years. Wasteland describes itself as the “original, world-famous outfitter of style renegades,” and the store counts among its faithful rebels Angelina Jolie, who famously wore a $26 gown she purchased from Wasteland on the red carpet. From couture gowns to punk boots, you can find the items that perfectly fit your style, or the style of the person you decide to play during your visit to Hollywood.
Junk Food Clothing
Since 1998, Junk Food has been making shirts that combine the cheekiness that defines ’70s tees with the comfort that marks modern style. Summer or fall, their tanks and tees pair great with a pair of cut-off or skinny jeans and an edgy ankle boot. If you arrive wanting the vintage look without the mothball smell, their cute and cozy wares fit the bill. Get the designer look at a vintage price tag at their flagship store in Venice, a long-time favorite of both fashionistas and celebs. It’s the kind of junk food you won’t regret the next day.