It’s often said that the City of Angels is the land of reinvention—so why not start with your wardrobe? Whether you’re in need of a complete closet makeover or a simple seasonal upgrade, LA fashion is just as diverse as the city’s outdoor scenery.
Stand out from the style crowd, ditch fast-fashion chains, and hit up these five cool boutiques the next time you’re out shopping in LA.
Once Charlie Chaplin’s dance studio, this eclectic boutique is now where envelope-pushing cool kids and celebrities score head-turning pieces from cult-favorite designer labels. Definitely not for the fashion-fainthearted, Opening Ceremony is filled with all of the statement clothing and accessories you need to inject a playful dose of luxury into your personal style. The shop stocks everything from It bags by Proenza Schouler and kaleidoscopic sweaters by Paris-bred Japanese brand Kenzo, to minimalist-chic basics by Alexander Wang and printastic platforms from the shop’s own line, to name a few.
If you’re looking to elevate your jeans-and-a-tee look, a visit to American Rag‘s LA fashion mecca on La Brea is a must. The shop is known for its luxe twist on West Coast-cool staples and even offers a denim bar that’s fully stocked with perfectly distressed pairs, boyfriend jeans, and more—all from high-end brands. Grab a seat at the boutique’s bistro, Cafe Midi, where you can enjoy French classics with a California twist, and score style tips as you watch the parade of passing shoppers. Once you’re sufficiently stuffed (and fashionably inspired), pick up retro basics by Wildfox, jeans from Hudson, and sunny weather must-haves, including eyewear from Garrett Leight and hats by Brixton.
Hailing from San Francisco, BellJar is known for a bohemian aesthetic that’s less beach bum and more art school cool. Indie talents are front and center here, including LA fashion labels Objects Without Meaning, Osei Duro, Line & Dot, and others, alongside vintage and pre-worn designer finds by Isabel Marant and other luxe lines. Inspired by the shop’s boho-modern interiors? Give the rest of your abode a makeover, and stock up on handmade home goods, wall art, ceramics, and more, all created by local artists and craftspeople.
Shopping in LA wouldn’t be complete without hitting up a haven for well-dressed gents, and menswear shop Wittmore is a one-stop shop for effortlessly sleek essentials. At its bright and airy Arts District outpost, the shelves are filled with a well-edited mix of stylish streetwear, structured silhouettes, and minimalist pieces by cult-cool labels from both near and far.
Avant-garde all-stars will find a sleek haven at Downtown concept shop The Well, where edgy-cool garments from luxury labels such as Vivienne Westwood and Rick Owens rub elbows with pieces from basics brand Drifter, Danish designer/musician Henrik Vibskov, and leather crafters Skingraft, among others. Once you’ve upgraded your wardrobe with street style standouts, complete your head-to-toe makeover with a fresh cut at the hybrid boutique’s in-house salon.