Through the years, distinctive fashion trends have defined each era. When you hear “mini skirt,” you think big hair and neon colors from the 80s; “flared” conjures up John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever;” and “little black dress” summons visions of Audrey Hepburn. If your wardrobe choices seem to be a bit vanilla, toss the drab and repeat history’s epic fashions as you search L.A.’s vintage stores.
Hotel De Ville Vintage Eyewear
Hours: Tues – Thurs 12 p.m – 8 p.m.; Fri – Sat 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Whether you are blind as a bat or just like the sexy librarian look, glasses are a true fashion statement. Hotel De Ville Vintage Eyewear features collectible vintage glasses, frame restoration services and prescription lenses for your own vintage frames. Your peepers never looked this good.
Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This vintage shop is the place for purses. In all prices ranges, the gently-used vintage handbags will make eyes pop in the New Year. Recent arrivals include a Gucci 70s red brick leather and monogram handbag and a Bottega Veneta 80s dark green woven leather tote.
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Hours: Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Your special day down the aisle should be boasting of beauty and individuality. ReVamp has an exclusive selection of bridal accessories such as the Paulette Headpiece, a pearl crown framed by a veil of pink tulle. This headpiece is among many of the delicate, vintage bridal-wear the store offers. In addition, perfect for bridal party gifts, ReVamp carries old-fashioned cigarette cases (perfect for keeping a handkerchief to dab wedding ceremony tears), flasks and card cases.
Online shopping only
Not every day is a shopping day in town. Located in Los Angeles but only available online, Adorevintage has a rare collection of vintage wedding dresses ranging from antique summer lawn dresses from the Edwardian era, bohemian hippie wedding dresses for more informal affairs, and prim and proper wedding and prom dresses from the 1950s. Based on the “something old, something new” motto for weddings, visiting Adorevintage is a must-see.
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For All-Inclusive Vintage
The Way We Wore
Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
From a Dries Van Noten sequined capelet to a 1920s silk lamé tunic dress, The Way We Wore is one of LA’s premier vintage clothing shops. With owner Doris Raymond at the helm, the store’s unique collection of vintage finds range from clothing and shoes to jewelry and accessories and span many decades.
Lemon Frog Shop
If 80s acid wash jeans are calling your name, you will probably find a pair at the Lemon Frog Shop. Known for its one-of-a-kind, rare clothing and accessories from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s in every price range, the Lemon Frog Shop offers fashion scavengers second-hand goods that will turn a one-time visit into a repeat hot spot. Don’t forget to check out the store’s extensive Gucci handbag and accessory collection – it’s to die for!
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With an eye for trends and an understanding of the savvy consumer’s desires, Jenny Geisman defines a completely new approach to finding the most sought-after beauty and lifestyle products. With more than two decades of expertise in the beauty and entertainment industries, Geisman combines the right amount of confidence and creative flair that turns an “insider’s favorite” into a daily buzz. In addition, Geisman has worked with celebrity hairstylists with credits that include television and film, was the official blogger for the LOreal 2011 Oscar Suite and covered the 2011 LOreal Emmy Suite. Geisman is a faithful beauty junkie and lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at http://www.examiner.com/beauty-trends-in-los-angeles/jennifer-geisman