For many, it’s an art cultivating personal style. Hollywood costume designer and stylist Matthew Peridis adheres to his fashion philosophy – when you pull vintage pieces into an outfit, this touch alone makes contemporary fashion evolve from good to uniquely great. Shopping vintage takes patience as well as a keen eye. These five L.A. boutiques are carefully curated with garments and accessories produced from the 1920s through the 1980s, and offer ways to transport fashion nostalgia to 2013.
Buttons and Bows
548 S. Spring Street #112
Los Angeles, CA 90013
A favorite among Hollywood costume designers, the designer vintage resale boutique Buttons and Bows is meticulously curated by owners Karen Marley (daughter to Bob Marley) and Monique Aquinno. Both owners are fashionistas with an eye for style. Each piece, whether dress, blouse or coat, has a purpose and a story to tell. Shoppers will also find beautiful shoes and jewelry from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dior. Items go fast, so be sure to either call ahead or visit the store’s website for the “just in” feature.
Iguana Vintage Clothing
6320 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Another hotspot for celebrity TV and movie stylists, Iguana Vintage Clothing celebrates that “fashion never dies.” Now and then, shoppers may even spot celebrities (Bruno Mars and Lana del Rey) going through the racks seeking out something special. Men and women will find a myriad of styles that span the decades and are easy on the wallets. It’s a fun shopping experience, whether you are hunting for that indie prom dress, a retro piece to add personal flair to your work uniform or you need a costume. The shop also has locations in Sherman Oaks and Pasadena.
The Way We Wore
334 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
At The Way We Wore, vintage lovers shop an extensive collection of clothing, jewelry shoes and accessories spanning the 20th century. Owner and curator Doris Raymond is known for hand selecting each piece of merchandise for intricate design and quality, along with how her clients can wear it today. The boutique carries beaded gowns, iconic designer dresses (Pucci, Norell, Ossie Clark and Zandra Rhodes) and a stunning collection of flapper-style dresses from the 20s. Cocktail dresses from the 50s and 60s, with the allure of glamor and picturesque perfection, are at your fingertips as well.
My Baby Jo
10418 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
My Baby Jo has a coveted collection of vintage clothing from the 40s and 50s. Guys who are looking for rockabilly pieces and bowling shirts have come to the right place. Labels including Cruisin USA and Pendleton, and styles featuring bowling shirts and rockabilly wares make My Baby Jo an authentic source for retro-wear. Customers will also find an assortment of finishing-look accessories — fedora straw coconut hats, newsboy caps, iron-on patches and Mexican biker rings.
825 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
On any given day, hipster trendsetters can walk into Jet Rag and uncover that perfect vintage touch. The store itself, located in the heart of Hollywood, is known for its clean presentation, tidy racks and great finds including fabulous dresses from the ’40s and ’50s, James Dean-style leather jackets and nostalgic ’60s and ’70s housecoats. Visit Jet Rag Sunday morning for the thrift store’s $1 sale, where employees dump bags and bags of just about every piece of clothing imaginable on tarps in the front lot. Prepare to guard your treasures – everyone here is on the prowl for the “score.”
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.