A Night Out

Where to Find That Special-Occasion Sparkle

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The end of the year brings festivities that give good reason to serve special-occasion realness. Glitz, glam, high fashion, haute couture, however you want to say it, when it comes to finding that world-class dress no one else will have, nothing can beat the upscale vintage scene in Los Angeles. Go ahead and browse the Internet for style ideas, but when you have your vision honedor need to get inspiredhead to these hot spots.

Passenger
Neutral, easygoing, minimalist chic with a great mix of vintage and It-girl favorite brands to build an elevated everyday wardrobe. 2145 Sunset Boulevard 

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Wasteland
Diggers, rejoice! Racks upon racks upon racks of formerly beloved garments of all eras and conditions at this deeply beloved West Hollywood shop await an eagle eye to snap them up and take them home. 7428 Melrose Avenue

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Mixed Business
Here, you’ll find a large selection of edgy yet laid-back, design-forward vintage, mostly from the 1980s and ’90s, with a focus on silks and linens. Perfect for building an Angeleno-focused creative-professional wardrobe. Keep an eye out for its in-house label, which specializes in excellent on-trend trousers and jackets you’ll wear every day. 1820 Hyperion Avenue

Tavin
The go-to spot for Eastside It girls, this tiny shop is stuffed full of beautiful, flowing, luxuriously fabricated vintage dresses, with an eye toward Art Deco sparkle and 1970s boho grit. 1543 Echo Park Avenue

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Paper Moon
Full of pristine gems for all genders, primarily from the Victorian era through the 1940s, this extremely organized shop looks like a set left over from the silent-film era. Make sure to snap a selfie in front of the larger-than-life smiling crescent moon. 4516 Hollywood Boulevard

Vintage Vortex
It’s not much more organized than a thrift shop in here, but it’s much more curated, so if you like to dig for your treasures and don’t mind chaos, this is your spot. From extremely wild finds left over from Hollywood trends of yore to new basics, this place has everything. 5213 Hollywood Boulevard

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Scout
Hiding in plain sight on Melrose, this expertly considered shop of high-end designers is the perfect place for interesting, grounded avant-garde wardrobe additions to give your style an extra edge. 8021 Melrose Avenue

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Decades
A red carpet favorite, this world-renowned boutique has premium rarities and luxury basics. If you’re looking for a special-occasion gown, call ahead to book a fitting and style-pull in advance. 8214 Melrose Avenue