Best shops in LA: Best women's clothing boutiques

From trendy shoes and bags to the perfect gifts and accessories, look no further than these 14 awesome clothing boutiques, some of the best shops in LA.

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Shopping in Los Angeles requires a bit of tactical planning. After all, there's nothing worse than driving to a store and battling for a parking space, only to find that it doesn't have what you're looking for. Here, we've broken down some of our favorite women's clothing boutiques for every occasion—from our favorite denim bar to our secret weapon for out-of-town guests. Let the trend-setting begin!

Best style with a conscience: Dosa818

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

This serene, appointment-only showroom is one of the best-kept secrets on the LA retail scene, located in the loft-like penthouse of an historic Downtown high rise. Designer Christina Kim collaborates with artisans around the world on her seasonal clothing and accessory collections, resulting in quietly elegant pieces such as tunics from organic Indian cotton and soft sweaters from Bolivian alpaca. Home items are also part of the mix—many of them incorporating recycled materials—as are found objects that Kim’s amassed on her travels.

  1. 818 S Broadway, 12th Floor
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Best accessories: Dream Collective

  • Price band: 2/4
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Jewelry designer Kathryn Bentley has created a sun-dappled escape from the buzz of Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction—one that feels a little bit like a forest cabin, with its stained glass windows and teepee fitting room. Bentley’s own creations play the starring role in this show—her brass-and-enamel costume jewelry line, Dream Collective, is just as striking as her namesake fine jewelry collection—but she’s also pulled in some supporting talent from her local designer pals. Our favorites: Jesse Kamm tote bags and woven leather moccasins from Bea Valenzuela.

  1. 1404 Micheltorena St
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Best for window shopping: Maxfield

  • Price band: 4/4
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Okay, so maybe you don’t have any need for a pair of four-figure Balmain leather pants taking up space in your wardrobe—or your credit card—but this iconic LA shopping destination can’t be missed. Its angular concrete home is a work of art alone, while inside dwells a mix of ultra-luxe men’s and women’s wear that basically defines the rock-and-roll side of LA fashion. And be sure to take your time browsing the Rick Owens jackets and Chanel frocks—you may just bump into Kanye West or an Olsen twin (all three are loyal fans of the shop).

  1. 8825 Melrose Ave
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Best for denim: American Rag’s World Denim Bar

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

American Rag is our go-to denim destination for its vast selection alone. Even if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for—Colorful and printed? Raw Japanese selvedge? Distressed vintage wash?—you’re bound to find something among the dozens of brands on offer. Just about every big name in premium denim is represented for both guys and gals, and staffers have a knack for helping you sift through the stock to find the perfect fit and style. After you’ve emerged from the store victorious, we recommend beelining for the attached Café Midi for a celebratory cappuccino and some street-side people watching.

  1. 150 S La Brea Ave
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Best basics: Creatures of Comfort

  • Price band: 3/4

This shop attracted so much love from LA ladies after opening in 2005 that owner Jade Lai decided to launch a second outpost in New York. But we’re still partial to the original location, a rare refuge of peace off Melrose Avenue. Inside, you’ll find unobtrusively cool brands from both near (Clare Vivier handbags, All For the Mountain jewelry) and far (loads of Isabel Marant and Rachel Comey). Our favorite pieces in the store, however, have to be from CoC’s in-house clothing line, filled with the kind of perfect basics you’ll wear over and over—slouchy tees, cropped trousers and pretty patterned blouses, to name just a few.

  1. 7971 Melrose Ave
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Best weekend wear: The Reformation

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Peruse the page of any SoCal fashion blogger and you’re likely to see at least one mention of The Reformation in the photo credits. It’s easy to see why—the design team makes each piece right in the boutique, which means fans are privy to a steady stream of sexy silk tanks, denim cutoffs and party dresses in the most up-to-the-second silhouettes. But the main reason why we love this store is that the line is made solely from vintage and surplus fabrics, ensuring that each piece is made in limited quantities and is as green as it gets.

  1. 8253 Melrose Ave
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Best for the office: Jenni Kayne

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Whenever we have a big meeting at the office, we head straight for the Jenni Kayne sections of our closets. This local design star has mastered the art of tailoring with a California twist, crafting the most perfect pencil skirts, jackets, trousers and blouses in fun colors and prints. Her two LA boutiques carry the biggest selection of her line in the city, along with jewelry, bags, housewares and kids’ clothing from an assortment of equally talented designers. Also in residence: Kayne’s signature D’Orsay flats, a must for anyone who can’t deal with heels from nine to five.

  1. 614 N Almont Dr
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Hilda
Hilda

They should've called this list "Best shops in LA for people that are filthy rich" (poor people don't bother looking) There are tons of boutiques all over Los Angeles that are cheap to moderately priced and have good quality clothes. That's where the majority of Angelenos shop because the vast majority are people that don't make 6 figures. Maybe next time you should do better research and actually find stores that real people shop in.

Tulip
Tulip

Please advise the best designer outlets in LA. Last year when I visited Las Vegas there were 2-3 locations where designer outlets were locard and I was wondering LA had something similar.