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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Best for affordable avant-garde: Weltenbuerger

  • Price band: 3/4

This store’s vibe reminds us of our high school art teacher: lots of linen and nubby fabrics, painterly prints, and jewelry with a strong arts-and-crafts element. But in the hands of the global crew of designers that fill the store, that’s actually a good thing—hand-dyed dresses by new Venice Beach label John & Mickie, digitally-printed silk garments by LA’s Ermie, and knotted rope necklaces by local artist Tanya Aguiniga were just a few of the things that caught our eyes on our most recent visit. Inexpensive vintage hangs alongside the contemporary pieces, so expertly curated that it’s impossible to tell the new from the old.

  1. 1764 N Vermont Ave
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Best shoes: TenOverSix

  • Price band: 3/4
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This pastel-painted boutique is hard to miss and often referred to as one of the city’s best spots for gift shopping, but we prefer to stop by when we’re looking to buy a gift for ourselves. Accessories are the name of the game, with a roster of so-hot-right-now names—Clare Vivier bags, Pamela Love jewelry—and lesser-known designers, many hailing from our own fair city. We usually head straight for the women’s shoe section, which bears a neatly edited collection of Dieppa Restrepo’s cheerfully-colored loafers, Rachel Comey booties and TenOverSix’s own brand of subtly sculptural dress pumps. The airy shop, which resembles an art gallery more than a traditional retail space, is also a great place to come for gifts. Look for kids’ gear, indie albums, small leather goods and fragrances that are hard to find anywhere else.

  1. 8425 Melrose Ave
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Best for out-of-town guests: Fred Segal

  • Price band: 3/4
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Fred Segal is perhaps the most recognizable name in LA retail, thanks to a series of high-profile shout-outs in cinematic favorites such as Clueless and Legally Blonde. With that in mind, your out-of-town houseguests will most likely want to check it out—either while shopping on Melrose Avenue or during a beach break in Santa Monica. If it’s a souvenir tote they’re after, we recommend the Melrose outpost, but if they’re just visiting to kill time before lunch, all signs point to SaMo—lauded LA burger chain Umami has a restaurant space in the store.

  1. 8118 Melrose Ave
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Best for trendsetters: Satine

  • Price band: 3/4
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Stylists, actresses and dedicated followers of fashion flock to this dollhouse-like boutique for its deep selection of labels on the rise. Though the wares here don’t come cheap—it’s rare to spot anything under $300, aside from T-shirts, denim and accessories—we love coming here just to be inspired by all of the loveliness. LA brands are well represented, from interiors maven-turned-fashion designer Kelly Wearstler to stylist Rachel Zoe, whose contemporary fashion brand reflects her signature ’70s-inspired style.

  1. 8134 W 3rd St
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Best for investment shopping: Heist

  • Price band: 3/4
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When you’re in the mood to shell out on a piece that you’ll wear for years, we recommend heading to Heist, which has our favorite range of women’s designer brands in all of Venice. Owner Nilou Ghodsi has an eye for modern classics, pulling in a cadre of brands such as Golden Goose riding boots, Henry Cuir distressed leather weekender bags and Raquel Allegra knits. Like the store itself—which is kitted out in brick, leather and wood—everything in Heist is infused with a spirit of understated, comfy chic.

  1. 1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd
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Best parties: Space 15 Twenty

  • Price band: 2/4
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Although the largest retail spaces in this mini-mall are occupied by chains (Urban Outfitters and its sister brand, Free People), we keep coming back for its rotating cast of pop-up stores and courtyard parties, which crop up on a weekly basis. From craft nights to film screenings to vintage markets, there’s always something going on—sign up for the store’s e-mail list to be kept in the loop, and be sure to bring cash for parking, as street spots in the area are scarce and the store’s lot charges a steep $2 per 30 minutes.

  1. 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
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Best for stylish gifts: Mohawk General Store

  • Price band: 3/4
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The cardinal rule of gifting states that you should give that which you would want to receive yourself. If that’s the case, this serene Silver Lake mercantile is the ideal place for present-shopping, as we’ve never left without wanting to take each and every item home. For the ladies, we suggest checking out the delicate jewelry by L.A. brands Hortense and Gabriela Artigas; candles by 370-year-old brand Cire Trudon; polygonal terrariums by Score + Solder; and printed stationary by Postalco. Also worth noting: the shop’s impressive collection of modernist furniture and lighting.

  1. 4011 W Sunset Blvd
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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.