First-time visitors to LA are often surprised at the lack of so-called Hollywood glamour on our streets: So much messy beach hair! Denim galore! Not the case at Decades, a vintage and designer consignment shop that’s orchestrated countless red carpet moments over the last 15 years. Expect a mix of show-stopping vintage gowns fit for awards season; late-20th century day dresses and skirt suits plucked from socialites’ overflowing closets; and a host of pristine pieces from more recent runway seasons, including names like Chanel, Prada and Christian Louboutin—all for under $300.
In a city with so much sprawl, shopping in Los Angeles can be tricky. But Melrose Avenue is one of those rare shopping destinations with some of the best shops for every need. After all, where else can you park once and find styles for both a posh black-tie museum gala and a punk show at the Echo? Here, we break down two ways to shop this eclectic strip—for luxury lovers, and for those who take their style cues from the street.