Tinseltown is the kind of place where you always want to sparkle or at least call attention to yourself when it comes to your regular sartorial statements. That being said, the holiday season is a particularly appropriate time for putting your best or most outrageous look forward, literally from head to toe. That said, consider a holiday party outfit and accessory shopping guide for getting your seasonal getup together, and then consider the following five places for a handful of additional and very valuable options.
8825 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
For designer label-seeking, avant-garde customers, this carefully curated outpost is a must for seeking unique holiday wearables. Your unique purchases will likely come at a lofty cost, but it will be well worth every red cent for the promise of compliments galore as that decadent Maxfield sartorial statement for both men and women makes its debut. In addition to being praised for what you’ll wear from this fancy outlet, you’ll also likely be wearing a unique look to that festive event that won’t be duplicated by anyone else.
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2306B W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
What’s the good of the upcoming holiday season without ugly sweaters to wear to informal holiday parties? This Melrose Trading Post pop-up boutique (open only on Sundays) treats tacky Christmas parties with all sorts of unforgettable pullovers and all kinds of festive cardigans — including options in both categories and some that even Bill Cosby would feel comfortable wearing. Want to rock some bling? Pick a swell sweater that literally lights up! That said, the options for ugly seem endless as the purveyors of this operation are serious about being sure their stock will shock while being a sight viewers will never forget.
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650 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
If there was ever the perfect excuse to get your hands on those famous red-souled heels worn by the rich, famous and stylish, it would be now in Tinseltown during the year’s most festive season. This charming, two-story retreat is actually a cute cottage peddling the latest Loubs in the middle of Tinseltown’s design district not far from Beverly Hills. If you go, expect impeccable service, a hallmark of this iconic and ultra high-end shoe store.
220 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Sparkle is the signature element of Judith Leiber’s festive collection, especially ideal for dressing up your holiday look. Her Rodeo Drive store is all the rage all year long but particularly these days when parties galore demand a small bauble of a decadent bedazzled purse to house the essentials as you mingle in any number of glamorous settings. Unsure? Know that Leiber’s creations are exhibited as pieces of art in the form of handbags and minaudières at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Los Angeles Museum of Art.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.