Floral Dress for Shopping on Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

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Melrose, oh, Melrose. This is the street that I have to visit every time I am in Los Angeles. The Western side of Melrose is the part that you would find me in….shopping bags slung across my shoulders and all. From premium designer brands to buyer shops to vintage boutiques, this street has it all. A ton of brunch and dinner spots are also around the area, located in West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

Last week, I took my bestie Caroline out shopping on Melrose. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we both wore color palettes reminiscent of the season – blue with colorful prints on me, white and orange on Caroline.

My floral print dress is a new purchase from Zara. At $40 USD, this dress is a steal for a statement-making summer staple. The v-neck in the front and back add an interesting detail to the dress. The wide sleeves give an airy feel. The dress cinches at the waist then flows out, creating a shape that is flattering on most bodies. Tropical flowers in white, orange and blue spread across the dress. Et voilà, the summer essential piece is born. 

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I paired the outfit with a pair of Uggs sandals. The low platform ensures that I can walk 10,000+ steps during my retail therapy session. The strap on the ankle ensures the shoes stay on comfortably.

I still remember the last time I was in LA (October of last year) I was obsessed with chokers made in leather or suede. The new choker trend for the summer is all about the layering of thin chains, either in gold or silver. Here, I layered two gold chokers I bought online. 

Caroline is wearing a white tee with textural interest. The shoulder and sleeves are in mesh while the rest is in cotton. A fun twist on a simple white tee. The orange skirt extends to just below the knee, and it has a small slit in the middle for ease of movement. And finally, a flat sandal to finish off the outfit. Comfort is really the key when it comes to a serious shopping day!

backyard bowls acai bowls

Taking a short break from shopping, we went to Backyard Bowls for some acai bowls. Comparing to the acai bowls in Shanghai (and there is really only ONE store in Shanghai that does it well), the bowls here in LA are gigantic – in terms of the bowl size and how much ingredients they put into the bowls. Seriously, the best choice for a healthy afternoon snack. 

We dropped by the Reformation party held at their store. Sipped on champagne, made flower crowns, and shopped the new spring collection.

Reformation is one of my favorite LA brands. Almost all of their products are designed and manufactured in downtown LA, made with sustainable methods and materials. While lessening the environmental impact, the design aesthetics is kept and continually elevated. Their clothes generally cost $100-$200, and all are limited edition. 

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Since Melrose is my favorite street in LA, I’ve found some boutiques and stores here that I go back again and again. Let me know if you’re interested in getting that list!

 

Travel Tips

  • Even if LA isn’t your home base, you’ve probably heard about how important it is for you to have a car here. Car rental is my go-to option just because you can always leave a cardigan in the car (the temperature drops significantly at night) and leave your shopping bags in the trunk. However, Uber/Lyft is also a convenient option if you’re staying in Central LA.
     
  • And speaking of driving, parking is also an important subject. You can find meter parking on Melrose. I’ve never really had problems finding a spot even on weekends. For flagship stores (such as the Theory and Paul Smith on Melrose), they usually come with their own parking area, located on the side or at the back of the stores. Search them out!
     
  • Unfortunately, a lot of the stores on Melrose aren’t located side by side (after all, Melrose is an avenue, not a mall.) I always plan out my routes on Google Map beforehand so I don’t backtrack. With that said, be prepared to move your car many times in order to get to the stores you want.
     
  • There are many brunch/dinner/cafés close to the shops on Melrose. Let your feet take a rest after hours of shopping!

Outfit Details

On me

Dress: Zara
Shoes: Uggs
Bag: Dior
Sunglasses: Chanel
Necklaces: Bao Style

On Caroline

Top: Express (Similar Here)
Skirt: Marzia
Shoes: Steve Madden (Similar Here)
Bag: Lapalette

 

Style Advice

  • Melrose is one of those streets where you can dress like a Kardashian or a hipster and no one will blink an eye. Play with your outfits and showcase your personal style!
     
  • Since you’ll be taking your clothes off many times during the day (to change into new clothes, of course), make sure you put yourself in outfits that are easy to take off!
     
  • Following the previous point, I always try and wear nude and
    seamless undergarments since they don’t show no matter what
    clothes I try on.