Their selection is second to none and they carry all the big names including the best collection of Chanel I've ever seen under one roof.

Decades Melrose

The shopaholic in me has been so excited because I recently discovered a new favourite store in LA where fashion dreams come true (!) and I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it.  Decades on Melrose (opposite the famous pink Paul Smith shop)  is the ultimate high end consignment come vintage store.  Their selection is second to none and they carry all the big names including the best collection of Chanel I’ve ever seen under one roof.

From the moment I’ve walked in I knew I wouldn’t be coming out empty handed!  Their stock can be divided into two categories, vintage and neo-vintage.  Neo-vintage is anything from approximately the last ten years and are usually big labels, such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balmain and Dior, etc.  Most pieces are in perfect to almost perfect condition.  In amongst their vintage stock, which is usually dated around the 1900s to 1930s, you can find the likes of Biba, Ossie Clark, Halston, Galliano, Pucci, YSL and the list goes on.  There is plenty to look at and I advise combing through all the rails as carefully as possible so not to miss anything.

Most of their items are on the pricier side which is to be expected given it’s premium location and high end clientele.  Having said that there a few real diamonds hidden in amongst the store which I felt were reasonably priced for what they were.  When looking at the price tickets you just need to remember you are buying iconic pieces from the most exclusive fashion houses in the world who are using the best craftsmanship and quality.  The truth is shopping at Decades is about buying investment pieces which will last a lifetime so you should expect to pay higher end prices.

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I ended up walking away with two very special pieces.  The first was a vintage Chanel tweed jacket in my favourite colour, pink.  There is no other item of clothing I can think of which transcends style, time and age more gracefully than a Chanel jacket.

I tried on quite a few different ones but this was the one which stood out to me.  It’s cropped hem gives it almost a bomber jacket look.  It has a very relaxed and youthful feel to it which is more on the unusual side.  I know I’ll get maximum wear out of it whether it be with jeans, over a summer dress or even for a black tie event.  It’s so versatile!  I’m certain I’ll be wearing this jacket for the next 30+ years.

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It has all the iconic Chanel characteristics, such as the embossed buttons, silk lining, ever so slightly cropped sleeves and a small chain placed on the interior side of the jacket enabling it to hang properly without losing shape.

I don’t usually like to talk about how much I pay for things but in this case I’m going to share as I want to give you an idea of Decade’s pricing and I know someone will probably end up asking anyway.  This jacket was marked for $1150 and I ended up paying $900 (excluding sales tax) for it.  I’ll explain why I ended up paying less in my Decades, Melrose Ave: Part 2 post, so watch this space!

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Outfit Details: Jacket – Chanel (similar HERE & HERE) | Jeans – Topshop (find HERE) | Shirt – Equipment (similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes – Valentino (similar HERE and HERE) | Necklace – Chanel (similar HERE & HERE) | Bag – Chanel (similar HERE) | Microbag – Fendi (similar HERE)

Sorry for all the photos but wanted to show off every bit of my new jacket as much as possible, I’m just so in love with it! It’s probably my second favourite piece in my wardrobe. Definitely keep an eye out for Part 2 to see the second piece I treated myself to and my number 1 favourite item in my wardrobe!

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