Sunday, March 15, 2009

I Heart Glamour Closet

After the high-end retail boutique, JT and I headed off for a completely different kind of shopping experience. Glamour Closet is a shop in West Hollywood that sells designer samples. I really, really wish that something like this existed in San Diego, so that I wouldn't have to tell like-minded brides to trek up to LA, but it's totally worth the trek. I was amazed by which designers they had in stock and the condition of each gown (most were practically brand new -- there was only one that I tried on that had visible damage, and it could be easily repaired). Plus, the staff was so incredibly helpful! Once you arrive, they give you ribbons to mark which gown you want to try on. Then, they let you browse on your own, at your own pace. You select the gowns, and they bring them to the dressing rooms where they help you try them on.

For the first gown, I'm sorry to say that I didn't write down who the designer was. That's because even though it's a gorgeous gown, I didn't think it was right for our bohemian garden wedding. Too formal. But a great find for someone else.

Next, Reem Acra. This is a gown that retails for about 5K that they are are selling for nearly 50% off.

I was so excited to see that Glamour Closet had Jenny Packham gowns! I adore her designs, but figured I'd never be able to afford them. The retail on these that I tried on is between $3,500 and $5,000, but were being sold here for only about $2,000. Here is the "Swoon" gown.

As you can see, very daring. I love how the shape looks on me, but I'm worried that it's a bit TOO daring.

Here's is the Jenny Packham "Anne." I think this was JT's favorite of the day.

I almost wish I hadn't found so many great's just making the decision so much harder!
One more gown I'd like to share is by Elizabeth Fillmore. I love how avant garde it is. What doesn't translate well in the pictures is the bottom of the dress. It's adorned with these rough lace strips. Super cool. I wish it looked a little better on me.

So, now's your time to weigh in. What are your favorites from this trip?


  1. I think that the "Swoon" and "Anne" are my 2 favorites. Very cool find with the shop! I'd go to LA for those deals! :)

  2. Word, Spencer! The "Anne" dress that he liked seems to be getting a lot of votes.

  3. Candice, I love both the Reem Acra and the Jenny Packham "Anne" - either way, I don't think you could go wrong! Both are gorgeous on you.

  4. I love Jeff's favorite, followed closely by the "swoon" dress. :)