The Paper Bag Princess

Best Resale Black-Tie Gowns: August 2012

Consignors don’t sell their goods in hopes of making a fortune, and shoppers don’t go to The Paper Bag Princess to be charmed by the owner or sales staff. They go for the mother lode of couture gowns in a range of styles and for accessories that will turn them into the (budget-minded) belle of the ball. Sure, prices are steep compared with those at thrift stores, but you’re looking at vintage pieces from houses like Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Valentino. Too many choices? Head to Decades in West Hollywood for a discriminating collection from owner Cameron Silver. For less expensive items you can’t go wrong at The Way We Wore on La Brea.  » 8818 Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills.