What to Wear There: Barton G

A highly stylized take on dining calls for an outfit with personality

Before I was invited to dinner at Barton G, I was a little intimidated by their Alice In Wonderland take on dining. At the La Cienega restaurant, Filet Mignons leave the kitchen with swords, popcorn shrimp is presented in an old-timey popcorn machine, and cotton candy desserts are served atop a bust of Marie Antoinette—they don’t do subtle and effortless.

Turns out my apprehensions were unfounded, however; I’ve never had so much fun at a fancy restaurant in my life. Barton G is the dining equivalent of a Queen Latifah movie—a little cheesy but incredibly satisfying—and there is something wonderful about being filled with wonder every time a dish arrives at your table. I couldn’t help but be entertained by the presentation and p.s., neither could Will Ferrell, who was celebrating a birthday with his brood at the next table.

I knew I wanted to wear something whimsical to this spot so I pulled out a black croc dress from Cameo The Label’s Spring 2014 collection that I recently scored at Crossroads Trading Co. on Melrose. This is one of those dresses that makes me feel special—like Sailor Moon meets Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider. I was saving it for a premiere or a screening or some other showbiz event where I’d want to feel sexy, but then I decided that life is short and good dresses are plentiful, so why wait. This particular dress is no longer available but Cameo has plenty of inspired designs.

I paired the dress with pony hair boots from Shoemint, my Rovi Moss satchel, and a very ‘70s black, white, and gold Ted Rossi cuff. While sipping a miniature Mexican hot chocolate and nibbling on churros I slipped on a Forever 21 sweater to complete the end-of-night mood.

Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.