Yesterday I accompanied my niece and my sister on a shopping trip to choose my niece’s wedding gown. Two of her recently married friends had urged her to try Los Angeles’s Fashion District as an alternative to the pricey bridal boutiques so downtown we headed.
I must admit that even though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over three decades, It’s been a very long time since I shopped downtown. I was absolutely amazed at the number of bridal boutiques, which also cater to the quinceanera crowd, and the selection and quality of the bridal gowns offered. There were so many gowns selling for below $200.00; even the Mori Lee gown which my niece favored. It was an ivory colored, empire waisted dress with a halter neckline.
Perhaps the most impressive thing of all was the helpfulness and courtesy of the sales ladies. We visited the following three stores; Joy, Valientina and Moulin Rouge which are all located near 9th and Santee streets and found the staff at each one to be very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful as they listened to my niece and made suggestions based on her body type and her vision for her perfect wedding gown.