Best Place to Buy Party Clothes (2012)

The Area

Glittery, gauzy, short-skirted, bedecked items for dancing, barhopping and dating are the core fashions at the Area, located next to the far more costly Theodore in the Commons shopping center in Calabasas. Spend 30 minutes here and you'll wish you had a party to go to this weekend. At this highly affordable, friendly shop, you can try on 20 outfits without interruption if that's what you prefer, so going with girlfriends is practically required. Tight-fitting, double-knit bright blue or taupe cocktail dresses with heavy bronze beading or faux pearl bodices glimmer on racks stuffed with sparkling, thickly sequined V-neck pullovers, one-shoulder see-through chiffon blousons and tricked-out studded jeans. The staff will help you pair items such as a see-through ivory blouse decorated with a gold-rhinestoned, good-girl collar with a pair of off-white, crocheted lace ultra-shorts. You'll need a fancy meant-to-be-seen bra — good thing the Area has those, too. 4719 Commons Way, Calabasas. (818) 225-9111 (no website).

—Jill Stewart

Location Details

4779 Commons Way
Calabasas CA 91302
818-222-3444

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