Dressy bessys who aren't stereotypical S'Lake waifs should check out Matrushka Construction, where each piece is handmade right there on the premises and tailored to fit if needed. The superflattering dress designs go for a little more than $100, but an equally fetching look-at-me T-shirt can be had for a lot less, and tailored in entirely different ways. The shop's “T-Construction” nights offer patrons the chance to make their own shirt designs in a party atmosphere. Choose from an assembly line of swatches and statement patches, many with a DIY (obviously), eco-friendly and anti-Bush bent. So-o-o Silver Lake.

—Lina Lecaro

LA Weekly