In the City of Angels, it's not uncommon to be invited to extremely fancy parties and events with little to no notice. Enter One Night Affair. Open since 1984, it's an appointment-only establishment that carries more than 5,000 gowns in sizes 0-30. Specializing in bridal, prom and cocktail dresses, it also carries seemingly every matching accessory imaginable, from bags to jewelry, while on-site seamstresses offer inexpensive alterations for a perfect fit every time. The retail prices of the dresses range from $800 to $12,000, yet you can rent these luxury numbers for as little as $100 (or as much as $1,000, if your tastes run to the super-luxurious). The price includes the necessary dry cleaning, and you can even purchase insurance on your rental for a set low price. With a courteous and knowledgeable staff, this place has lots of celebrity clientele but makes any commoner feel like a glamorous VIP, right when you need it most. 1726 S. Sepulveda Blvd., W.L.A., 90025. (310) 474-7808, —Anna Jones

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