California Vintage Dress Dreaming

California vintage dress dreaming is all about sourcing beautiful vintage dresses something we do at we select dresses. Having sourced vintage  dresses and new womenswear fashion designers in Los Angeles for many years, we just love it and dream about when our next trip will be.  We pick up our convertible, which is a ‘must have’ with the gorgeous sunny weather and its only a 45 min drive along the Pacific coast highway passing through quaint Santa Monica, the blue shining ocean on one side and the amazing hills and canyons on the other.

Venturing up one of these beautiful windy canyon roads one day with pine trees and mountains on either side, we discovered a small hippy town with simple buildings dotted either side of the canyon road.

Topanga Canyon a hippy hangout in the 60’s and 70’s,  It was here that we discovered one of our favorite shops to visit ‘Hidden Treasures‘ and a hidden treasure it certainly is. You enter an Aladdin’s cave of the most Beautiful Vintage finds! an array of Californian vintage dresses from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Discovering that dream Californian vintage dress off the beaten track and special is the ethos of We Select Dresses and that’s exactly what we love to do.

Featured image: Anja Niemi – The Trunk

California Vintage Dress : Spanish Moss

Image: Vintage dress @ Spanish Moss

The treasure hunt begins for those beautiful Californian vintages dresses

Entering the store your eyes are greeted by an array of weird and wonderful objects from ornate 50s lamps to floppy 70s hats and of course the most important, those beautiful vintage dresses. This eclectic mix of 70s hippy dresses,  60s bright floral shift dresses transports you back to the hey days of this special area.  Discovering something off the beaten track and special is the ethos of We Select Dresses  and that’s exactly what we love to do!

California Vintage Dress
California Vintage Dress

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Vintage Topanga Canyon in the glory days.

From the mid 1960s to the early 1970s some of the best known names in folk rock including Jim Morrison the Mamas and the Paps, Carole King and the Eagles to name a few either lived or regularly visited Topanga Canyon, with many well known songs being conceived. The area has always been popular as a get away from the tinsel town of Hollywood, getting back to nature and the simple life. Which is why it has always been a bit of a hippy enclave that has attracted the free thinking artistic type.

The ethos of re using fits perfectly with the Canyon folk, which is why vintage clothing and Hidden Treasures is so popular and loved, which is great for us as we can buy those amazing original Vintages Dresses that were there back in the day.

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The magic of The Inn Of The Seventh Ray

Eating in Topanga Canyon turned out to be another fabulous experience when we found a magical restaurant set back off the old Topanga Canyon road called the Inn Of The Seventh Ray. Dining outside among the trees at this organic heaven, on a warm afternoon at a table overlooking a beautiful creek with a view of the forest was wonderful.

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Cool styling of the Californian vintages dress

Malibu Beach Inn

We always stay at the Malibu Beach Inn (when they have availability) its within walking distance of Malibu Colony where celebrities have their Ocean front homes and its only a 10 minute walk away from another one of our favorite restaurants Nobu Malibu which is the perfect hangout to wear your Californian vintage dress find. The Malibu Beach Inn is a small boutique hotel with 47 rooms situated right on the beach front with the ocean only feet away. Each room has its own private balcony overlooking the ocean, great for Whale, Dolphin and Surfer Dude watching!