Holiday fashions may come and go, but that’s no reason not to embrace them while they’re here. This year, holiday fashion embraces the quirky style of second-hand sweaters along with the trendy style of the New York runways. Don’t wear the same green dress that makes you look like a Christmas tree. This year, find something in your budget that helps you make a splash at the Christmas office party. Whatever you feel confident in, these stores will help you locate the perfect holiday party outfit.
2408 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Located on a trendy corner of Uptown Minneapolis, this vintage store carries the best styles from the last century. All the fashions that were and were not are on display at Via’s. Recycle much-loved wardrobes and become the trendiest person at your lamest party and the most stylish at your coolest party. Pick out a pair of shoes and a scarf to match, or have fun with the unique selection of hats. Have some old stuff lying around? Bring it in to sell or swap out for a new addition.
5014 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55410
Find fashions straight off the runways of New York and London at Bumbershute. This boutique in Edina brings fashions from famous designers that are hard to find outside of LA and New York. Bumbershute carries women’s clothing and accessories from well-known names in the fashion industry and the staff is comprised of those very knowledgeable about the latest trends and designs. Consult with a member of the Bumbershute team for the perfect outfit to wear at your party. Don’t pass up matching purses, jewelry and hats to go along with your ensemble.
4300 W. 36 1/2 St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Second Debut is an upscale secondhand store that shares its profits with the community and helps support Minnesotans with disabilities. Feel good about shopping here by looking great and supporting a great mission while you’re there. Designer fashions are on display along with unique clothing that matches the unique individual. Pick up some shoes, accessories or some household art while you’re there. The store is organized like an art gallery and the selection will amaze you.
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Edina, MN 55435
Enjoy one-stop shopping in the middle of Edina at the Galleria. Filled with 30-plus stores of underwear, outerwear, shoes, accessories and anything else you can wear, the Galleria is a favorite shopping destination for the fashionista. Find yourself in the middle of a difficult decision with so many places that offer the most trendy and unique fashions of the season. The staff at the Galleria is extremely helpful and dedicated to helping you find the perfect outfit. Make sure you have a lot of time to make your selection because it will be hard to narrow it down.
Windwhisper West Kimono Gallery
128 Main St.
Wabasha, MN 55981
Be completely different at your next holiday gathering with a fine silk kimono. Wabasha, Minn. hosts the only kimono art gallery in the country. Find a comfortable and stylish kimono from its selection of traditional pieces, designer kimono, wedding dress and even custom-made options. Each kimono is made of the best silk and is decorated with delicate and masterful embroidery. Make a statement that you are cultured and fashionable this year.
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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.