‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and if you’re like most people, you probably have quite a few to attend before the year is out. But what should you wear? From the classic little black dress to ugly sweaters, keep the following list of unique clothing stores in mind when it’s time to find a new outfit.
Belly Dance Maternity
1647 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
If you’re pregnant, you may feel the only thing you can wear to a holiday party is a tent. But that’s where Belly Dance Maternity comes in. Located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, the store features a wide selection of stylish maternity dresses that you can wear to your next holiday soiree or get-together with friends. You can also put together a more casual outfit, too, as Belly Dance also carries jeans, pants, sweaters, button-down shirts and coats. Maybe you’d like to use your non-pregnancy clothes for your next holiday party; if that’s the case, you can pick up a BellaBand at Belly Dance, too.
The Brown Elephant
3020 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Whether you’re looking for a quick ensemble for a last-minute party or you need an ugly holiday sweater for a themed get-together with friends, consider taking a look at The Brown Elephant, a resale shop in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. You can pick up clothing for you and your family in an assortment of styles and sizes, or peruse the selection of accessories so you can add the right amount of sparkle to your outfit. The Brown Elephant has additional locations in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, and in suburban Oak Park.
Christmas Sweater Depot
4268 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60641
Leave the competition in the dust during your next ugliest holiday sweater contest by picking up a sweater or sweatshirt from the veteran-owned Christmas Sweater Depot. What can you expect? According to the store’s owner and president Joey Dunne, shoppers will see a lot of 3-D holiday sweaters with plenty of embellishments, as well as sweaters that light up. “We want you to win your ugly holiday sweater contest, so we’ll make them as ugly as we can,” he said. Sweaters and sweatshirts are available in children’s sizes, too, and the store also has t-shirts and leggings. A second storefront is located at 5644 W. Dempster Ave. in Morton Grove, and both locations are projected to open in the last week of November. Check out Christmas Sweater Depot’s website for more information.
Knee Deep Vintage
1425 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Head to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood and check out Knee Deep Vintage for a unique addition to your wardrobe. The store sells clothing for men and women that’s from as far back as the 1920s, so you can be assured that the outfit you pick out will stand out from the crowd at your next holiday party. You can put together an entire ensemble at Knee Deep, as it also offers accessories and shoes. Consider mixing and matching styles from different decades, or simply add a bit of vintage to an existing outfit with an accessory.
824 Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Make a grand entrance to your next soiree by including a great new pair of shoes with your ensemble. Lori’s Shoes features an assortment of shoe styles perfect for any number of occasions, including boots, heels, flats and shoes for an evening out with friends, and carries some shoes for men, too. The store also carries accessories and clothing. In addition to its store in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, Lori’s Shoes has locations in Northfield and Highland Park, and in Bethesda, Md. For location information, check out the store’s website.
Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.