Looking for a unique dress for the holiday season? Something that doesn’t come from the mall or look like what everyone else is wearing? It’s true that St. Louis doesn’t have a big clothing culture, but there are fashionistas among us. You’ll find clever little boutiques tucked away in every corner of the city, from Delmar in U City to midtown to Cherokee street. In these shops, the trendiest women of the city are treated to some original styles and sweet deals. Have a look.
110 N. Clay Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
If you like soulful fashions with free-spirited flair from designers like Free People and Wilt, you’ll love Blush Boutique in Kirkwood. The shop features gorgeous everyday wear, but you’ll find some formal fashions for the holidays as well. Shop for leather skirts, shorts and slacks, sequined tops, breezy palazzo pants and fun little cocktail dresses. Blush also carries the handbags and jewelry you need to complete your look. This is a shop for a woman with her own unique sense of style.
4300 Manchester Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
City Boutique, at the corner of Manchester and Tower Grove, carries women’s sizes small through 3XL to reflect a range of beautiful women (who also come in a wide variety of sizes — a fact many boutiques have overlooked). The shop offers a vast variety of formalwear for the holidays to suit your budget and style. You can even custom-order if your color or size isn’t in the store. Shoppers love City Boutique’s friendly service and full range of clothing, including lots of bodycon dressing with an edge of youth and freshness.
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3431 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Epiphany Boutique puts the va-va-voom in cutting-edge fashion. It doesn’t shy away from runway trends, like crop top formalwear, backless dresses and leather bell-bottoms. Draped jumpsuits, harem pants, micro-minis to wear with thigh-high boots, fur pieces — this is the place to shop for those exotic and exciting elements that will set you far apart from the crowd. If you take your fashion seriously, you should stop by the midtown loft and have a look around.
110 E. Jefferson Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Paperdolls fashions are sophisticated, but with a hint of sweetness. Trendy sweater dresses, lace bell-sleeve dresses, darling hats and booties abound here. Fresh designer fashions arrive every week from New York, Los Angeles and Paris to keep you up to date. The popular boutique has received “Best Boutique” and similar awards by various media all over the city. You can visit its Kirkwood store, or check out the new location at 7700 Delmar in U City.
Retro 101 Cherry Bomb Vintage
2303 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
If you prefer a pinup look, you’ll love the vintage fashions at Cherry Bomb. The store carries high-end vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s, in a clean, well-organized shop. The store carries clothing and household items, too, but the fashions really are the bomb here. Your choices on any given day might include pencil skirts, swingy dresses, fur capelets, elegant suits or cocktail dresses. The beauty is that you’ll never run into someone else wearing the same thing. These retro and rockabilly fashions are truly unique.
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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com