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Twin Cities boutiques are feeling understandably cautious, but as always, spring will bring new fashions and new reasons to shop. Be sure to read my Savvy Shopper column on Sunday, Jan. 11 to find out how small stores are coping with the downturn (tease: more shopping events and rewards programs to come!). Until then, here's a look at what local retailers tell me they're getting excited about:
Stephanie's: Loose, thin layering tops in pastels and neutrals paired with skinny jeans for a laid-back, untailored effect. Also, nicely-priced knit line, Smitten.
La Rue Marche: Updated '80s looks – less hippie, more pretty. Lots of yellow and teal. Continued interest in statement necklaces.
Eco-tique: Daytime dresses in bold colors and modern prints.
Goodthings: Late '60s revival with long halter dresses, skirts that graze the ground, peasant tops with lace, crocheted and embroidery detail, plus more gladiator sandals and scarves.
Elodie: Disco Big T jeans from True Religion, Sevens Crop Dojos and Dojo shorts, Hudson flares.
Sorrayah Studios: Prints, ruffled sexy tops and dresses, eco-friendly fabrics and lots of accessories.
Arafina: Vibrant colors in
everything from tees to gowns, fabulous prints and
Elan: New "green" lines, Know and EcoCentric, which plants a tree for every top, dress or jacket sold.
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I really just can not say enough about the shoe selection at La Rue Marche in Hudson, Wis. Don't get me wrong, I could buy a lot of clothes and jewelry at this feminine boutique, but every time I visit, it's the shoe table that has me oohing and aahing the most. Chic, wearable, colorful and best of all, original. You're sure to find styles and brands you won't see everywhere – or anywhere – in town. Lisa Shortridge knows what girls want to walk in, and how much we're willing to pay.
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One of the most frequent complaints I hear from women has to do with the lack of stores selling fashionable plus size clothes. So I applauded Hudson, Wis. boutique La Rue Marche for turning over half of its shop to larger sizes. I wrote about it in the Pioneer Press, I talked about it on the radio. Finally, an independent shop recognized that women of all shapes and sizes want to wear trendy, stylish clothes. Finally, curvy women could try on jeans rather than guess their size online. Finally, a shop stocked the same contemporary looks for size 18 that are available in size 8.
But store owner Lisa Shortridge just informed me that she has eliminated plus sizes already. They just didn’t sell. "Women did come in and buy," Shortridge told me, "But some of them seemed to be a little older and they were not looking for my style. Also, it was really hard to find cute merchandise from vendors. And I think these women don’t think of shopping in boutiques – maybe they’re too intimidated, which makes me sad."
Any other theories? If the women who complain about a lack of plus size options don’t support the retailers that are trying, you can’t blame stores for sticking with 0-12.
Tags: Hudson, Hudson shopping, la rue marche, pioneer press, plus size shopping, plus size Twin Cities, trendy plus size, Wis. shopping
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In case you missed my plus size fashion spread in last Sunday’s Pioneer Press, here’s a list of useful shopping resources:
La Rue Marche in Hudson, Wis. recently added a substantial selection of trendy plus-size apparel
b & lu – St. Paul-based website devoted to trendy, affordable plus size fashions
Maurices just added a plus size shop (16 to 24) in most of its stores, creating a new option for younger women looking for casual, career and dressy looks.
- Did you know that American Eagle offers extended sizes, online only?
- Great jeans: Svoboda
- Great dresses and more: Monif C. and Kiyonna
Old Navy seems to be eliminating plus sizes in stores, but the online selection is still worth a look.
- Other online resources: Igigi , Alright and Alloy
Bombshellbeauty.blogspot.com: Curvy fashionista Sara Bartlett of St. Paul offers tips and reviews of plus-size fashions.
Tags: Alloy, Alright, american eagle, B & lu, b&lu, Bombshell Beauty, curvy, Igigi, Kiyonna, la rue marche, Maurices, Monif C., old navy, plus size, plus size fashion blog, Svoboda
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