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Best Women’s Wear Clothing Stores In Chicago

October 4, 2010 2:57 PM

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Often times savvy shoppers overlook fabulous women’s wear stores, particularly special to this wonderful city. Listed below are a variety of standout women’s wear clothing stores and boutiques every local woman should visit. - Renita S. Manley-Garrett

Le Dress

1741 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-9899
www.ledresschicago.com

For the woman that needs a dress (and desperately), the name of this convenient boutique says it all. Eva and Robyn Anderson, sister-in-laws, are the owners of Le Dress, which carries a collection of affordable hip dresses, and dresses only. Styles range from laidback, casual designs by Gypsy 05 to ABS by Allen Swartz’s red carpet gowns. With such an array of incredibly designed dresses, any woman will find the perfect dress for any occasion at Le Dress.

Ikram

873 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-1000
www.ikram.com

For style and elegance, visit Ikram. Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, this upscale boutique offers the classically chic woman refined fashions from top designers including the glamorous Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, and Martin Margiela. Exquisite couture and world-renowned avant-garde designs make this upscale boutique unrivaled.

Bronzeville Boutique by Lady Mocha

4259 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 891-4473
www.bronzevilleboutique.com

“We don’t sell clothes, we dress people” is the motto of Bronzeville Boutique by Lady Mocha. This trendy gem finally made its debut in the historical Bronzeville neighborhood in 2009 after nearly 20 years of existence in fashion retail. The prevailing brand at Bronzeville Boutique is the urban street chic Lady Mocha. Other local and indie brands include the curvy girl’s favorite, PZI Jeans and the ultra-hip, Zimajah eyewear. Bronzeville Boutique’s cutting-edge designs, 0-4x sizes, and bold apparel have made this new boutique an instant local favorite.

Sarca

710 North Wabash Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-0900
www.shopsarca.com

Sarca carries a variety of fashionable garb by designers attuned with what’s current without being obviously trendy. This boutique brings to you the same posh designs you’ll find on A-List celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé. The romantically chic designs of Australian brand Zimmermann and the absolutely fabulous Ruthie Davis, known for her cutting-edge shoe designs, can be found at this boutique, thus making keeping up with Hollywood effortless when you visit Sarca.

Dress-Up Inc.

1937 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-7780
www.dressup-boutique.com

Can’t make it all the way to Forever 21? Then visit Dress-Up Inc. boutique in Bucktown. Originally an online boutique, Dress-Up made its debut in Chicago May of 2010. Since then, it has quickly become a priority destination for locals looking to find a hip outfit. Dress-Up Inc. hosts an array of brands including the casually glamorous designs by BB Dakota, Mystic, and Eight Sixty, a designer brand worn by fashionista and Reality T.V star Khloe Kardashian. Each item in Dress-Up Inc. is fairly priced, making this trendy boutique a must visit.

Hubba Hubba

3309 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-1414
www.hubbahubbachicago.com

Once you enter this Lake View boutique, you will certainly feel the romance in the air. A seamless mix of romance and casual, Hubba Hubba is ideal for the feminine woman who embraces the laid-back and classic aspects of her style. As a staple in the Lake View community, Hubba Hubba has a loyal customer base and is always abreast with the current trends, yet never steers too far from its signature looks.

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Eclectica by Vika Brown

1006 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-9929
www.eclectica.com

Vika Brown’s line and boutique, Eclectica, is chic to say the least. Vika uses bold fabrics and high chroma, yet toned and neutral colors for many of her pieces. A recipient of the Macy’s Distinction in Design Award, Vika’s designs are perfectly effortless, simply sleek, and exude sophistication. Other Chicago and noteworthy designers, whose line and influence you can find in Eclectica, are Michelle Tan, Maggie Ward, and the remarkable Orlando Espinoza.

2 Sisters Boutique

1167 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-6677
www.shop2sisters.com

For the fashionable woman in the West Loop area looking for a stylish ensemble, 2 Sisters Boutique is for you. Modish designs by Easley, the L.A.-based sophisticated line C. Luce, and designs by A Piece of Couture, a Chicagoland fashion designer, are among many of the appealing brands you will find for well under $100.00. And with these prices, you won’t compromise style or a current look. If you are not in Chicago, visit their other location in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Clothes Minded

1735 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3402
www.clothesmindedchicago.com

Looking for some quality wardrobe essentials that are multi-functional? Clothes-Minded has just what you need. Basics are a must for anyone’s wardrobe, and this Bucktown boutique is full of them. Timeless designs that can easily be incorporated into anyone’s attire affirm their motto “every day wear for the urban girl.”

Handle With Care

1706 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 751-2929
www.handlewithcarechicago.com

A Chicago staple for over 30 years, Handle With Care is a leading boutique in Chicago’s Old Town. Aimed for the woman with a more classic style, this large boutique offers a variety of clothing options at a moderate price. But don’t fret; if classic is not your style, Handle With Care has other selections that are more modern, offering a perfect blend of classic and contemporary.

Renita S. Manley-Garrett is a Chicago and Chicago-land based Image/Wardrobe Consultant and the owner of Revamped Image Consulting. She specializes in personal shopping, styling, and offers a variety of image and wardrobe based services. Visit her website at www.revampedimageconsulting.com.

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