Want a deal? Look no further. Beta Boutique
offers samples and overruns for anywhere
from 40 to 90 percent off. It's the sample
sale experience within a boutique environment
(read: no lines, pushing, or communal
dressing rooms). Open Thursday through
One of our favorite stores (recently relocated to Wicker Park) is now online,
featuring the designs of up-and-coming
Kelly Whitesell and Elizabeth Del Castillo
as well as pieces by other independent
Hunter and The
Creative street fashion from globetrotting
photographers. Great sites to get fresh
Very chic (and pricey) Wicker Park shop
modeled after lifestyle boutiques in Tokyo
and Paris. Owner Heiji Choy chooses lines
with a modern, architectural bent, like
Vanessa Bruno, Isabel Marant, and Jasmine Shokrian. She
also carries necklaces by local designer
Soo Choi. Good seasonal sales too.
Both fashion-forward and more basic styles
are on the racks at this Wicker Park store,
which features up-and-coming designers
from the Chicago area and elsewhere.
Custom-made wedding dresses from two wonderful
Chicago designers, Holly Greenhagen and
Julie Fehler. Check out their gorgeous
examples, or design your own.
One of the most popular shoe stores in Chicago, not least
because most sizes are already out on
the floor and you can try on different
styles to your heart's content. Prices
range from about $50 to a couple hundred
Last season's designer leftovers on sale, with a good return policy.
This season's designer clothes, plus some
sale items. Good photo layouts too. This
is best for buying hard-to-find items,
as the dollar/pound exchange rate can
make some items pretty expensive.
The home of Vogue and W. Great coverage
of fashion weeks in New York and Europe.
The style page of the New York Times.
Their coverage is excellent, as you might
Suzy Menkes of the International Herald
Tribune is one of the most influential
fashion critics in the world. If nothing
else, reading the IHT makes one feel oh
Eric the Friendly Parisian offers a daily
glimpse of the City of Light. He's also
responsible for inspiring the other daily
photo blogs around the globe that are
links on his site. Caution: may be addictive.
The next time you're visiting the City
of Lights, let an expert show you hidden
treasures--whether you're looking for
French fashion or exotic pastries.