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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 Sunday only.
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 designers.

Face Hunter and The Sartorialist
Creative street fashion from globetrotting photographers. Great sites to get fresh ideas!
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 dollars.
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 expect..
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 so cosmopolitan.

Paris Daily Photo
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.

Chic Shopping Paris
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.