It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. While baseball legend Yogi Berra was speaking about a pennant race, he could have been referring to Minnesota winters. February finds us knee deep in the season, and there are still weeks to go until spring pops and wardrobes shed their winter blues. Thankfully, area boutique owners provide their salve to ease whatever ails a winter-weary wardrobe.
Spirits aren’t the only things that need a boost during this time of year. The Stash features Democracy jeans ($68). “These jeans lift your backside and pull your tummy in and feel like you are wearing yoga pants,” Summer Jensen, co-owner, says. The Cure’s cut-out earth green top ($34.50) snuggles in under Sunny Love’s coffee-toned, bolero vest ($38.50) with a necklace ($12.50) adding a pop of copper.
The boutique’s moniker is an intentional nod to its retail objective. “We like to think we are a secret stash of fun, trendy stuff for women,” Jensen says, who notes that shoppers of most ages will find items that are take-home worthy. “Our point is we can help anyone. We realize that women deserve to be comfortable in what they wear, but your hubbies’ leftover sweatshirts and jeans are not the only way to be comfy. Honestly, trendy fashion can be comfy, cute and not a million dollars.”
Consider a pocketed, striped shift dress ($44), paired with a puffy winter vest ($44). Add warm jeggings ($30), along with a light-weight plaid scarf ($16) and a large tote ($52) to hold all the essentials. The look is accented with a dainty gold bracelet ($14) and one of Fancy Fab Boutique’s select watches ($26).
“With spring officially a little over a month away, we choose this outfit due to the versatility and the fact that every woman loves a comfy, chic outfit that is perfect for in-between seasons,” owner Lacey Olsen says. “When you can get fashionable clothing and accessories that can make multiple outfits by adding and subtracting layers, that is the key to a great shopping trip.”
“Our slogan is ‘Every Reason to Feel Beautiful’, and that’s what we strive for,” Olsen says. “We supply our fashion of clothing and accessories from a variety of independent designers, most made right here in the USA.”
(Below left) The return of the jumpsuit wasn’t for every body—until now. The Amalli Talli private label V-neck jumpsuit ($150) features a wide-leg design, elastic waistband, front pockets and a back invisible zipper, which is ideal for a wider range of body types.
“We picked this outfit because it is one of the first pieces from our private label and probably our favorite piece thus far,” Alli Black, co-founder, says. “It is tailored to our tall bodies and comes in two different inseam lengths (35 and 37 inches). This is the first jumpsuit that I have ever been able to wear myself, so I am very passionate about this piece.”
Amalli Talli is a specialty store catering to tall women. “Our mission is to help our customers find and style clothes that fit their bodies to inspire everyday confidence,” Black says.
(Above right) Outerwear can run its course, but the staff at Mainstream Boutique offers a way to stay warm and on trend—light-weight ponchos ($30-$45), whose heavier versions have flown off Mainstream’s racks all winter.
“They come in a variety of colors and can be very versatile in transition seasons,” owner Dawn Reinke says, who also suggests packing the cloaks for spring break travel. Ponchos allow for ease in layering textures and fabric weights, depending on weather’s mood of the day.
The shop strives to help women look and feel good. “We love to empower women,” Mainstream’s Jane Friedman says. The boutique offers fashions and accessories for a wide scope of women. “Whether you are young or young at heart, you will walk away looking and feeling fabulous,” she says.