The mannequins in Baristaville boutiques are going sleeveless. Above, a dress from the Boxing Kitten line at Dem Two Hands on N. Fullerton in Montclair. For more on spring fashion, read Melody Kettle’s roundup of local boutique offerings after the jump.
Attention Baristaville fashionistas: Spring is in full bloom at local boutiques. Ruffles, billowy blouses, distressed denim, military chic, vintage cuts, and cowboy fashions are just a few reasons to send those cable knits and corduroys packing. Here’s just a sampling of new spring fashions you can find without driving to a mall.
If you’re after something totally different, Dem Two Hands, the ethnic chic boutique at 61 N. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, is the place. This season, it’s showcasing Boxing Kitten, a spirited, vibrant line with African patterns and vintage cuts, which can be seen on Beyonce and Alicia Keyes in their new video “Put it in a Love Song.” Dresses start at $214.
At Co Co An Experience, 206 Bellevue Ave., Montclair, you’ll find cargo bottoms by Sanctuary and Billy Blues. They also carry Joes Jeans and Current/Elliott denim, the originator of the boyfriend jean, in distressed, regular and white denim, starting at $180.
Ruby, at 27 Church St., Montclair, is home to the “jean whisperers,” who can fit almost anybody into a new pair of jeans by the second try. Ruby carries an extensive selection of denim, including Seven for All Mankind, J Brand, Hudson, and Citizens of Humanity, ranging from $90 to $185. Also look to Ruby for casual variations, ranging from army fatigue fashions to cowboy romantic.
Chez Renee, at 50 Church Street, Montclair, is pairing leggings with long tops, and adding a little whimsy with light weight cotton scarves.
Funky and affordable Culture Couture, at 53 Church Street, Montclair, carries a diverse selection of clothing for women and teens. You can pick up a Tresics T-shirt for under $20, or a pair of It Jeans, starting at $68. This spring, Culture Couture is carrying one of the biggest current trends, billowy tops with ruffles.
Story by Melody Kettle.