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South Moon Under

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14 Post Road East, Westport
http://www.southmoonunder.com

Born from a surf shack in 1968, South Moon Under honors it roots by selling swimsuits year ‘round. Which is fabulous for those of you itching for a mid-winter bikini spree. Personally, I try to avoid that kind of reality (and many others, including my birthday, dirty toilets, and the tower of mail and overdue library books on my kitchen counter.)

If you don’t want a bikini but you want to show skin, they’ve got you covered. Tiny cut-offs, pleather crop tops, patterned halters. If the sight of your pasty thighs in short-shorts sends you screaming for a maxi-dress, you’re in luck: they’ve got those, too. Colorful ones. So you can cover up. Sort of.

There are all sorts of fun, relaxed clothing appropriate for a privileged teenager or working twenty-something on vacation. If you don’t like what you see, wait a week. New clothing and different designers will keep you and your budget in a constant state of wonder.

Robin’s note: The entire bottom floor is a sale room! It’s kind of empty now, but it won’t be for long. Retailers tend to overestimate the number of rayon-blend dresses and novelty sweaters it takes to saturate our market.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Moms of teens, shopping for themselves or for their teen daughter.

Their specialty: Swimsuits, sundresses, bold jewelry, and colorful tops.

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Fashion     Westport    
Monday, March 31, 2014 • Permalink

Brandy Melville

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375 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
142 Main Street, Westport
http://www.brandymelvilleusa.com

I tend to dismiss teen apparel shops for the cheesy, over-priced, slutty clothes. So I’m always flummoxed when I find myself in one of their fitting rooms trying to yank their leggings over my… well, you get the picture. And so it was with Italy-based Brandy Melville when they rolled into town.

Sure, they have the requisite barely-there tops and crotch-grazing skirts. But their sweatshirts and oversized-tops are super-comfy and flattering, their jewelry is cute and cheap, and their suede fringe backpack is pretty cool. Quality’s decent, too.

Robin’s note: Their “One Size Fits Most” policy is a tad distressing. I mean, with pants the girth of a garden hose, I assume “most” refers to the population of Somalia. Before blazing American frontier their policy was “One Size Fits All.” So when they get a toehold in the midwest it’ll probably be “One Size.”

Their specialty: Loose-fitting tops, angora sweaters, and tight bottoms.

What you should buy: Sweatshirts and over-sized tees, jewelry for teen gifts.

What you may not know but should:
  - All materials are eco-friendly.
  - Sororities are encouraged to schedule private shopping nights in any location.
  - Yes, everything is “One Size Fits Most” and has been for the past 30 years.

Fashion     Greenwich     Westport    
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 • Permalink

Designer Label Consignment

Designer Label Consignment

1344 Post Road East, Westport

Despite what the past few store write-ups may lead one to believe, my goal in life is not to troll the county for vintage clothing stores. But given the economy and my penchant for high-end designer clothing I can’t afford, it seems like a pretty good idea right now.

Which leads me to this place. I’ve driven by it a million times and it was only when I had to bring my car in for repairs (in the attached strip mall) that I decided to pop in. The first thing I spotted was a cotton Pucci dress for $95 and I cried out to the manager, “I’ve never been in before but I’m so excited I’m finally here!” She… didn’t share my enthusiasm and I stood there smiling like a mentally challenged golden retriever. A gorgeous pair of embroidered Manolos for $110 and a Stella McCartney dress for $45 heightened my solitary utopia, as did the $35 Marni top, Stella shorts, and Etro silk blouse.

Seeing a Chico’s cardigan broke my heart (please people: stop abusing the hard-won “Designer” appellation!), but a nearby row of Akris suits for $175 and a St. John suit for $110 were the threads that mended the fickle little muscle of mine back together.

Robin’s note: As I strode toward the dressing rooms with my bonanza, the manager stopped me and whispered of the elderly man occupying one of the two rooms, “Wait until he leaves. He’s very sweet, but the curtains separating the rooms are sheer and he likes to peek.” THANK YOU, SALES MANAGER.

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Consignment     Fashion     Westport    
Monday, January 13, 2014 • Permalink

Roundabout

Roundabout, Westport

606 Post Road East, Westport
48 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich

If $60 Manolo Blahniks and $150 Gaultier suits send a riotous, teeming pack of non-sexual pheromones to your brain, then Roundabout is going to make you very, very happy.

Robin’s note: Try on everything before purchasing and make sure the shoes stay on your feet: just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s wearable. And they don’t return ANYTHING.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Moms who love to shop.

Their specialty: Chanel suits and overstock Shin Choi.

What you should buy: The mint condition Etro/Prada/Gucci/de la Renta (etc.) hiding in the racks on the left side of the store.

What you may not know but should:
1. Consignments are only accepted with original sales receipt.
2. Cut-rate deals are even crazier when they’re clearing out seasonal merchandise, so go late fall/late spring.
3. Chanel rarely, if ever, gets further discounts. So don’t hold your breath.

Consignment     Fashion     Greenwich     Westport    
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 • Permalink

Dovecote

Dovecote, Westport

56 Post Road East, Westport

A gorgeous interior design boutique, yes, but lets focus on the key attraction: luscious, scrumptious, over-the-top and just-perfect jewelry.

Robin’s note: Many of the designer collections are rare birds for this neck of the woods, so whims of comparison shopping are just that: whims.

Their specialty: Statement bracelets and necklaces.

What you should buy: Delicate drop necklaces and chandelier earrings.

What you may not know but should: You’re probably familiar with Dovecote’s near-legendary warehouse sales. If you decide to fight the maddening throngs for cut-rate prices on home décor, do so—but know the best baubles never go bargain basement. http://www.dovecote-westport.com

Fashion     Westport    
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 • Permalink

Wave

107 Main Street, New Canaan

Boutique with gobs of terrific jewelry (much of it designer, some if it fine) at all price points, and drips and drabs of almost everything else.

Robin’s note: Fun store, but crowded and lacking focus: jewelry, dishes, glassware, a few racks of clothes, cluttered wall o’ baby gifts, etc.

Who’ll you’ll see shopping here: People who need gifts for women of all ages.

Their specialty: Jewelry.

What you should buy: Jewelry or baby gifts.

What you may not know but should: I found the exact same shirt I admired in a store a block away - $8 less at Wave.

Fashion     New Canaan    
Monday, June 20, 2011 • Permalink

Madewell

256 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich

If Lucky Jeans and J. Crew had a fully-formed love child, Madewell would be it.

Robin’s note: Their striped cardigans are perfectly roomy.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 20 to 50 who want something more casual (and cheaper) than J. Crew, but less “I wish I were a hippy” than Lucky.

Their specialty: Jeans and boots.

What you should buy: Long striped cardigans and Hunter rain boots.

What you may not know but should:
  1. Madewell and J. Crew share a CEO: Mickey Drexler.
  2. In Greenwich, the longest inseam measurement is 34. In Manhattan it’s 36. Evidently legs grow longer in the city.

Fashion     Greenwich    
Thursday, June 16, 2011 • Permalink

Lucy’s

Lucy's, Westport

48 Post Road East, Westport

A lovely boutique with pricey day-to-evening attire and a solid designer selection. I wish someone would re-write their website copy, but I digress.

Robin’s note: I bought a pair of Paige Denim jeans at a whopping 13% discount. Their sales rarely qualify as such.

Who shops here: Moms who need a cocktail dress for themselves or a hip, expensive prom dress for their daughters.

What’s their specialty: DVF dresses and colorful silky tops.

What you should buy: They have an impressive selection of chic hard-to-find blazers and jackets.

What you may not know but should: Girls’ Night Out! Lucy’s will entertain you and your friends while you shop with drinks, snacks, and mini-manicures. Yes, manicures. While you try on clothes. Not sure how that works, but I trust their judgment.
http://www.lucysanswers.com

Fashion     Westport    
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 • Permalink

Tina Dragone

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1687 Post Road, Westport

This oddly located store houses fun bits and pieces of “now” designers, as well as costume jewelry, ever-popular Alexis Bittar, and lots of t-shirts. The staff is helpful if you don’t have kids.

Robin’s note: I found the same chic Robert Rodriguez jacket at Roundabout—within the same week—for a fraction of Tina’s price.

Who you’ll see shopping here: Women 30-55 who enjoy dressing up more than they enjoy bargain shopping.

Their specialty: Cocktail party separates.

What you should buy: Unique designer cardigans.

What you may not know but should:
  1. Lots of candy dishes and a small coffee bar.
  2. Their merchandise is better than their window displays.

Fashion     Westport    
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 • Permalink

Snappy Gator

Snappy Gator, Fairfield

1438 Post Road, Fairfield

I was, understandably, wary of this store, as the name simultaneously evokes the haunting legacy of ‘80s prep-school “fashion” and its lockjaw vernacular. So I was very pleasantly surprised to discover a jewel of a store with a beautiful collection of flirty party clothes.

Robin’s note: All of these clothes make me desperate for a dazzling party, from Trina Turk frocks to Johnny Was tunics and, of course, the requisite ruffled cardigans.

Their specialty: Colorful day-to-cocktail dresses

What you should buy: Patterned and embroidered tunics.

What you may not know but should: They carry a chic line of affordable jewelry.
http://www.snappygator.com

Fashion     Fairfield    
Friday, May 27, 2011 • Permalink

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