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Where do you shop?

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Happy Holidays

Shopping season is in full swing. As you prepare for Christmas or Hanukkah, I’m interested to know where you shop for friends and family.

In most cities, the really interesting boutiques are the small, independent shops in trendy (or not so trendy) areas. Here you will find unique brands and lines that don’t dominate the mall. You’ll also find knowledgeable help to select merchandise that fits your needs – especially if you’re gift shopping.

Online shopping is a game changer. I find there are really good online offerings at some of the US’s major chains, especially specialty shops for plus size and big & tall. Canada’s selection in these categories is very limited. Check out Macy’s for a great selection of reasonably priced clothing. Saks and Nordstrom are strong contenders in designer fashion. All ship to Canada using Border Free – a service that calculates exchange, duty and taxes which you pay at checkout. It’s hassle free!

While I can’t compile a list of independent shops for every city, here are some thoughts for the Edmonton area:

124 Street

  • Shades of Grey
  • Floc Boutique
  • Pear Tree
  • Vespucci Ladies Consignment

Downtown

  • Who Cares Wear?
  • Workhall Studio

Whyte Ave

  • Gravity Pope
  • Bamboo Ballroom
  • Lola’s
  • C’est Sera
  • Galibelle (for interchangeable shoes)
  • Avenue Clothing Co.

St. Albert

  • Bella Maas Boutique (also in Sherwood Park)
  • Cerulean
  • Modern Eyes

Southgate Centre has a great mix of chain and independent stores.

West Edmonton Mall has a luxury row that includes Tiffany, Kate Spade NY, Marc Cain and others.

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Add a little fun to summer

Trending this summer are very cute styles and accessories to add a little fun to summer. Wicker and straw handbags exude whimsy and fun. Similarly, shoes are featured in an ice-cream-parlour colours, fabulous floral prints and styles. Check them out – and while you’re at it, check out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.

I’m regularly asked which of the season’s trends can be worn by mature women. Lots of rules have gone by the wayside, however, dressing for your age is always in style.

Let’s play, can you wear this? Ready?

blue and white off shoulder

Can you wear this? This is a boho style off-the-shoulder, one of hundreds of similar styles available this summer. Some women may be comfortable with the off-the-shoulder look. A couple of things to look for. Women who are less busty can wear these tops, but do wear a strapless bra underneath. Make sure the top is long enough. Not all of us are prepared to show a little tummy, especially if you’re over 40.

 

 

 

 

melissa mccarthy embroid skinny jeans

 

 

Can you wear this? Skinny jeans with embroidery is really great on women under 35, but can look really aging on mature women. Stick to plain skinny jeans without rips or embroidery. Skinny jeans are contemporary, but any embellishments belong to younger women.

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Can you wear this? Absolutely! Fun, whimsical shoes make a great accessory and conversation point. They’re comfortable and better for your feet than flip flops, plus you can wear them to a range of events. Go for it!