Everyone has tips and tricks to take an office look from drab to fab, however, not everyone knows where to find unique accessories that add personal style. When it comes to converting office attire to a look that’s night-on-the-town worthy, the Detroit Metro has just the looks you need. The city is full of shops that will meet the needs of any budding fashionista or veteran stylista. These five unique boutiques have different approaches to style, and any one of them could meet the needs of a working woman needing to take her look from day to night.
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Hours: Mon to Tues—11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs to Fri—11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun—Noon to 5 p.m.
An easy way to go from day to night is to carry a clutch in the handbag used for everyday. Put essentials in the clutch and leave the rest in the car. Clutches provide a pop of color and bring unique texture or sparkle to an ensemble. Hips is a plus size resale boutique, but accessories know no size. This boutique is filled with many hidden gems and is well worth the trip to Clawson.
Hours: Mon to Sat—11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun—Noon to 6 p.m.
When pumping up a day to night look, it’s all about the shoes. Kick off those drab office pumps and slip into Incognito. Once known as the place for punk, this boutique has matured into fashion forward pieces with a punk edge. Incognito has clothes, bags, sunglasses, jewelry and everything you would expect from a boutique, but it is the shoes that makes this place hop. From lace up knee-high boots and elegant heels to cutting edge wedges, this is the place to find something unique without having to spend hundreds of dollars.
Hours: Mon to Wed—11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs to Sat—11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun—Noon to 6 p.m.
For less punk and more retro look, Lost and Found Vintage has been named Best Vintage Clothing Store by Metro Times, Real Detroit Weekly and Hour Detroit Magazine. The store has a fantastic collection of both women and men’s apparel as well as other accessories such as bags and shoes. There is even an entire wall dedicated to women’s hats. Whether it’s going Garbo or glamming it up, more people are donning hats to give their night time looks a retro edge. Whether fedoras, berets, fur caps or delicate, veiled confections it’s easy to see why this is considered the best vintage clothing in the area.
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Hours: Tues to Sat—11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun—11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A modern chic newcomer, The Peacock Room carries both major and independent designers in its fully restored Park Shelton location in Downtown Detroit. The building has a storied history as a 1920s luxury hotel. Guests receive two hours free parking when they visit the boutique, which is filled with modern, elegant clothing and accessories. Adding a cuff is an easy and elegant way to change from a day to an evening look. The Peacock Room features several cuffs, including the bad girl cuff, which is a mix of bling and black. For a more understated look the silver stud cuff gives the right amount of attitude.
Hours: Mon to Fri—11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat—11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun—Noon to 5 p.m.
Naka is an indie boutique located in a community just outside of Detroit. Naka means “beautiful” in Shona, one of the languages spoken in Zimbabwe, and the name says it all. The items sold in the store are beautiful, organic and unique. The owner, Kelly Pettibone Lapointe, has a strong vision for her store, which is to support her community and to support independent designers and artists. To complete any day to evening look, a pair of earrings are the final touch. At Naka, there are several elegant hoops to meet that need. Since they are made from lightweight materials, ear lobe fatigue is no longer a factor.
Just because you’re a working professional doesn’t mean you have to blow all of your hard-earned cash on a fabulous wardrobe. Here’s to proving looking fantastic doesn’t have to break your bank account.
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