Shop Till You Drop
Boutiques of all types are delivering variety and hipness to the Main Line.
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You’d think that having one of the nation’s largest, most sophisticated malls right around the corner would make it tough for the little guys. Yet Main Line boutiques are not only surviving, they’re thriving—thanks to personalized service, unique presentation, and up-to-the-minute fashions from New York, Los Angeles and Europe. Here are some highlights and new additions to the area, along with a list of our favorites.
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PHAZE Plus Size Boutique Forget everything you knew about plus-size women’s wear; there’s nothing boxy, matronly or remotely tent-like in this fashion-forward boutique. A firm believer that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, Phaze owner Danielle Charles knows that a size-16 woman who’s confident and celebrates her full figure should have the same choices as a size 6. Most of her merchandise is private label, and Charles is also starting her own line aimed at the edgier plus-size woman. Those who aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into more revealing styles might reconsider when they discover her Body Magic undergarments, which take a woman down two dress sizes. Charles also does wardrobe consulting for the style challenged or anyone looking to improve an existing wardrobe. 153 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd; (610) 664-2520, phazeboutique.com.
Revivals Consignment Boutique A Good Samaritan with a fabulous eye for fashion, Revivals owner Robin Shuntich has been outfitting discerning, budget-conscious Main Line women in Armani, Chanel, Gucci, Kenneth Cole, Prada, Ralph Lauren, St. John, Trina Turk and other top names for 13-plus years—and at prices that make you want to shout, “Such a deeeal!” Jackie O fans and other period-savvy shoppers will go gaga over the trove of wonderful and unique finds—unique pieces like a mink cape and oversized mink scarf, both utterly sinful and heavenly to the touch. We loved the gorgeous Czechoslovakian necklaces spotted on a recent visit. Shoes also abound here, as do handbags, scarves, necklaces, belts and furs. 258 Haverford Ave., Narberth; (610) 660-8119, revivalsboutique.com.
That Special Look For 25 years, mother-daughter team Arlene Ginsburg and Carol Blum have made it their mission to spread their “special looks” up and down the Main Line. Among their boutique’s most prominent offerings is handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry selected by the owners to coordinate with the season’s styles. Described by Blum as “soft” dressing, it’s all about layering and an eye for details like cluster pins, scarves, slim lines, higher rises and loads of color. Reds, blues, purples and oranges line the walls and racks, along with a hefty selection of won’t-break-the-bank sweaters in cropped, bracelet-sleeve, long and short designs—plus sweater wraps for instant warmth. If you’ve got any traveling to do this fall (or just had a baby), Krazy Larry’s easy-care elastic-waistband pants are a must. 288 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, (610) 664-5466.
Katye K Boutique Hardly a wallflower, this recent addition to the Main Line shopping scene packs a serious punch in its first fall season. Ladies won’t be able to resist the latest handbags from Kooba in funky yet practical styles and yummy colors, or the racy “Morning After” and “Morning After Mini” lines from Rebecca Minkoff. Owner Katye Stanzak is offering lots of street-wear separates that make a statement while going from day to evening with ease—must-haves like Tucker’s printed silk tops and tunics, which stand up alone or look great with skinny jeans and heels. 510 Lancaster Ave., Haverford; (610) 525-5552, katyek.com.