1310 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
MacroSun is a fair-trade retail shop that was started by a St. Louisan after his travels through India, Nepal and Tibet. The store specializes in spiritual merchandise, like Bhuddhas, Hindu statues, malas and incense. But there are also textiles, sarongs and, in summer, sundresses. Buying these unique textiles benefits craftspeople in Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, and lets you sport a unique, exotic creation. Fair trade means decent working conditions, sustainable practices and fair prices for the merchants and workers. The Washington Avenue loft district is a trendy, upscale neighborhood that’s always fun to visit.
233 W. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Paisley carries an assortment of summer dress styles, from mini to maxi and all lengths in between. The store specializes in “Feminine Classics for the Modern Woman,” so the dress styles tend to be timeless rather than trendy. The Maplewood neighborhood is an oasis of boutiques and specialty stores in a city that’s increasingly dominated by malls and big chain retailers. Shopping in a small boutique like Paisley, where you’re welcomed warmly and served attentively, is a treat. If you’re looking for high-quality, sophisticated fashion, be sure to stop by.
8211 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63117
ScholarShop is St. Louis’ favorite upscale resale shop. If you’re looking for a great deal on designer sundresses for summer, and you don’t mind that they’ve been gently used, ScholarShop is your smorgasbord. These are high-quality items in good condition and currently in fashion. Best of all, your purchase supports local students through The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. This is shopping at its best: smart, sophisticated and socially responsible.
Retro 101 Cherry Bomb Vintage
2303 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
If you just can’t get enough of the rockabilly or pinup look, check out the authentic vintage fashions at Cherry Bomb. This isn’t a thrift shop, but the prices are reasonable for high-end vintage. The shop carries clothes from the 1920s to the 1980s. Check out the sundresses from the 50s and 60s for a retro, girly look. The store has a reputation for being clean and well organized, and the funky Cherokee neighborhood is always fun to visit. One huge advantage to shopping vintage is that you can be reasonably sure you won’t run into anyone else wearing the same 1956 floral silk sundress.
20 Allen Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63119
After a dozen years working in the fashion industry, Rachel Sauter opened Leopard Boutique in the Webster Groves neighborhood with the goal of bringing a fun, affordable boutique experience to the women of St. Louis. She’s been bringing the latest fashions at reasonable prices ever since. In addition to the unique, on-trend clothing and accessories, Leopard is now carrying fitness wear, too.
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