Top Spots In St. Louis For Sundresses

May 13, 2014 7:00 AM

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St. Louisans are fond of saying that “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Whatever it is, it’ll be here soon, and you’re going to need some cute, flirty sundresses to get through the season. Sundresses are cool, light and come in an incredible variety of shapes, colors, fabrics and lengths. Modest or sexy, girly or tailored, there is a style to suit every woman. Here are a few great area boutiques to pick up something unique to spice up your summer closet.

macrosun Top Spots In St. Louis For Sundresses


1310 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 421-6400

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.

paisleyboutique Top Spots In St. Louis For Sundresses


Paisley Boutique
233 W. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 475-3443

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. 

scholarshop Top Spots In St. Louis For Sundresses


8211 Clayton Road
Saint Louis, MO 63117
(314) 725-3456

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.

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retro Top Spots In St. Louis For Sundresses

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Retro 101 Cherry Bomb Vintage
2303 Cherokee St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 762-9722

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.

leopard Top Spots In St. Louis For Sundresses


Leopard Boutique
20 Allen Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 961-3220

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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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at