The perfect accessory can be the icing on the cake, catapulting the wearer from wow to meow. Look no further than these haute boutiques to bling up your spring look.
Located high up in one of the buildings on Jeweler’s Row, Dimend Scaasi can be a little intimidating compared to the first floor common-folk storefronts (especially since you have to be buzzed in through two sets of secure doors). However, once inside, it is a totally laid back experience. With one of the widest selections of engagement rings and wedding bands in Chicago, they boast some of the most knowledgeable staff in town and will design and customize any piece to fit your special occasion to a T.
Dimend Scaasi, 5 S Wabash Ave., 17th floor in Chicago
With a humble beginning peddling antique jewelry at the kiosks of Navy Pier, Susan et Cie got her entrepreneurial start at a very young age. Her heart, hard work, and love are all evident in her store, the Left Bank, a petite haven for French-inspired décor, wedding shoes, bridal accessories and of course jewelry. With the tagline, “The Soul of Paris in the Heart of Chicago,” The Left Bank brings a touch of elegance to your attire with art nouveau brooches and crystal accents.
The Left Bank, 1155 West Webster in Chicago
Touting unique wares from local artists, Embellish distinguishes itself by supporting independent designers, small businesses, a lot of green/recycled materials, and the creativity they produce. With showcases made out of tree branches, salvaged furniture and bird baths, owner Barb is a legend in her own right for predicting trends and putting up and coming artists in the spotlight.
Embellish, 4161 North Lincoln Ave. in Chicago
As a go-to boutique for unique gifts, Hazel is packed with discoveries around every corner. Nestled in baskets, hanging on walls, or hiding in plain sight on tightly packet shelves, there is a handmade treasure here for anyone or a little gift for yourself.
Hazel, 1902 W Montrose Ave. in Chicago
Inspired by the New York boutiques she sold to while starting her own clothing label, owner/designer Lindsey Boland has created a laid-back, elegant space where under the radar design talent connects with customers hungry for something different. Habit provides an eclectic mix from fashion-forward, avant-garde and sculptural, to whimsical and playful clothing and accessories. With a heavy focus on local designers, most styles are either one-of-a-kind or created in small quantities, ensuring your red carpet worthiness won’t end up in an episode of “Who Wore It Best.”
Habitat, 1951 W Division St. in Chicago