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Connecticut Holiday Party Outfit And Accessory Shopping Guide

November 26, 2013 7:00 AM

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File photo of Christmas lights. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of Christmas lights. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The holiday season is here and with it comes office parties and celebrations with friends and family. It’s always nice to have something new to wear for the occasion, and these Connecticut stores stand out for their service and selection. No matter what type of party you’re attending, they will make sure you’re dressed to impress.

Flirt Boutique
3551 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 287-0092
www.flirtboutiquect.com

Meryl Henrici opened Flirt in 2007 and has since seen it named “Best Hip Boutique” by Connecticut Magazine five times. That’s because Henrici is frequently in New York City scouting the latest fashions and then bringing them back to her customers in Connecticut. Stylish new outfits arrive in store every week, and Flirt’s staff can help you find just the right one. Better yet, gather your closest friends and book a private shopping party where you’ll get the place to yourselves, receive a 10-percent discount on purchases and even enjoy complimentary cocktails. Consider it a party before your holiday party.

Kimberly Boutique
968 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 523-4894
www.shopkimberly.com

Named for owner Kimberly Mattson Moster, this West Hartford Center store has been selling women’s clothing and accessories by some of the world’s greatest designers for the last 10 years. Among the selections are dresses by Trina Turk, tops by Lilla P and jewelry by Alexis Bittar. Kimberly prides herself on her store’s exceptional customer service, so you are sure to receive plenty of help in finding just what you need to turn heads.

Raggs Fashions For Men
1020 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 865-3824
www.raggsnewhaven.com

Guys who want to impress at the company holiday party should make it a point to visit Raggs. Since 1984, the New Haven shop has specialized in stylish and classy suits, dress shirts and coats. Hugo Boss, J. Lindeberg and Ted Baker are some of the top designers carried by Raggs. If you’re shopping last minute, the store offers same-day and next-day tailoring. And consider accessorizing with one of its many Simon Carter watches.

Related:  Top Personal Stylists And Shoppers In Connecticut

Stackpole Moore Tryon
242 Trumbull St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 547-1999
www.stackpolemooretryon.com

A fixture in downtown Hartford for over a century, Stackpole Moore Tryon is the place to go in the capital city for elegant men’s and women’s clothing. Besides carrying items by many of the best designers, the store is staffed by people who know and love fashion. Whether you have something specific in mind or aren’t sure of what direction to go, the experts at Stackpole will make sure you look sharp. The store will even pay for two hours of parking, greatly reducing your holiday stress.

Village Vogue Boutique
163 Greens End Place
Milford CT 06460
(203) 283-9400
www.villagevogueboutique.com

If you’re in search of a new outfit but are on a limited budget, stop by Village Vogue. The Milford consignment shop is a 19th-century colonial house with five rooms of modern and classic clothes and accessories. At Village Vogue, you’ll find brands like Armani, Chanel, Coach and Ralph Lauren on sale for discounted prices. Be sure to take a look at the impressive array of vintage hats, jewelry and handbags. It’s likely you’ll find something at Village Vogue that no other party guest will be wearing.

Related: Top Vintage Stores In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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