Fashion

GALA BLACK-TIE ATTIRE

Mitchells/Richards


Photographs: Julie Bidwell

Certain social gatherings call for your best look. So when you’re deciding on what to wear for the event circled in red on your calendar, stop by Mitchells or Richards. Your in-store personal style advisor will help you pick the outfit that is perfect for you, head to toe. Whether you’re going daring and contemporary or refined and classic, you can be 100 percent certain that you will be in style and capturing the right kind of attention. Mitchells and Richards, sister stores in Westport and Greenwich, respectively, work tirelessly to put the best pieces from top designers around the world into the hands of style-savvy clients. You’ll be treated like family, but look and feel like royalty at the event.

Richards, 359 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-0551
Mitchells, 670 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-5165
shop.mitchellstores.com


JEANS

B Chic


Photographs: Julie Bidwell

If you’re in the mood for a tearjerker, forget about a Ryan Gosling movie. Just imagine your favorite jeans getting wrecked by a spill or a tear. Devastating. Jeans are the definitive wardrobe essential, and we all have our favorite pair—always fits and looks good. B Chic understands, which is why our voters think of the boutique as the top spot to pick out a new pair. Perhaps one exactly like you had before, or maybe a pair of cropped jeans. When you find something good, like a shop with in-style jeans, stick with it. (See also “Costume Jewelry.”)

78 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton, 203-210-7037; bchichct.com


COCKTAIL ATTIRE

Lord & Taylor

“Cocktails at 7 p.m.?” Of course! What’s better than cocktails on a summer evening…. Oh, wait, what to wear? Fret not. Jump in the car and head to Lord & Taylor. Women and men will find outfits that suit the occasion, whether dockside or the big house up on the hill. Ladies, you’ll have a party trying on dresses, such as the Marchesa Notte Ombre Flutter Dress or the sleek Calvin Klein Side Cutout Gown (What? You do Pilates?). The, pair it with the best shoes, bag and jewelry and perfect it with the right shapewear (maybe you skipped one or two classes…). The next invitation for drinks is an easy yes. The fun starts with the shopping.

110 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-327-6600
5065 Main St., Trumbull, 203-374-5700
lordandtaylor.com


MEN’S SHOES

Lord & Taylor

Once upon a time, women were the ones to repeatedly circle the options in the shoe department; men had their favorite, and that was that. But the door to the shoe closet has busted open, and inside, at Lord & Taylor, shoppers find many options that appeal to men, too. You’ll find plenty of street and athletic sneakers, as expected, but also boots, loafers, oxfords, boat shoes, Chukkas and more—in so many personalities that you’ll find more than one to build out your fashion statement. You’ll also be comfortable enough for another lap around the shoe department. (See also “Cocktail Attire.”)

110 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-327-6600
5065 Main St., Trumbull, 203-374-5700
lordandtaylor.com


WOMEN’S SHOES

Stuart Weitzman

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, women’s best gal pal is Stuart Weitzman. After all, the famous shoe designer does the impossible: creates a shoe that’s perfect for every outfit, every occasion. We said it couldn’t be done, but this shoe wizard dreams up stilettos and pumps for weddings and galas, flats and sneaks for the streets—and you should see the NearlyNude suede sandal in soft blue that would power you up for the next board meeting. The variety is gorgeous, and each pair flatters and feels good.

120 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-5036; stuartweitzman.com


WOMEN’S FASHION

Saks Fifth Avenue

This summer, the streets of Fairfield County are aflutter with white tops, black accents and touches of colorful floral prints. But maybe you’re quite sure you want to stick to your favorite shade of blush or nautical navy? Not to worry. Saks takes the Gold Coast vote for women’s fashion, and offers plenty of options (at Saks as well as at its new Collective located just across the street). On the way to the changing room, you may even spy a few more options to try, perhaps an emerging designer. Finding your look here is all about choice.

205 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203- 862-5300; saksfifthavenue.com


MEN’S FASHION

Brooks Brothers

A lot has changed since 1818, when Brooks Brothers opened its first store (technically, D. H. Brooks & Co., before his sons joined the business). Its history, interwoven with monumental transitions in America, is one of classic fashion, designed, created and sold with pride. Today, its reputation remains as snazzy as the buttons on its suit blazers. Crisp oxford shirts, linen button-ups, trousers, belts, ties and all the essentials to pull together a look for him that is distinctive, drawn from a heritage of style and customer service.

100 Greyrock Pl., Stamford, 203-359-2300
987 Boston Post Rd., Darien, 203-656-1825
136 Main St., Westport, 203-226-7678
brooksbrothers.com


TUXEDOS

Camillo’s

Men, you often hear: “All you have to do is show up.” Yeah, not true. You have to show up looking as dashing as a movie star. So while you may prefer to stay home and watch the game, there’s an event to attend. You tell us that you find your winning look at Camillo’s. The shop has plenty of options for tuxes and all the accessories that you need to be photo-op ready. All you have to do is show up, at Camillo’s that is.

155 Main St., Norwalk, 203-849-1466; camillotux.com


DESIGNER BOUTIQUE

Copious Row

When you find a boutique that stocks the fashionable styles that you love time and again, you know you have found a gem. Our fashion-savvy Gold Coasters lay the laurels on the head of Copious Row, a women’s boutique with high-end designer clothing, accessories and jewelry. Each piece is hand-selected for the shop’s loyal clientele. Consider the gorgeous houndstooth silk dress made in Italy or the drapey Cape blouse as white and soft as a summer cloud. The baubles, handbags and sunglasses just finish off the look to polished perfection.

86 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-340-2720; copiousrow.com


LINGERIE

Soleil Toile

You caught his eye, and you know he adores you for your sparkling wit and your great sense of humor. But sometimes it’s fun to remind him about all of your assets. Find body confidence at your lingerie specialists, Soleil Toile in New Canaan and Westport. The shop has an astonishing selection of fine lingerie from the brands that set your heart fluttering, making it easy to find something you desire, and hard to pick just one or two. Why choose? Beyond the romantic lingerie, Soleil Toile is also your go-to for practical undergarments that make your clothes fit, and therefore flatter, you better.

44 Elm St., New Canaan, 203-966-2887
14 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-454-8688
soleiltoile.com


DEPARTMENT STORE

Lord & Taylor

We know you’ve been counting your daily steps, so may we suggest that you rack up the numbers at Lord & Taylor? You can get in a bit of exercise while also keeping up to date with today’s fashions. We all work out to look and feel our best; this department store does its part in that effort by bringing in stylish clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, sunglasses, scarves, swimwear and so much more. Your outfits show off all your fitness hours to your best advantage. Plus, you can pick up a few styles for the whole family. (See also “Cocktail Attire”)

110 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, 203-327-6600
5065 Main St., Trumbull, 203-374-5700
lordandtaylor.com


TEEN FASHION

B Chic

Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s fashion royalty. They have learned from the best—the moms of Fairfield County. Plus, they find plenty of age-approriate and appealing options at B Chic. After more than ten years in business, the Wilton boutique is approaching its teen years, and we think they will fly through them with style. After all, they know what the emerging generation is seeking: on-trend blouses, jeans and more that make a statement.  (See also “Jeans.”)

78 Old Ridgefield Rd., Wilton, 203-210-7037; bchichct.com


SWIMWEAR

Everything But Water

Designer swimwear is definitely something to splurge on. If ever there was a time to look your best, to show off all those hours at the gym or glow of countless green juices, it’s poolside or along the shoreline. Lucky Gold Coasters have found Everything But Water, a lovely boutique in Greenwich that knows fashion isn’t relegated just to dresses and tops. High style also refers to bikinis, one-pieces, cover-ups and rompers as well as bags, sunglasses, sun hats, jewelry and footwear. For women who love to show a little sun-kissed skin and good taste, sunny days are here again.

84 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, 203-622-1878; everythingbutwater.com


ACCESSORIES

Anthropologie

Sounds like the news is out! Our voters chose Anthropologie as the best place to get accessories, and voting was probably done before the ribbon was cut on the wholly new store in downtown Westport. It no longer has just a shoe section—it’s been opened up to a whole department. And then there’s the earrings, hats, handbags, scarves and all the extras, including beauty, to complete your look.

59 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-221-0015; anthropologie.com


EYEWEAR

Optical Alternatives

The best thing about great eyewear is that you can actually see properly. Your vision is important not just when you’re leaning back in your comfy chair reading your favorite magazine, but also when you’re sharing the road, especially zippy I-95, with your fellow drivers/Indy-car racers. Our readers tell us Optical Alternatives is the best place for good fit (no pushing frames up on the bridge of your nose) and right prescription (no second-guessing what you’re seeing), as well as style (which is what the rest of world sees).

2480 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, 203-372-2010; opticalalt.com


CONSIGNMENT

Roundabout Designer Closeouts & Consignments

When you bought it, you swore you were going to lose those last ten pounds, but, somehow, it didn’t happen—and the beautiful dress that is just so “you” still doesn’t fit. You have to let it go—to Roundabout Designer Closeouts & Consignments. Not only will you free up space in your closet, you’ll make a little money or find something new that is “really you” (plus, it fits). Roundabout’s selection includes high-end designer fashions, handbags and shoes that you love (Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton). That saying, “Give to get”? We think it was about consigning.

48 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-552-0787
606 Post Rd. E., Westport, 203-227-4334
roundaboutcouture.com


TAILOR

Ted the Tailor

When you see women dressed to the nines at the party and they’re huddled together, perhaps you wonder what they are talking about. Truth is, the conversation is about Ted the Tailor. Because, after all, the key to a great outfit is making sure it fits you properly. Ted has earned a reputation for all the right nips and tucks, for your clothes.

2 Church St., Greenwich, 203-869-5699