Best Delmar Dress Shop - 2004
Frankly, the blitzkrieg of ladies' clothing boutiques popping up along the Loop's main drag has been a bit of a disappointment. Is there a bunker beneath Delmar from which they collectively pull their lookalike wares? And is said bunker the vortex where the cocktail-fueled wardrobe of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw intersects with that of skankmistress Christina Aguilera's? Sultry-in-their-own-skin fashionistas needn't advertise themselves via coochie-peekaboo microminis or pre-ripped T-shirts decked out with bad-girl-alert phrasings ("Coffee Cigarettes Alcohol"). Which is why, along this stretch of shops, nobody dresses the woman like Macrosun International. While the store's consciousness-raising agenda (it earmarks portions of its profits toward Third World relief efforts and imports its entirely handmade inventory from South Asia) would peg the place as a hippie-chick haven, its clothes are mature, colorful, flirty and flattering -- and not just to size zeros: vintage silk above-the-knee sundresses cut on the bias; embroidered, tie-string halter tops; wraparound brocade skirts that are shimmery, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and make you wanna twirl; and one-of-a-kind wrap pants from China that should be sold with a slew-of-compliments guarantee. New merchandise arrives often, as do sales that knock up to 50 percent off already reasonable prices. In short, a treasure trove of true style.