As a self-proclaimed shopaholic, I will introduce you to my newly discovered spots for your fashion fixes, invite you along on my antiquing adventures and provide you with a selection of hidden treasures that will hopefully inspire you to shop locally.
This week’s debut post provides stylish Valley ladies with pretty spring dress picks. I adore a floral print (so trendy right now), something a bit flirty and a flowing column dress. You’ll find these styles at two of my favorite local retailers.
First, let’s take a stroll to In the Mood. Tucked on Main Street in Bethlehem, the storefront can look a bit deceiving because of the abundance of gift items and French-inspired decor. However, it has become my secret spot for perfectly priced dresses for any occasion, and it’s also perfect for women of all ages. You can easily outfit yourself and have money left over for accessories. Step right in and make a beeline for the back. Owner Norene Dreher conveniently stocks some of her best finds on the right-hand side near the dressing room. Sift through the racks for baby doll styles with embellished necklines, feminine shirt dresses for effortless office attire, and dresses in easy-breezy fabrics great for summer weddings. You’ll even find a stunning little black dress that’ll surely make heads turn at your next cocktail party.
Since you’re already in the area, head over to the South Side next to Loose Threads Boutique. Add to your wardrobe brands such as BB Dakota, Motel and more. It’s a must-visit for the free-spirited woman with a trendy yet bohemian fashion sense, Loose Threads is now stocking spring and summer styles. Owners Helene Perrucci and Laura Jasorka collaborate to bring in beautiful pieces for their customers. When I stopped in, a little navy number embellished with a full-length zipper immediately caught my eye. You’ll also find casually cool dresses and something for that special occasion. Loose Threads is definitely my number-one pick for maxi and column styles, too. Here’s a hint: Helene showed me a pretty, neutral pink halter style dress that is worth investigating.
In the Mood, 523 Main St., Bethlehem; 610-694-9442; Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Thurs. 10am-6pm.
Loose Threads, 9 West 4th Street, Bethlehem; 610-758-8400; Tues.-Sat. 11am-6pm; Sun. 11am-4pm.
Jana K. Hoffman is the editorial assistant and resident fashion and beauty expert for Lehigh Valley Style. An experienced and thrifty shopper, she will take you on her retail journeys and report back every other Friday.