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At Velouria in Ballard, the vibe is eco-friendly Bohemian from small town designers with big time talent. Look for svelte cotton jersey dresses that can transition from work to play and ‘50s cut cocktail dresses made from decorative East Indian sari fabric—and this reversible jersey dress by Varnish Clothing (Portland) for $150, jacket by Entredeux for Hello Velouria (Seattle) for $130, and reversible enamel necklace by Alisha Louise (Portland) for $150.
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What you won’t find at Velouria is the typical slinky party dress. What you will find its twin sister: the refined free spirit with a taste for modern charm. Example B: dress by Mae (LA designer) for $75 and vintage reworked necklace by Violet Magpie (Seattle) for $65.
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If you’re looking for that backless black number with urban appeal, Bliss in Fremont could be your sanctuary. While deciding on accessories at the cash wrap, grab a bottle of Butter London’s latest high-shine metallic, “Diamond Geezer,” to go with your disco-ball inspired dress (Chez Chic $265, with link Necklace $38 and bracelets, $28 each).
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Will 2013 be the year you bring sexy back? This might just be the best view of that Bliss frock.
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It’s all about fashion-forward new-to-you at Pioneer Square’s the Clothing Company. Owner Sarah Israel has an uncanny ability for sourcing stylish, never-been-worn overstock for men and women. Expect to find your favorite brands, and locally sourced jewelry by Crow and Iris. Check this look: a velvet shirtwaist dress by Vena Cava for $87 with necklaces by the aforementioned local jewelry fashioners.
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Also at the Clothing Company: Dress by Leifsdottir for $65 and cuff by Ethel and Myrtle for $22. Add an opaque tight and some ankle boots, and ring in the new year.
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