Ever have somewhere to go right after work with no time for a wardrobe change? These Baltimore shops offer just what you need to accessorize your office outfit for a night out on the town. Now you can attend that wedding, dinner date or special event with simple tips on how to look great.
Milagro, A Global Boutique
1005 W 36th St
Baltimore, Md. 21211
Hours: Mon to Wed, Sun -11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Milagro is located on “The Avenue” in Hampden. It carries hand-picked globally inspired items from Baltimore and around the world. If your style includes an international flavor, check out its scarves made from sacred threads. Just by adding a scarf with a pattern to a drab dress will liven it up and there are many creative ways to tie a scarf. Add a vintage brooch depending on the occasion and you are set for your night on the town. Milagro also supports vendors that employ women living in poverty stricken areas.
10300 Mill Run Circle
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
LKGE is a new boutique that offers a classy shopping atmosphere featuring men and women’s contemporary clothing and accessories. A mini skirt can be paired with any top, tights and of course a great pair of boots. Not appropriate for the office, but it can be worn under a free-flowing skirt or it is small enough to pack into your bag. Just change into the mini at the end of the day and you are ready for the dance floor.
50 E Cross St
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pandora’s Box, a trendy boutique located in Federal Hill, has specialized in elite fashion for 10 years. Boot covers are a great way to transform boring workday footwear into the hit of the party. Additionally, you can ditch the pantyhose and opt for textured tights, add some funky jewelry and a vibrant clutch and it would be a secret you just came from the workplace.
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46 E Cross St
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat to Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Accessorizing an outfit with jewelry is a simple way to go. Choose a chunky necklace with dangling earrings or lots of bangles for your wrist that sparkle. Anything with rhinestones dresses up a casual work outfit. Don’t forget to accessorize your hair. There are great hair clips, hats, barrettes and bows that offer great pizzazz to any outfit. Zelda Zen is also located in Federal Hill and has been in business for more than 10 years.
2007 Fleet St
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Hours: Tues to Fri – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hanger Alley started as an online clothing store and just opened its first boutique in historic Fells Point. It is a unique boutique that sells pieces from the fashion hubs of New York and Los Angeles and offers up sweet treats. They serve free champagne and cupcakes on Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. So, if you have to cover up a revealing back, low-cut neckline, or strapless dress – do so with a shawl, cardigan, cape or blazer. Leave it behind at the office for the next time you need to be all glitzy and glamorous. There is no reason that style and fashion can’t mix.
Gloria Dietz is a freelance writer and Baltimore native. She is somewhat of a local celebrity in her own right who has appeared on TV shows throughout the years. Pop culture is her thing, as well as style and bargain hunting. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.