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'Tis the season for "festive attire." In our world, that means full skirts, sparkles, and sophisticated bows—and we're sticking to it. Here, we've rounded up a few local stores that sell such festive little numbers. As always, our map goes from north to south. Now, get frock-ing!


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1. Roslyn

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2035 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
The new Roslyn x Suite collaboration offers festive frocks with oversize bows, as well as metallic-brocade skirts. And if you pop by the shop on Wednesday through Sunday, you can place a custom order. Photo: Courtesy of Roslyn

2. Club Monaco

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2206 N Halsted
Chicago, IL
Ok, so Club Monaco isn't what you'd call an under-the-radar find. But we recently popped into the shop, and were surprised at just how festive (and lovely!) the current merchandise is. There are short feathered skirts, sparkly dresses, frocks with jewel-hued prints, and sparkly statement necklaces to go along with them. Photo: via Club Monaco

3. Piper Boutique

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2136 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
This affordable shop stocks on-trend clothing (loads of dresses, check!) and accessories. Its holiday merchandise includes sparkle-dusted dresses and skirts, as well as styles with festive touches like bows in the back. Photo: via Piper Boutique

4. Cynthia Rowley

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1635 N. Damen
Chicago, IL
The hometown designer puts out collection after collection of girly, party-ready styles, and this season is no exception. In particular, we have our eye on this full-skirted, neoprene number that shines like a disco ball. Photo: via Cynthia Rowley

5. Trillium

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1744 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
Store owner Erica Cook is psyched about the holiday dresses she has in store this season. She sent us photos of some of her faves, including this style from Cynthia Vincent that is, she says,"so much more than your typical LBD." There are also looks in from Tibi, KLD Signature, and more. Photo: Courtesy of Trillium

6. le Dress

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1741 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
The name says it all. The pink-walled shop offers cocktail dresses from designers such as Amanda Uprichard, Erin Fetherston, and Milly. The shop also offers free styling service, and handy accessories such as Fashion Tape. Photo: via Le Dress

7. Anastacia Chatzka

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1001 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Local designer Anastasia Chatzka trained under dress-centric designers like Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. At her Wicker Park shop, racks are lined with beautifully made cocktail and evening dresses. Photo: via Anastasia Chatzka

8. Juicy Couture

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101 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611
Good-deal alert! This season, the Juicy Couture boutique has festive, deco-printed dresses that make a colorful splash at parties. There are also a number of styles already on sale, including embroidered lace looks and a boho-style paisley dress. Photo: Courtesy of Juicy Couture

9. Dovetail

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1452 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
This jewel box of a West Town shop stocks locally made goods and vintage clothing— including throwback party dresses. One example: this black-and-gold, polka dotted number from the '80s (size small.) Photo: via Dovetail

10. Anthropologie

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108 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602
Of all the local Anthropologie outlets, the downtown location gets our vote for smiliest, most helpful employees. Which can come in handy when you need to pick one holiday dress from the current selection of beaded, brocaded, and full-skirted gems. Bonus: the brand just expanded its petites collection. Photo: via Anthropologie.

11. bevello

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South Delano Court
Chicago, IL
New to the shops at Roosevelt Collection, bevello has affordable party dresses from brands such as Line and Dot, French Connection UK, and Lucy Paris. Most styles are less than $100. Photo: via bevello

1. Roslyn

2035 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The new Roslyn x Suite collaboration offers festive frocks with oversize bows, as well as metallic-brocade skirts. And if you pop by the shop on Wednesday through Sunday, you can place a custom order. Photo: Courtesy of Roslyn
2035 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Club Monaco

2206 N Halsted, Chicago, IL
Ok, so Club Monaco isn't what you'd call an under-the-radar find. But we recently popped into the shop, and were surprised at just how festive (and lovely!) the current merchandise is. There are short feathered skirts, sparkly dresses, frocks with jewel-hued prints, and sparkly statement necklaces to go along with them. Photo: via Club Monaco
2206 N Halsted
Chicago, IL

3. Piper Boutique

2136 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
This affordable shop stocks on-trend clothing (loads of dresses, check!) and accessories. Its holiday merchandise includes sparkle-dusted dresses and skirts, as well as styles with festive touches like bows in the back. Photo: via Piper Boutique
2136 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Cynthia Rowley

1635 N. Damen, Chicago, IL
The hometown designer puts out collection after collection of girly, party-ready styles, and this season is no exception. In particular, we have our eye on this full-skirted, neoprene number that shines like a disco ball. Photo: via Cynthia Rowley
1635 N. Damen
Chicago, IL

5. Trillium

1744 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Store owner Erica Cook is psyched about the holiday dresses she has in store this season. She sent us photos of some of her faves, including this style from Cynthia Vincent that is, she says,"so much more than your typical LBD." There are also looks in from Tibi, KLD Signature, and more. Photo: Courtesy of Trillium
1744 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

6. le Dress

1741 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
The name says it all. The pink-walled shop offers cocktail dresses from designers such as Amanda Uprichard, Erin Fetherston, and Milly. The shop also offers free styling service, and handy accessories such as Fashion Tape. Photo: via Le Dress
1741 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Anastacia Chatzka

1001 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
Local designer Anastasia Chatzka trained under dress-centric designers like Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. At her Wicker Park shop, racks are lined with beautifully made cocktail and evening dresses. Photo: via Anastasia Chatzka
1001 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Juicy Couture

101 E Oak St, Chicago, IL 60611
Good-deal alert! This season, the Juicy Couture boutique has festive, deco-printed dresses that make a colorful splash at parties. There are also a number of styles already on sale, including embroidered lace looks and a boho-style paisley dress. Photo: Courtesy of Juicy Couture
101 E Oak St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Dovetail

1452 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
This jewel box of a West Town shop stocks locally made goods and vintage clothing— including throwback party dresses. One example: this black-and-gold, polka dotted number from the '80s (size small.) Photo: via Dovetail
1452 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

10. Anthropologie

108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
Of all the local Anthropologie outlets, the downtown location gets our vote for smiliest, most helpful employees. Which can come in handy when you need to pick one holiday dress from the current selection of beaded, brocaded, and full-skirted gems. Bonus: the brand just expanded its petites collection. Photo: via Anthropologie.
108 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602

11. bevello

South Delano Court, Chicago, IL
New to the shops at Roosevelt Collection, bevello has affordable party dresses from brands such as Line and Dot, French Connection UK, and Lucy Paris. Most styles are less than $100. Photo: via bevello
South Delano Court
Chicago, IL