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A manual of elegance and correctness more or less fundamental in style and dress*

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Hi! I am Mauve,your narrator, and you may think of me as your own personal shopper--a do-it-all gal--with the aim of supplying you with the means and resources to update your wardrobe while looking stylish in the process.

We're not talking about just trends here, folks, but simple comfort and good taste. At the end of our little fashion journey, I hope you will be the wiser in matters of fit and form, and that we can all concur: you wear what you are.

Toward this end, we have chatted with four delightful local merchants, who have cleverly instructed us on how to dress with finesse., owner of Firefly shoe store, Julie Jennings, owner of Uniquities, and seamstress Nighisti Selby, owner of Nighisti's Fashion.

Form to fit the fashion:
The Untidy Museum: Michelle Lee
Firefly: Ashley Worley
Uniquities: Julie Jennings

Fashion to fit the form:
Nighisti's Fashion: Nighisti Selby

The Fit List:
Shopping tips from the experts

Before you start, three rules of engagement:

1 Do pay attention;

2 Do support your neighborhood clothing stores; and, most importantly,

3 Do check out these listings for more clothing stores not found in this issue:

Store listings
Raleigh
Abbeygail's Closet Thrift Boutique (Upscale used clothing for women and children)
5205 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
919-859-6337

At Ease (Boutique items)
9800 Leesville Road, Raleigh
919-845-3344

Beanie & Cecil (Top designer clothes for the serious shopper)
The Shops at Cameron Village
412 Daniels St., Raleigh
919-821-5455

Blondi's Closet (Contemporary women's boutique)
113 S. White St., Wake Forest
919-562-3010

Classy Rags (Secondhand clothing)
1606 N. Market Dr. #I, Raleigh
919-981-7466

Creative Consignments (Specializing in vintage and current styles)
905 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
919-833-6635

Easy Elegance (Women's apparel and consignment items)
608 W. Peace St., Raleigh
919-821-2735

Fantasia Ladies Clothing
6325 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh
919-878-8500

Firefly (Men's and women's shoes)
605 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
919-821-4536

The Lassiter at North Hills (shopping center with stores such as Mephisto Shoes and Luxe Cosmetics)
4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh
919-833-7755

Pam's Vintage Boutique
3231 Avent Ferry Road, Suite 104, Raleigh
919-851-6244

Pattini: The Collection (Women's and men's shoes, bags)
126 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
919-835-1355

Scout & Molly's (Hip and happening clothes, handbags and accessories for today's sassy girl)
6675 Falls of the Neuse Road, Raleigh
919-848-8732
www.scoutandmollys.com

The Shops of Cameron Village (Upscale shopping center)
412 Daniels St., Raleigh
919-821-5455

SoHo Clothing (Forward thinking fashion for every woman)
408 Daniels St., Raleigh
919-833-8550

SOHO Shoes
Crabtree Valley Mall
4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
919-881-9055
www.sohoshoes.com

Stitch (Unique, urban bags made by Holly Aiken)
521 W. North St., Raleigh
919-833-8770
www.hollyaiken.com

Trillium (Stylish upscale fashions and handcrafted ceramics and jewelry)
3201 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh
919-783-0030

Uniquities (Trendy boutique for students and young professionals)
450 Daniels St., Raleigh
919-832-1234
www.uniquities.com

Wardrobbe (Trendy boutique featuring everything from Ted Baker to Von Dutch and back again)
The Shops of Cameron Village
430 Daniels St., Raleigh
919-828-8700

Durham
Cozy (Clothing)
770 Ninth St., Durham
919-286-3400

Look Out Casual Clothes (Famous labels at outlet prices)
706 Ninth St., Durham
919-286-7262
http://www.lookoutcasuals.com

SOHO Shoes (Upscale and trendy shoes from nationally-known designers)
The Streets at Southpoint
6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham
919-806-1391
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham
919-416-3963
http://www.sohoshoes.com

The Untidy Museum (Durham's finest purveyor of vintage clothes, kitsch and furniture)
1116 Broad St., Durham
919-416-1800
www.untidymuseum.com

Vaguely Reminiscent (Fashion forward to comfortable and everything in between in natural fibers)
728 Ninth St., Durham
919-286-3911

Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Pittsboro
Anjana's
135 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-968-0365

Beggars & Choosers (Three-story vintage superstore with furniture, accessories and clothing)
38 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro
919-542-5884

Bizu (Handcrafted jewelry)
18 E. Salisbury St., Pittsboro
919-545-9255
www.bizujewel.com

The Cat Shack (Puma store featuring shoes, accessories and clothing)
128 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-933-8989
www.cat-shack.net

Design 149
149 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-967-9481

Fleur (Clothing boutique)
702 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill
919-933-3026

Julian's (Upscale, classic clothes for men)
142 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-942-4563
www.julianstyle.com

Look Out Casual Clothes (Famous labels at outlet prices)
83 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill
919-933-3003
http://www.lookoutcasuals.com

Mehera Shaw (Organic/natural handmade imported clothing)
Carr Mill Mall
200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
919-929-9133

Modern Times (Clothing boutique)
402 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-929-8119

Monkee's (Shoes and accessories)
108 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill
919-967-6830

A New Attitude (Women's clothing)
Carr Mill Mall
200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
919-968-3451

The Original Ornament (Beading, custom jewelry)
Carr Mill Mall
200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
919-933-3467

The Painted Bird (Eclectic boutique featuring gifts and accessories)
Carr Mill Mall
200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
919-942-2311

Roulette
108 E. Main St., Carrboro
919-933-8836

Shoes at the Square (Expensive shoes for the well-dressed woman)
201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
919-942-2044

Sofia's (Women's clothing boutique, jewelry)
Carr Mill Mall
200 N. Greensboro St., # B3, Carrboro
919-942-9008

The Stock Exchange (Upscale consignment shop with great deals on designer jeans and other items)
431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-967-4035

Swell (Unique consignment store that allows customers to buy, sell or trade their clothes)
118 E. Main St., Carrboro
919-923-6735
http://www.carrboro.com/swell

Uniquities (Trendy boutique for students and young professionals)
452 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-933-4426
www.uniquities.com

about that asterisk...
In the 1880s, there was a palm-size booklet by the name of Don't: A Manual of Mistakes & Improprieties more or less prevalent in Conduct & Speech published to enlighten the populace on rules of social decorum. On the subject of personal style, Don't contained the following wisdom:

  • "Don't wear dressing-gown and slippers anywhere out of your bedroom. To appear at table or in any company in this garb is the very soul of vulgarity. It is equally vulgar to sit at table or appear in company in one's shirt sleeves."
  • "Don't wear apparel with decided colors or with pronounced patterns. Don't--we address here the male reader--wear anything that is pretty. What have men to do with pretty things? Select quiet colors and unobtrusive patterns, and adopt no style of cutting that belittles the figure. "
  • "Don't use hair-dye. The color is not like nature, and deceives no one. "

    Though I'm sure many of us have long since rejected these outmoded rules of etiquette, it is helpful to be reminded, from time to time, where we are in our "century of progress." That said, we'd like to offer up this special issue as an abbreviated Do manual of sorts--a handy, concise shopping guide to fashion in the Triangle.

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