The holiday season means parties, from festive gatherings to formal galas. That means the words “holiday outfit” can mean anything from a sweater to a formal gown or suit. And from cozy to sparkly, Philadelphia and its suburbs have everything party goers need. Some shops even have consultants for anyone who may be confused over the variety of dress codes during the season.
Aenigma Jewelry & Accessories
6 Powell Lane
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Something sparkly is always great for dressing up a holiday outfit, and Aenigma, with its selection of everything from costume jewelry to precious gemstones, will not disappoint. Anyone who remembers the shop in Philadelphia’s Old City will be happy to know this is where the boutique moved to in 2007. Consultations are available for anyone who wants one, and the owner is always happy to help customers find the perfect item.
Henry A. Davidsen
1701 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
From ties to formalwear, Henry A. Davidsen has what men need for holiday parties. A visit to the showroom’s custom tailors is perfect for anyone who may need a variety of looks, has sizing issues or simply needs the perfect tuxedo. Consultants will help men find the right look for their personal style and event needs. The showroom also includes accessories like custom shoes, belts and cufflinks. Because the store focuses on personal attention through one-on-one consultations, the showroom is available by appointment only.
406 Marlton Pike E.
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
For semi-formal to formal attire, Jan’s Boutique has a selection of more than 5,000 dresses in sizes 00-32 and petite in stock. Seamstresses are available for alterations and the store can special order dresses if the dresses available are not perfect. Jan’s even has a wide selection of day-to-evening dresses perfect for less formal cocktail parties. Customers are recommended to make an appointment and bring in pictures of preferred dresses for the best service from sales associates.
Sazz Vintage Clothing
60 N. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
While most would not dare go out in public in one of those ugly Christmas sweaters grandma loves to give, the sweaters are making a comeback at ugly sweater-themed parties. For those who have “lost” their supply of ugly sweaters, there’s Sazz Vintage Clothing. The store has a huge selection of everything from vests to cardigans, pullover sweaters to sweatshirts. While the store does have seasonal items on the floor and plans to open a pop-up ugly sweater shop downtown (at 38 N. Third St.), items found on the website are not available in the store. Anyone who wants something from the website and wants to try it on first should call ahead so the store can have it available.
219 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
For accessories that are unique but won’t break the bank, visit Smak Parlor, a pink wonderland that’s like a candy store for adults. Bracelets, rings, earrings, shoes and clutches range from classic to cutting edge. Items in the store are made by local designers, and many are even by the store’s owners. Plus, if a gift is needed for the hostess, there are plenty of great, fun gift items at the back of the store.
Samantha Sinclair is a freelance writer who lives in South Jersey. She has two boys who love “adventuring.” Her work can be found at Examiner.com.