If you have not yet been to Off Broadway Boutique, on the Upper West Side, you must go. It doesn't matter if you're not a woman of "advanced style," just go. The shop has been run for over 40 years by the great and glamorous Lynn Dell (watch her here!). Dell dresses "for the theater of my life" and she wants you to dress for the theater of your life.
The store is not in danger of closing, but Ms. Dell is advancing in age and you never know.
Walking in to the shop, you'll be greeted warmly by a saleswoman who will urge you to "Never be a follower, there are too many followers already," and "Be yourself. Wear whatever you want. If your neighbors and the people on the street don't like it, do it anyway."
Try on the outrageous hats and the outsized jewelry. Bedeck yourself in leopard print.
The shop smells like an Upper West Side grandmother, the kind who wore loads of perfume and had her hair "done" and never went out the door without makeup on. It's packed to the gills with gloves, turbans, scarves, and more glitz. If you start feeling overstimulated, you can always take a seat in the Man Chair up front.
And don't miss the Hall of Fame by the door, a collection of signed photos from famous glamorpusses like Liz Taylor, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Joan Collins, and more.