Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Off Broadway Boutique

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.





9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I adore women like this, and all women with the guts to dress with a fiercely personal sense of expression. I DETEST that I never knew about this shop during my time in NYC, but am so glad you're bringing attention to it. Great place, great article!

James C. Taylor said...

That Advanced Style website is fabulous! What a refreshing sentiment.

laura said...

thankyou for doing this post. as i said i like to see parts of NYC which have not "vanished"-yet. also it is on the upper west side, you often neglect that area. i love the store, very glamourous in a straight foward way. they keep it real, no b.s. sales talk.

Marty Wombacher said...

Great post today, Jeremiah! Loved those photos and I hope this place is still open when I come back to visit.

Her New York said...

Marty! Let's go together!!!!

Romy Ashby said...

She's yummy.

John M said...

Marty, Romy, Jeremiah, Her New York...I'm getting dizzy from the online celebrity-ness of it all!

:-)

onemorefoldedsunset said...

This looks great - thankyou for posting. I like her sentiments! The (only?) good thing about getting older is that I care less & less about the opinions of others as regards clothes, tastes, etc. Bliss!

Anonymous said...

Ha. Completely adorable. I don't pay a lot of attention fashion, but now SHE makes it fun.