Readers' Choice Best Of Fashion 2013

Readers’ Choice Best Of Fashion 2013

Best Local Women’s Boutique: TRE Boutique
For more than three decades, sisters Sheree Vihon Bergthold and Rochelle Johnson have dressed savvy, sophisticated women from “the 30s to the sassy 60s.”(They take after mom Bobbi, who started the business in the 1970s.) Beginning with their first boutique in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade, the sisters have since expanded their stylish brand to The Forum in Carlsbad and 4S Ranch. TRE carries dresses, from casual to cocktail, weekend wear, and locally-designed jewelry. “We look at the trends and adapt them to the San Diego customers and lifestyles,” says Bergthold, whether that’s a night on the town or Opening Day at Del Mar. Labels include Alberto Makali, Bailey 44, Bianco Nero, Ella Moss, Hale Bob, Michael Stars and Joseph Ribkoff. 858.755.7227, 760.942.0227, 858.485.8000

 

Best Local Men’s Boutique: Mister B
Billed as European clothing for the American man, Mister B in Encinitas offers fine clothing from casual to formal wear, outerwear and accessories. Under the direction of stylish owner Maggie Bobileff, the boutique carries such popular brands as Hugo Boss, Brandolini, Cole Haan, Eton, Pal Zileri, Robert Graham, Robert Talbott, Sand and Zanella. For the latest in sartorial style, Mister B rates an A-plus. 858.756.5099, misterbclothing.com

 

Best Local Children’s Boutique: Sweetpea
This adorable shop in Flower Hill Promenade, a family-owned store for more than 25 years, offers everything you need for the best-dressed baby. Specializing in European imports, Sweetpea carries clothing from newborns to size 10-12, accessories from blankets to diaper bags, layettes and gifts. Trend-setting tykes love such popular lines as ll Gufo, Lili Gaufrette, Petite Bateau, Mayoral, Catimini, Lipstik, Haven Girl, and Kate Mack. Friendly service and gift-wrapping are complimentary. 858.481.0683

 

Best New Boutique: Sheridan
Fairen Del boutique owner Irina Rachow has teamed up with friend Deni Jacobs on Sheridan, the must-see boutique rated best newbie by R&C readers. Located at the newly renovated Rancho Valencia, the shop offers resort and day wear for both women and men, along with designer handbags, jewelry, swimwear, and gifts. Lines include Chan Luu, Sky, Eileen Fisher, Love & Liberty, Robert Graham and True Grit; jewelry by such designers as Alexis Bittar, Judith Leiber, Sophia & Chloe, Sara Weinstock, and Sidney Evans; and handbags by Isabella Fiore, Carla Mancini, and Leather Rock. After a morning of shopping, why not pop into the resort’s Veladora restaurant for lunch, or a drink in The Pony Room? Save the date for Savor & Style fashion events every first Tuesday of the month. 858.759.6425, sheridanboutique.com 

 

Best Shoes: Cedros Soles & Nordstrom
From sandals to stillettos, Nordstrom’s extensive shoe salons offer not only the latest footwear, but extended sizes and widths. nordstrom.com. For a more intimate shopping experience, Cedros Soles in Cedros Design District has a well-curated mix of shoes that are not only trend-setting but comfy. 858.794.9911, cedrossoles.com

 

Best Formal Wear: Nordstrom
Whether you need a little black dress for a cocktail party or a big deal gown for a charity ball, Ranch & Coast readers rate Nordstrom tops when it comes to dressing for special occasions. Nordies carries a large selection of designer brands for both women and men, and will outfit your entire wedding party in style. nordstrom.com

 

Best Jewelry Store: Tiffany & Co.
Holly Golightly got it so right. There’s nothing like Tiffany & Co. for a little (or a lot) of retail therapy. The world’s premier jeweler since 1837, when Louis Comfort Tiffany opened a “fancy goods” store in New York City, Tiffany now has two locations in San Diego County – in Fashion Valley and at the recently renovated Westfield UTC. Famous for its “Tiffany setting, the quintessential engagement ring, Tiffany diamonds have dazzled us for 176 years. tiffany.com

 

Best Accessories: Fairen Del
This boutique at Del Mar’s Flower Hill is abloom with boots, belts, baubles, and bling! Founded by Irina Rachow, the store features jewelry, handbags, shoes, and plenty of gift ideas from “the divine to the whimsical.” 800.761.1140, fairendel.com

 

Best Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret
A secret no more, VS, with locations throughout San Diego County, is the place to shop for sexy lingerie and sultry swimwear, along with shoes, accessories and beauty products. Its signature Pink line also has tees, tanks, and sweats. victoriassecret.com

 

Best Resale Shop: RSF Garden Club Upscale Resale Shoppe
It’s down in the basement, but the treasures are upscale. The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s resale shop at La Granada and Avenida de Acacias is chock full of clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, household items, tools, and toys. Proceeds support horticultural, educational, and community service agencies. 858.756.4101, rsfgardenclub.org) ANDREA NAVERSEN

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