A few phone calls by our intrepid reporter reveals an eclectic mix of Spring 2012  Must Buys at Baltimore’s local fashion boutiques. There’s lots of talk about a “return to glamour,” about hour-glass figures (or at least the illusion of them), about pastels and neon brights and floral prints. So here, inspired by the New York runways and tailored to what the Baltimore market will bear, are seven top picks and a few pics:

Double Dutch Boutique

Leslie Jennings, Co-owner

“Dresses with a ‘fit and flair’ silhouette.”  Mad Man inspired? “Maybe, but after years of baby doll and slouchy looks, the waisted dress with a full skirt just looks fresh and feminine – it shows off your figure.”

South Moon Under

Taylor Schoette, Marketing Coordinator

“For us, it’s neons – in shoes, in jewelry, in swimwear, we’re all into neon brights. There were hints of it on the runway last fall, in accessories, but now it’s in the bigger statement pieces.”

Ruth Shaw

Ray Mitchener, Owner

Fancy pants. If you’re wearing denim, it needs to be in prints, pattern or color if you don’t want to look like yesterday.”


Carolyn Warner, Store Manager

Espadrilles … and tunics. They’re nothing new, but every year they come back, looking great, and we sell them all day long.”

Urban Chic

Courtney Cannata, Buyer

Corset-inspired dresses with feminine bodices from Shoshanna (former girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld, remember?) for spring. And, not even in-store yet,  red lace – it’s huge for fall.”

Jones & Jones

Karen Ciurca, Store Manager

“Bold prints by Trina Turk, Marc Cain, Eva Fanco.  They’re new, they’re fun, and in the right silhouette, anyone can wear them.”


Sima Blue, Owner

“The Minnie Rose cashmere ruanas (a lightweight wrap) in sherbet colors. We have them with ruffles, with sequins …. and the girls are wearing them with everything from denim to cocktail dresses.”