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Best of the East Bay - Style

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Outlet Boutique

Editor Pick

Photograph by Katrine Naleid→ A new dress could wind up costing more than you’d bargained for when you factor in a clutch, baubles, and pumps. Boutique outlet My Roommate’s Closet helps you stretch your budget with generously discounted designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, and handbags. Sporting overflow items from some of the chicest boutiques in the country, it’s the only place in Walnut Creek where you can score a new Nanette Lepore dress or J Brand jeans for 50 percent off retail.
1366 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 280-8400, www.myroommatescloset.com. —Stephanie Simons


Editor Pick: New and Notable

→ At McMullen, dresses are luscious but low key. Designer labels run the gamut from the iconic (Diane von Furstenberg) to the inventive (Malene Birger) to the totally reliable (Milly, Nanette Lepore, and Rebecca Taylor). Formerly a buyer for Neiman Marcus, owner Sherri McMullen also stocks casual-dressy accessories such as leather clutches by Palo Alto’s Helena de Natalio. Expect all the frills of a high-end department store: tailoring and customer service that go above and beyond.
4395 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, (510) 420-6906, www.shopmcmullen.com. —S.S.

Photograph by Katrine Naleid

Reader Pick

→ Danville’s Erica Perez, who recently opened Duchess Boutique in downtown Lafayette, has a natural talent for seeking out the best of the best, from big names and independent designers alike. We sat down with her to talk about shopping and style.

What’s your favorite thing in your closet right now?
My J Brand Love Story jeans—I have two pairs, and I wear them until they have holes in them. Also, right now, it’s this fuchsia Rory Beca tunic—I don’t know what it is, but everyone loves it. Maybe it’s the color or maybe the style—it’s just fun.

What new designers are you watching?
I’m excited about a new denim line called Found Denim—they’re comparable to J Brand denim but more edgy. Also, Dorothy Lee, a new line I’ve picked up—they have some really classic cardigans with fun, funky details.

What’s your favorite item in the store?
These beautiful gold wedges by Goldenbleu that just arrived. I’m a wedge girl because I’m so short, and this pair is so comfy, you wouldn’t believe it.

What was your worst style mistake ever?
I think the hardest thing for everyone to learn is that even though something is in fashion, it doesn’t always look good on you. I have hips and a booty, so these tight sweater dresses that are everywhere right now are just not for me. They accentuate all the wrong things.
3587 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 962-0208, www.shopduchess.com. —Becki J. Singer


Reader Pick

→ Since Geoffrey Scott first opened in Danville, the shop has become known for its designer jewelry and accessories from the finest design houses. But, the most coveted pieces are those owner Geoffrey Cooper designs himself. Cooper produces about 60 one-of-a-kind pieces each year, priced from $1,500 to upwards of $50,000, and focuses his collection on decadent cocktail rings featuring rare gemstones.

Can’t get enough? A new flagship boutique is scheduled to open in Blackhawk Plaza this fall.
334 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-8570, www.geoffreyscott.com. —B.J.S.

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