Let these local boutiques spruce up your wardrobe ahead of fall cocktail parties and events.
The racks at Penelope Boutique are filled with elegant options.
This San Jose den of chic specializes in curating pieces that will stand out from the crowd. Penelope offers top-notch tailoring services, personal shopping and wardrobe consultation, making prep for a formal event a breeze. On the racks, shoppers will find everything from cocktail dresses to delicate blouses that pair easily with heels. Likewise, Penelope also has special-occasion gowns from designers like Jovani, Scala and Terani Couture. 2960 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. A, San Jose, 408.554.0054
Fillmore & 5th
When searching for the perfect dress, it’s hard to go wrong with one from a designer consignment boutique like Fillmore & 5th. Here, shoppers can browse high-end formal attire, accessories and shoes from coveted designers, including Burberry, Fendi, Jimmy Choo and Prada. Be sure to check back frequently, as the racks are constantly swapped based on new styles that come and go every day. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Ste. 88, Palo Alto,650.329.8677
BellaJames Women’s Boutique
Owners and sisters-in-law Vicky Malvini and Lisa Morris define their boutique’s style as an eclectic blend of fashion-forward clothing. The San Jose shop boasts elegant offerings fit for a formal event. Whether patrons leave the store with a knee-length black dress or a statement-making halter jumpsuit to pair with a blazer, an outfit from BellaJames is sure to make heads turn. 1371 Lincoln Ave., San Jose,408.292.0000
This boutique has become a favorite among locals in search of contemporary, ready-to-wear designs. From elegant Ulla Johnson floral dresses to chic Veronica Beard blouses and jackets, there are endless ways to style a look with Alys Grace’s pieces. Don’t forget to browse the shop’s jewelry and accessories before heading out— something might catch your eye. Multiple locations