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Dressed with Distinction

Walk through more than a week's worth of outfits with two of the area's most popular women's clothing boutiques.

Article by Jennifer Draher

Photography by Terry Fravel

Originally published in Canton Lifestyle

Laura of Pembroke
Modeled by Julie Mertes, Jackson Township

Laura of Pembroke is a family-owned boutique that has been elevating the wardrobe of Northeast Ohio women since 1987. With locations in Canton (Whipple Avenue) and Cleveland (Pinecrest Shopping Village), Laura of Pembroke curates an exquisite collection of women's fashion, as well as gifts, lighting, and home furnishings.

Three generations collaborate to offer upscale style for women who want to stand out in social circles. You’ll find everything from sequined blouses and flirty dresses, to sleek blazers and on-trend outerwear. Sophisticated and tailored pieces, made with high-end fabrics attract a wide array of fashionable females to the store and its online shop.

Beyond clothing, you’ll find a slew of jewelry, handbags and purses, scarves, wallets and more. The wide-ranging collection of shoes boasts glitter heels, suede sneakers and everything in between.

Who doesn’t love a classic white blouse? This styled shoot clearly shows the boutique’s stance on wearing white: it’s not just for summer! Flexible separates – like the Lorna Top by Bailey 144 ($139) and Carter Wide-Leg Ankle Jean by Marie Oliver ($178) – offer endless options to brighten up your fall wardrobe.

Another versatile staple to add to your ensemble this fall is the Silver Houndstooth Pull-On Pant by Krazy Larry ($119). It’s professional yet festive, and pairs well here with a Metallic Silver Clutch by Sondra Roberts ($75).

When the weather turns and you’re ready to layer up, look no further than the fashion-forward Zebra Jacket by John & Jenn ($135). Wear it to a business meeting or a backyard bonfire; you can’t go wrong with this festive print. The boutique’s wide-ranging outerwear collection also includes must-haves jackets from Ciao Milano (like the khaki one pictured here for $159).

There’s no shortage of casual weekend wear, either. Kick back at home or take the dog on a walk in the dress-down, yet dignified pieces like the Blue Sweatshirt by Stateside ($126) or Jeans by J Brand ($198).

When you shop at Laura of Pembroke for pieces like these, you’ll feel confident, chic and classy. Get your fashion fix now at lauraofpembroke.com.

Heading Two: The District Boutique
Modeled by Samantha Rogers, Hartville

The District Boutique, located in nearby Green, is a high-quality fashion boutique specializing in unique women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories. Each style featured on The District’s social media profiles and in-store are hand-selected and exclusive to the Northeast Ohio area.

The mix of feminine, dressy options with casual, on-the-go pieces most often draws in women between the ages of 25 and 60. New styles arrive daily, so customers are always able to find the latest, on-trend apparel and accessories.

Women who shop at The District pop in on their lunch break eager to find unique separates that they can dress up to wear to the office or a special event. Others swing by after dropping off the kids at soccer practice. They come in to find fun, flexible pieces – even hats and sunglasses – that are perfect to show off while spectating the next ball game.

In addition to everyday styles, customers flock to the store specifically to shop for upcoming vacations, baby and/or bridal showers, graduations, a new job, or simply to upgrade their wardrobe.

From the tie-dye maxi dress ($48) to the open-knit crop sweater ($46), the outfits showcased here include classic silhouettes with a little extra frill. They’re comfortable and classy, and the unexpected, fun details will steer you back to the boutique for more. Shop online at lovethedistrict.com.

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