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Crazy Fabulous Party Clothes

Westport dazzles with hip local boutiques

Article by Robin Moyer Chung

Photography by Mindy Briar

Originally published in Westport Lifestyle

Westport Lifestyle had a mission for Maria Risso Rowbotham of Style by Risso (@stylebyrisso): Dress five of our readers in festive outfits from local boutiques.

We selected three of our favorite shops: Fred Sip and Shop, West, and Scout & Molly’s of Westport. I accompanied Maria on her style pulls (and heroically volunteered to model a sixth irresistible ensemble) and was amazed by the confidence and ease with which she selected and assembled car-stopping looks. Moreover, I was dazzled by the selection of spectacular and unique threads available in our downtown shops.

The result? Stunning outfits for every holiday soirée, from gala events to dinner parties. Or to simply throw on after the kids have their tantrums as a gentle reminder that life still rocks.

Shop local, look amazing, and have fun, Westport!



Maria Risso Rowbotham @stylebyrisso 


West @west2westport

Fred @thefredshop

Scout & Molly's of Westport @scoutandmollyswestport

Hair and Makeup

Blow Dry Westport @blowdry_sw 


Design Within Reach Westport @designwithinreach


Mindy Briar @mindybriar

Rawleigh Morse

Top: West; RTA $165

Pants: West; cinq à sept $395

Earrings: Fred; Dannijo $350

Sarah Boksa

Sweater: Fred; Le Superbe $375

Skirt: Fred; Le Superbe $345

Earrings: Fred; Jenny Bird $65

Daniela Ackley

Dress: West; cinq à sept $395

Ring: Fred; Jenny Bird $72

Robin Moyer Chung

Dress: Scout and Molly's of Westport; Hutch $450

Earrings: Scout and Molly's of Westport; Mignonne Gavigan $175

Annalyce Loretto

Jumpsuit: Fred; Allen Schwartz $465

Ruby Hedge

Pants: Fred; Le Superbe $425

Blazer: Models Own

Earring (worn as brooch): Scout and Molly; Mignonne Gavigan $125 (for the pair)


Stylist's Tips

Stylist's tip #1: Mix metals! Gold and silver can be combined in the most beautiful ways. I love a silver blouse with gold accessories. Balance it with a grounding solid color like a shade of green, red or pink.

Stylist's tip #2: Invest in timeless pieces. A great coat, well-tailored pants, the perfect white button-down - these three pieces alone can be the base of a great wardrobe. 

Stylist's tip #3: Lip color. Find a daytime and a nighttime shade for your skin tone, especially when you are wearing shades of white and grey. It really helps your skin tone pop. Tip: when trying lip shades, go outside to check the color. Store lighting isn’t always the best.

Stylist's tip #4: Tailoring. Everyone needs it. We are not one size fits all. Well-tailored clothing makes all the difference. For example, A wide-leg pant is so chic but not everyone can pull off so much fabric, so have the legs taken in a bit to get the best proportion and silhouette. 

Stylist's tip #5: Update your LBD: Take your favorite little black dress and add accessories! It’s easy to forget how much an accessory can finish a look. Dangly sparkly earrings elevate a little black dress in an instant. 

  • Annalyce Loretto
  • Rawleigh Morse
  • Sarah Boksa
  • Rawleigh Morse
  • Robin Moyer Chung
  • Ruby Hedge
  • Annalyce Loretto
  • Sarah Boksa
  • Daniela Ackley
  • With stylist Maria Risso Rowbotham.