Holiday time is here, bringing family gatherings, school and work events, parties with friends and many other seasonal celebrations both secular and spiritual. Whether attending Sacramento Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” hitting the clubs for holiday cheer, seeing the Theatre of Lights in Old Sacramento or watching the winter wonderland program at your kid’s school, being decked out in just the right attire is important. These unique capital city shops can help you get ready, get set and go, holiday style.
Article Consignment Boutique
706 56th St. Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 316-5772

This boutique carries new and nearly new handbags, shoes and clothing from top international designers as well as from talented local artisans. The stock is upscale and carefully chosen, and the friendly, knowledgeable owners can help you select the look that is perfect for your holiday gathering. Shopping for consignment couture is a great way to pick up beautiful – and beautifully made – apparel and accessories. Items are available in a wider range of sizes than in some boutiques, where sizes are often limited to single-digit numbers. The shop also sells quality designer menswear and even stocks lovely maternity clothes.

Sparkle Bridal Couture
3200 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 538-6615

Ignore the word bridal in its name and head to Sparkle for glamorous party couture for women in sizes 14-30. Rather than squeezing into styles designed for tiny figures, Sparkle has gorgeous outfits created especially to flatter and accentuate your curves. A variety of dresses, gowns, jewelry and other accessories are available, whether your look is elegant and chic or downright hot and sassy. The owner and staff are very welcoming and will make sure you leave happy.

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Violet Muse Boutique
2600 Fair Oaks Blvd. Suite 113
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 481-6873

If visions of trendy clothes dance through your head during the holidays, head to Violet Muse. Looking hot for parties and get-togethers is easy with the au courant styles available at the boutique, and the staff is happy to help you put your look together. The clothing is well made and nicely displayed, and the selection of jewelry will complete your holiday look with ease.

Krazy Mary’s
3230 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-6279

Sugar Shack Boutique
2425 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 447-4435

These two boutiques, owned by the same small businesswoman, are focused on making you look beautiful for that special holiday get-together. Check them out for fresh and fashion-forward pieces, including trendy lace dresses, spicy glam minis, local artisan jewelry, stylish denim and cold-weather tops that won’t let you win that ugly holiday sweater contest at work. The boutiques offers the latest looks for everything from chic sophistication to boho casual and the customer service is excellent.

2522 J St. Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 822-7473

Rire’s midtown shop is on J Street, but the initial boutique inside East Sac Mercantile on Folsom Boulevard remains open as well. The clothing, jewelry and accessories are handpicked from favorite designers, and come with price tags more reasonable than you might expect. Styles tend toward the trendy, and new items are rotated in all of the time.

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