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Spring is here, on the calendar and in Colorado, with temperatures warming and everyone ditching their coats and fleece-lined leggings for something a bit lighter, and more airy. Warm temperatures mean shorter sleeves, flirtier fabrics, and higher hemlines as well as a new season of trends to explore, and where better to shop for the festival season’s boho chic aesthetic than Denver’s own Starlet.
Nestled between two urban-styled eateries on South Broadway, the average Denver denizen might be forgiven for walking past Starlet, but the true fashionistas know that for spring, Starlet is a must-stop shop, a Colorado boutique for Anthropolgie girls who don’t (or can’t) pay Anthropolgie prices. With its pastel painted vintage fixtures, soft lighting, and resident pup who jumps from his bed beside the cash wrap to greet every customer who walks in the door, it is the boho beauty’s boutique. A store that ends the spirited sister’s search for the answer to the question WWSNS: where would Stevie Nicks shop?
And with New York Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2017 runways full of vintage 70s threads by way of 1994, it’s the perfect store to get the full story on what’s in store for spring.
There is absolutely nothing basic about the designers and collections at Starlet, which is very in keeping with spring’s new romantic aesthetic. “Every piece will have something unique, lace detailing or ruffled hems,” says Starlet owner and founder, Kristi Walstra. Everything has a modern vintage vibe, from Friday night cocktail dresses to Easter Sunday ensembles, fun and flirty fabrics that are full of movement and playful, whimsical details.
Embroidery is still really on trend, Kristi explained on the day she showed me around Starlet, showing me a turquoise She + Sky dress ($45) with silver embroidered floral detailing and cut-away cold shoulder sleeves. The entire collection from She + Sky features embroidery, lace, or appliqués in empire waste babydoll shapes that can pair as easily with a very modern open-toed boot and floral studded appliqué purse ($38) or retro choker and lug soled boot for a 90s revival that is absolutely on point.
For a vintage vibe that is pure 1970s, Kristi pulls together a cream colored dress from SM Wardrobe ($45) that’s covered in a grey and mint bird wallpaper motif, a brand which focuses on unique and stylishly-shaped womenswear. Despite the airy, trapeze shape, this dress looks amazing because the shape is universally flattering, and more over, it has one of my favorite features that’s taking off in dresses right now: pockets! Paired with mint-colored sunglasses and a pair of strappy sandals, it’s a look that’s perfect to take you from Sunday brunch to Sunday afternoon concert series.
Finally, Kristy pulls out a dress that quickly became both my and model Maddie’s favorite dress of the shoot: a cobalt blue, drop-waist halter dress from loveriche ($48) with bright colored pompom detailing, that Maddie absolutely cannot stop twirling about in. “Pompoms are very big right now; you’ll see them as details on a lot of pieces here,” Kristi says, motioning to several other pieces from loveriche with pompoms on the sleeves, neck, and hemline. The best part is they don’t really need to be accessorized to style them. Pompoms are kind of their own accessory; just pair with a cute nude flat or strappy nude heel, and you’re set!
All looks courtesy of:
Starlet – Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
Starlet – 32nd Ave
3450 W. 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211