One of my favorite boutiques, Ballard’s Velouria, opened a sister store on Capitol Hill in December. The airy, light-filled space is ideal for showcasing local designers such as Deco Modiste and Lekkerlife (both lines currently offer color-saturated dresses that are perfect for special occasions, $120-$148). The new store also carries men’s and children’s clothing - a first for Velouria. The Seattle-based designer, Michael Cepress, creates men’s neckwear ranging from bow ties ($68) to full-length skinny or wide ties ($45-$70). The patterns and cuts are both dashing and stylish, making these accessories more date-worthy than boardroom conservative. My absolute love-at-first sight item was the dapper, multi-striped ascot ($38) which reminded me of something straight from The Great Gatsby.
Velouria Boutique & Gallery, 1521 Melrose Ave.; 206.632.1130; shopvelouria.com.