Shopping & Style

Best Places To Shop For Smart Casual Clothes For Women In The Twin Cities

November 3, 2010 1:54 PM

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When you looked polished in a pair of jeans or khakis, people will notice and assume things like you are organized, confident and smart.


Multiple locations

There is so much outfit potential at this national chain that touts three Twin Cities locations, it is ridiculous. With a huge inventory and great selection of sizes, you are sure to find signature pieces season after season that help you define a smart casual look for the relaxed office, casual Fridays and special weekend affairs.

Club Monaco

Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

This national chain, located at the Mall of America, brings a taste of New York to the Twin Cities with its urban chic pieces that will quickly dress up your favorite basics. In addition to stylish options, they hem pants for free and offer a college student discount. Now that is smart.


318 E Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Amongst the growing number of consignment shops, this new addition stands out. Located on Hennepin Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, it offers designer brands including plus sizes. Treat yourself to pre-owned luxury brands at amazing prices that will upgrade any outfit.

Grethen House

4930 France Avenue
Edina, MN 55410

The styles and fabrics that line the racks are simply beautiful. They look comfortable, feel luxurious and have all the right details deserving of the substantial prices. A generous inventory of styles from cutting edge designers may make it challenging to settle on just one item.

Hot Mama

As I discovered first hand, this locally owned store with seven Twin Cities locations is not just for pregnant women. Find trend-right pieces from sweaters and t-shirts to designer jeans that will ensure you feel young while looking smart including a great selection of jeans, sweaters, tops and jewelry. The helpful customer service and kid-friendly areas will make shopping easier for everyone.

Lane Bryant

For affordable plus-size style Lane Bryant is a popular go-to store with eleven Twin Cities locations and an attractive customer rewards program. Bright colors, pants in a variety of fits and styles that work on curvy women make it easy to shop for outfits or separates that can sharpen up a casual look.


As the younger sister store to Ann Taylor with seven Twin Cities locations, prices are more affordable and the items are perfect for the casual day at work. The styles trend on pretty, the skirt and dress hemlines are above the knee and the the accessories are made for a put together look.

The Limited

A broad selection of casual and career separates can be dressed up or down, respectively and respectfully speaking. Find smart casual essential top layers like jackets and sweaters in the season’s latest trends at prices that will get you through the season in style without breaking the bank. Find this national brand at five Twin Cities locations.

Nordstrom Rack

Multiple locations

With two Twin Cities locations and a massive selection of discounted brand names, this is a must-shop for building smart casual outfits. The outlet carries quality brands from each department of the main store plus a plethora of items specific to the outlet.

Off 5th Avenue

655 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

It is hard to beat a discounted selection of better brand names as well as designers in one stop. Find signature pieces – from tops and dresses to shoes and accessories – to add to a smart casual outfit or create a whole new one during the mid-day break from your Downtown Minneapolis office.

-Sasha Westin is a local image consultant specializing in helping people learn how to dress in their best colors and styles. She shares client makeovers, style basics and outfit ideas on the Fabuliss blog, hosts an open discussion called #stylechat Sunday nights on Twitter and is passionate about helping everyone have success with style.

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