Add an item, a piece of jewelry or put together an impressive outfit that expresses who you are and where you are going.


Bluebird Boutique

Multiple locations, for more information see their website

Cute and trendy pieces at affordable prices fill this locally owned shop that has quickly expanded to three Twin Cities locations. Geared towards women who are determined to stay in touch with trends, the shop has separates including a colorful selection of tops and cool jackets perfect for the first date and beyond.



2403 Lyndale Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 870-0420

At first blush, this shop — located on a quiet block between Uptown and Downtown — is all eye candy. Upon closer look, this store is easy to shop with a one-level layout and pieces that will mix and match with what you already have in your colorful closet. Remember to look at the locally designed jewelry and accessories before settling on your final look.



3601 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 746-4440

For the grown up date that requires a cocktail or evening dress you are likely to find a perfect fit at Dress Up Go Out in the Galleria, Edina. With unique designers and an emphasis on service, you will leave looking and feeling like a queen for your special occasion.



867 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 291-1997

One of the biggest reasons I like this local boutique is the location, conveniently set amidst a busy block on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. It is stocked with cute tops that will pair with your leggings, skinnys and pencils with a style aesthetic that Mpls. St. Paul magazine describes as “urban hippie with a girly twist.”


Len Druskin Outlet

1630 Southdale Mall
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 920-0472

While doing research for this list, I could not stop shopping for myself. With an ample selection of trendy tops and sweaters, stop here over your lunch hour or during the weekend to shop discounted casual separates for a first date with your online match or the first date of your renewed life.


Parc Boutique

320 E Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 353-4966

While I must admit to not having shopped the old space, the new space for this locally-owned boutique is girly elegance at its best. A spacious layout offers a calming environment to shop everything from premium basics to locally designed jewelry, perfect for the casual or power dating schedules.



618 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 414-0091

This newly opened boutique filled with adorable tops and dresses sits on the corner of Selby and Dale in St. Paul worthy of any first date. You will easily be able to walk out with multiple items due to the extremely affordable prices targeted at the “fashion obsessed and broke.”



Multiple locations, check their website

Ah yes, the Twin Cities’ old standby. With cute basics in a variety of styles and regularly featuring ready-to-wear from the hottest designers, you will be sure to find something for a series of first dates. Add a new pair of trendy shoes and a necklace for extra points. Plus sizes are in stores and petite sizes are online.



Mall of America
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-5330

Look no further for plus-sized fun fashions at reasonable prices. The shopping experience is a little intense with its store at the Mall of America that is packed wall-to-wall. That said, it is a relief to see more cute options for curvy girls from casual pieces to lingerie, fit for the youthful woman’s first date.


Urban Outfitters

Multiple locations, check their website

For the ultimate urban hipster date, Urban Outfitters rules. With a huge selection of dresses, tops and bottoms you will surely impress your dates (and your friends) with your sense of style. Find everything including sweaters, tops, jeans and dresses at their Mall of America or Uptown location.

-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.