2048 N. Damen, (773)772-7429, vivelafemme.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing and accessories for women size twelve and up. Designers: Kiyonna, B& lu, Karen Kane, Redskew, Zen Knits, Blue Plate Comfy USA, iAmore and Olivia Harper. Owner: Stephanie Sack opened the shop to “snub the stereotype that fashion is for size-sixers.” Vibe: Light pink walls with brown accents make the location a soft and calm place. But despite the tone-down in decor, the place has a high-energy vibe. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: Grabs life by the horns. Loves color, partying and anything with panache. Girly with a sophisticated side. Shopper’s Perks: Frequent onsite networking events allow girls to get together and gab.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009