Denise Alden seeks out plus-size pieces that manage to be both sophisticated and comfortable, like Zen Knits deep V-neck tops, Elena Mirò's runway-worthy frocks and Nic + Zoe's vibrant knits.
794 Grand Ave., 651-330-2605, bomb-shell-boutique.com
This pink-walled lingerie boutique balances the sweet, the sexy and the downright sizzling, with contemporary brands like La Fée Verte and LJT by Les Jupons de Tess.
177 Snelling Ave. N., 651-698-3692, flirt-boutique.com
For the last two decades, Lula has served up racks of ethereal dresses, plus the best array of vintage headpieces we've ever seen.
1587 Selby Ave., 651-644-4110, lulavintagemn.com