5 Best Dressing Rooms Mick Margo After suffering through H&M-style horror at Barneys Co-op, you’ll be shocked to walk into this tiny boutique’s old Hollywood style boudoir of a dressing room.19 Commerce St. Anthropologie Doors that actually close? Classy little hooks on which to hang clothing? Bliss! 375 W Broadway Ghost Don’t be deceived by this wispy Bond Street boutique’s stark interior and haunting clothing — its back rooms boast real furniture. 28 Bond St. DKNY on Madison Top secret! If you head upstairs and nag the room toward the back of the dressing area, you could probably bring a shopping entourage. 655 Madison Ave. Kiki de Montparnasse Lingerie, “intimate accessories,” decadent bath supplies… and velvet-curtained dressing rooms with mood lighting. Indeed. 79 Greene St.
Best Place to Buy an Outfit You Think Makes You Look Like Carrie Bradshaw but Actually Makes You Look Like a Drag Queen The New Patricia Field The 13-year-old girl who lives inside of all of us (that’s right, all of us) died a little when the original Patricia Field closed, but was re-born in all her miniskirt-and-glitter-tee splendor when Ms. Field reopened with fury on the Bowery. Come on, guys, admit it — for every “horseshoe necklace” and “Christian Louboutin” ensemble Carrie wore, didn’t you gasp a little at a “cocktail dress with a bunny-tail” and “men’s dress shirt with platforms” concoction? 302 Bowery
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Albertine We can’t say enough about this place. Their clothing ranges from unique to one-of-a-kind and their accessories run the gamut from punk-girly to antique. 13 Christopher St. Destination Pick up everything from ‘feats of design’-style hats to ‘conversation piece’ accessories. 32 Little West 12th St. Amarcord (Brooklyn location) Why bother hunting around the city for exquisite vintage when the owners of Amarcord have done it for you? The Bedford Avenue location even stocks menswear… 223 Bedford Ave. The Conran Shop You can get lost in this uber-contemporary design store, between Lucite chairs to organic beauty products to modern foosball tables. 407 E 59 St. Urban Outfitters We know, they’re a chain. It’s terrible. But if you’re looking for something quick and not-too-expensive, they have hysterical table books and accessories that make you look like you put some effort into the buying — even if you didn’t. 374 Ave of the Americas, 162 Second Ave.