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Peruvian Connection
Photo by James Atkins.

Attempting to pass off loungewear as acceptable out-and-about apparel? Yeah, we’re guilty. Good thing we’ve discovered the new Peruvian Connection store in Lincoln Park, where the clothing is simultaneously comfortable and outside-world appropriate.

The Chicago boutique is just the sixth for the three-decades-old chain known mostly for its catalogs, but the business model feels very of-the-moment. Peruvian Connection’s dresses, sweaters and denim are designed in-house, then produced by South American artisans who are paid fair-trade wages and work in top-notch conditions.

At the shabby-chic store, we coveted easygoing, everyday looks that had spring written in their fibers: a fresh-looking high-low dress in a damask pattern ($239), a simple black frock with a flutter skirt ($159) and an unexpected white nightgown made of supersoft pima cotton ($118).

Then we went a little boho with a checked tassel scarf ($29) and a striped shrug ($298) in a breathable loose knit. It looks like a beautiful handcrafted garment but feels enough like a sweatshirt to keep us couch potatoes happy.

Peruvian Connection, 925 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-975-4088 or

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