Maje
Maje dresses for work and play.

Here?s a little-known secret about Oak Street: There?s more to it than $3,300 cashmere horse-head pillows.

Say bonjour to French sister brands Sandro and Maje, which just opened side-by-side boutiques in the Esquire Theatre retail space. The labels are less pricey than their neighbors Tom, Christian and Gabbana--but just as chic.

Like all sisters, the shops have their differences: Sandro is edgy and sleek, while Maje is flirty and feminine. Both are our new go-to spots for little black dresses. Here are the LBDs we want now (and where we?d wear them).

Client Cocktails Maje?s Fraicheur dress ($470) has demure sleeves and an interesting beading detail to show you?re on your game, and its slightly daring V-neck won?t give your boss a heart attack.

Valentine?s Date The laser cutouts on Maje?s Eryne dress ($340) are eye-catching but not spill-soup-in-his-lap distracting. Make sure you leave the table for a minute--the sexy scooped back will give him something to remember.

Opera Tickets The long lace sleeves on Sandro?s Reine dress ($510) make it dramatic enough for seeing the Lyric?s current Italian classic.

Snow Day Sandro?s faux-leather-banded Ruban dress (from the winter collection; on sale for $195) offers enough coverage to wear right now with tights and boots.

Maje, 100 E. Oak St., 312-649-9228 or us.maje.com; Sandro, 102 E. Oak St., 312-649-9224 or us.sandro-paris.com

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