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When you need a great spring dress, Belmont isn?t usually the first place that comes to mind.

But a darling new boutique has changed the scene.

Located close to Southport on the avenue, Standout Style was recently opened by local stylist Tamika Maria Price, who has stocked the very small but well-edited women?s store with cute tops, amazingly affordable denim (we love the $59 Poetic Justice skinnies), hip clutches, fun jewelry and other great finds. Every piece in the entire store costs less than $250, and many come from local designers. (Check out this adorable MacBook sleeve made right here in Chicago.)

But the highlight is definitely the robust selection of dresses. When we stopped by, we had to try on the multicolored wrap dress by Love Verse ($155), and the black peplum cocktail dress ($110) and a halter maxi ($70), both from the Standout Style in-house label.

Not super fancy but still reliable and unique? Meet your new spring fling.

Standout Style Boutique, 1419 W. Belmont St.; 773-549-7526 or

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