Find your sparkle

And staring into your closet, trying to come up with a different outfit for each event can get exhausting. Luckily, OKC is full of cute little boutiques with everything you need to update your wardrobe, add something new to spruce up pieces you already have and add a little twinkle with some jewelry.

On A Whim (; 5850 N. Classen Blvd.; 848-3488) is a one-stop shop for everything party-related.

This store stocks clothing, shoes, jewelry and a copious amount of gift items perfect for that one last-minute thing you forgot. Choose from a large selection of high-end sequined dresses, skirts and blouses. Need a pair of flats or heels to complete your outfit?

On A Whim has you covered. Get your bling on at its enormous jewelry counter that offers everything from sparkly earrings to modest bracelets. Stop by the gift side of the store and choose from candles, knick-knacks and seasonal treats on your way out.

If you prefer a wide-open shop that doesn’t overwhelm, visit Bow & Arrow Boutique (; 617 N. Broadway Ave.; 601-0605). This quaint boutique in Automobile Alley offers carefully chosen party dresses for both those who want to make a flashy statement and those who prefer to keep things classic, as well as trendy sweaters, blouses and skirts you will be able to dress up or down and wear long after you’ve washed the confetti from your hair. Peruse a fun selection of jewelry, handbags and scarves to complete your outfit.

If you aim to exude an aura of days gone by, Ruff Life Lingerie & Vintage (; 1706 NW 16th St.; 408-9230) has exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t let the name scare you; yes, Ruff Life is dedicated to providing OKC women of every shape and size with great lingerie, but it also has a passion for vintage clothing. Its shop owners comb area estate sales to find amazing classic pieces you can’t find anywhere else. Choose from fancy cocktail dresses to pencil skirts you can dress up with a frilly statement top.

J. Lilly’s Boutique (; 10901 NE 23rd St., Nicoma Park; 769-4789) is a great place to shop if you’re looking for something different. J. Lilly’s is full of gauzy, vintageinspired dresses with accents of lace, buttons, ribbons, ruffles and flounces — they look great with patterned tights and wingtip-style heels, flats or even a belt and cowboy boots. Trust me.

It also offers a selection of unique jewelry and scarves to dress up any look.

Let’s shop, OKC!

Brittany Pickering

Brittany is a copy editor and occasional writer. She holds a bachelors degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and a certificate in publishing from The Publishing Institute at the University of Denver. She has spent the last six years copyediting books and journalistic writing.

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