Midwest Living Review
It's not uncommon for customers of Bangles boutique to shop for what owner Paulette Domke is wearing. Her store reflects her sense of eclectic, relaxed style. The artsy Valparaiso boutique carries indie designer clothing and accessories Paula picks up at shows in New York and Chicago. Bangles' killer casual clothes easily dress up or down, with designer accessories starting at $40. (Think chunky beaded and natural stone necklace or big buckled belt.) Paula helps customers see a core piece's multiple possibilities. She wanders about the shop pulling scarves, jackets, jewelry and sweaters changing a look in an instant. The flowing, linen sack dress with embroidered flowers on the straps goes easily from backyard barbecue to summer wedding shower with the addition of a retro-chic macrame vest. New shipments arrive almost weekly, the perfect excuse for fashionistas in the area to stop by often. Like girlfriends do, they advise each other on what looks best and catch up on town events all in the same sentence. Chicagoans with weekend beach houses shop Bangles for threads and baubles. Prices are reasonable compared to big-city boutiques, especially during Bangles' late-summer sale.