Women's clothing stores in New York City (alphabetical)
Butter by Nadia
This is the company that made the kind of dress that you can wrap in hundreds of ways, literally. It basically gives you hundreds of dresses in one dress! You can wrap it conservatively to go to work, then re-wrap in a sexy style to go straight to tango. There are a whole bunch of gorgeous colors to choose from, and there are stores that sell them here in NYC. The factory is in Brooklyn and sometimes they have sample sales, if you sign up for their emails and/or their Facebook page, you can get all the info. The stores that sell their dresses are listed on the site. The store I bought my dresses from is called A Tempo, 290 Columbus Avenue between 73/74. So visit the Butter by Nadia site and see what they have, then you can either order online or call one of the stores here in NY and see if they have the dress you want in stock!
Century 21 Department Store
This is a New York classic and is full of great bargains if you have the patience to endure the crowds and ridiculously limited dressing room which causes huge lines. It's worth dropping in, maybe before or after going to check out Chino Hara's Felina shoes in her place a few short blocks away from the downtown location, or at one of the other 2 NYC locations.
Downtown location: 22 Cortlandt Street between Church and Broadway
Upper West Side location: 1972 Broadway between 66th and 67th
Brooklyn location: 472 86th Street (Bay Ridge Brooklyn)
Very inexpensive clothes, I've found things here like sexy crop sweaters, corsets for $5. It's basically an overstock store so they have good brand names for cheap. The dressing room is horrible but it is worth it for the deals.
664 Lexington Avenue
56 West 45th Street
43 West 33rd Street
Wall Street Area:
110 Church Street
78 Nassau Street
27 William Street
New York City's "premiere rockabilly, pin up and burlesque boutique"! Hey, what more could you want? There are many times when you need something a little different for a special theme milonga, Halloween or just to kick things up a notch. This is a small store but packed with goodies... along the same lines as Bettie Page Clothes but with it's own flavor. They're down the street and around the corner from each other, you could go check them both out on the way to a milonga at the Ukrainian! Or check out the Brooklyn location of Enz's!
Manhattan location: 125 2nd Ave (between 7th and 8th streets)
Manhattan phone: 212-228-1943
Park Slope location: 171 5th Ave
Park Slope phone: 718-230-0805
La Mina Tango Boutique
This is NYC's very first tango boutique where you can find lots of wonderful tango shoes and clothes in an actual store! They're located at 1133 Broadway, Suite 1203 (between 25 and 26 street) and are open 12pm to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday. If you want to go at another time, you can make an appointment 5 days a week!
Have some $$$$ and want to look totally unusual and amazing? Take a look at these designers, Maureen Roberts and Mike Lublin. They are extremely skillful silk dye artists who do their own dying and make luminescent, ethereal dresses, shirts and skirts out of the material. Expensive but totally worth it if you have a special occasion. You can visit their appointment-only Manhattan location or visit their Etsy store to see some of their clothes.
Here is a great article about the designers
One of the best places for stockings that don't constrict around the waist. Most of the Leg Avenue stockings are here and they are very good. There are approximately one million addresses in Manhattan. Here are all of them:
375 Broadway (between Franklin & White Street) 212.925.5490 (year round costume superstore)
590 Broadway (between Houston & Prince St.) 212.226.5552
44 East 8th Street (corner of Greene St) 212.254.5247
466 6th Avenue (between 11th and 12th St.) 212.924.3401
111 Third Avenue, (between 13th and 14th st.) 212.674.9640
7 East 14th Stree, (between 5th Ave. and University Pl) 212.691.7930
142 8th Avenue (corner of 17th St.) 212.242.4288
267 West 23rd Street (between 7th & 8th Ave.) 212.206.0234
373 Third Avenue (corner of 27th and 3rd) 212.253.7114
383 Fifth Avenue (between 35th and 36th St.) 212.481.6701
1412 Broadway (39th St.) 212.768.1175
728 Ninth Avenue (between 49th and 50th St.) 212.245.1265
332 West 57th st. (between 8th and 9th Avenue) 212-247-8010
1189 First Avenue (between 64th and 65th St.) 212.879.8361
112 West 72nd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam) 212.769.3678
1380 Third Avenue (between 78th and 79th St.) 212.737.7723
472 Columbus Avenue (between 82nd and 83rd St.) 212.724.4590
1574 Third Avenue (between 88th and 89th St.) 212.996.7030
2906-08 Broadway (between 113th & 114th) 212.280.2861