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Best Places In Charlotte For Sundresses

May 13, 2014 8:00 AM

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Now is the time to put the winter clothes away for a few months and prepare for warm weather. Greet the sweltering temperatures that will surely come to Charlotte in style. Show off your toned arms and shoulders with some cute sundresses. Whether you prefer vintage, ready to wear or custom made, this list of shops will help get you started in your search.
The Rat’s Nest
442 E. 36 St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 371-3599

If you go to the Rat’s Nest, plan to spend some time browsing, there’s no telling what you might find. But search enough and you’ll find a sundress to turn heads this summer. The shop specializes in vintage clothes, cowboy gear and accessories. Leatherwork for sale includes boots and tooled purses. The owner is also the co-proprietor with his brother of a popular little bar on Central Avenue, The Thirsty Beaver Saloon. This bar was once featured on an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” when Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak (“Don’t Be Tardy For The Party”) were passing through Charlotte on tour.

The Pink Hanger
2935 Providence Road, Suite #103
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 366-7272

You will know you are in the right place when you enter and see walls painted pink. Whether a short sundress or a sleeveless maxi dress is wanted for the summertime, the Pink Hanger has what women desire. Located in the Cotswold area, the inventory ranges from casual to dressy. Customer service is geared to helping women find the perfect look. The boutique has received many accolades from Charlotte Magazine and its readers for being the “Best Women’s Boutique” and for offering the “Best Party Dress” and the “Best Cocktail Dress.” Perhaps your search will yield the best sundress.

Scarlett Plus Size Boutique
4732 Sharon Road, Suite P
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 552-7383

This is the place to go for the woman with curves who wants a high-fashion look. Located near SouthPark Mall, Scarlett Plus Size Boutique includes sundresses and swimwear in its inventory of one-of-a-kind summer items. Customers will get pleasant and attentive service, leaving the store knowing that they have seen or purchased something a cut above the typical offerings for zaftig women. Offerings can be pricey, but ladies will benefit by joining the email list for coupons and notifications about sales.

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Scout & Molly’s

3920 Sharon Road, Suite #B150
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 817-7009

Scout & Molly’s has branches in Cary, Chapel Hill, Charleston and Raleigh. The Charlotte branch opened in 2008 in South Charlotte. The proprietor confirms she has pretty sundresses and wants every visitor to “feel at home” when they shop. Serious fashions are offered by scores of designers from AG to Zoa. Clients of all sizes and ages are welcomed to explore the store. As you shop in a leisurely manner in what the shop touts as a low-pressure environment, you may get a chance to meet the resident canine friend.

House of Africa
1215 Thomas Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-6160

House of Africa is known for its fantastic sculptures, some larger than life. Personal adornment is another of its specialties. If you need a cotton or linen sundress off the rack, House of Africa can accommodate you on a walk-in basis. If you have time and definite ideas on the style of dress you want, pick out your African fabric and have the staff take your measurements. You can get a custom-designed dress with extra flair. House of Africa’s annual Juneteenth Festival is another opportunity to check out some Afrocentric items for beautification including men’s and women’s fashions, head gear, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hair and skin products and scented oils.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at
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