- Bettie Page
303 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 646-478-7006
Vintage-clothing connoisseurs may bristle at the notion of reproductions, but Tatyana Khomyakova’s Bettie Page boutique offers something no consignment shop can: consistent sizing for zaftig ladies. The showroom is a temple of figure-enhancing frocks, with pink walls and side tables piled high with silky scarves and cat’s-eye shades. Shopgirls who could have stepped off a John Huston set nod affirmatively as patrons slip in and out of the type of body-conscious styles seen clinging for dear life to the curves of Joan Holloway: knee-length pencil skirts, nipped waistlines, and chest-hugging halters ranging from XXS to 4X (approximately 0 to 20). Pumps, handbags, and micro-cardigans help complete the anachronistic ensembles.
Best Pinup Dresses
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).