During the Stone Age, dressing for distress was all the rage, because cave people knew tattered threads would make them less likely to be courted by a handsome triceratops. Dress for success with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of clothing, plus a one-hour closet consultation and wardrobe pairing (a $75 value) at Marilyn’s of West Vancouver (a $175 total value).
Marilyn Diligenti-Smith lends her name to the designer-deep women’s boutique, which carries day and evening wear, delicates, shoes, and locally designed artisanal jewellery. Shoppers can play clothing matchmaker by setting up European and North American labels—including Luisa Cerano and Marc Aurel—on blind dates with jeans from Citizens of Humanity and Rich and Skinny. To make flattering adjustments to the boutique’s selection of sizes, which run from 0 through 20, an on-site tailor wields a needle of fashionable justice while patrons comfortably sip tea, coffee, or wine.
Stylists can also help clients weed out their own outdated duds with a one-hour closet consultation and in-store wardrobe pairing, identifying holes in current personal collections and suggesting new outfit combinations. In business for 28 years, Marilyn’s proximity to the ferry terminal provides opportunities for new-outfit sashays and taking new ensembles on their first open-water adventures.
Marilyn’s of West Vancouver
Thirty years ago, Marilyn Diligenti spent her spare time scouring the fashion exchange in search of high-end threads, which she then sold to friends out of her home. Her keen eye for timeless, flattering ensembles earned her a devoted following, and she soon expanded from her living room to a storefront in Caulfield Village.
Now, Ms. Diligenti applies the same keen eye to scout out elegant apparel for women and girls by designers such as Michael Kors, Betty Barclay, Twin-Set, and Save the Queen. She helps each customer hone in on styles that not only align with trends, but complement her figure, lifestyle, and fashion sense. To help achieve that goal, her staff of fashion experts can plan personal-shopping sessions to recalibrate a lackluster wardrobe, and the store’s in-house tailor can custom-fit garments.
5363 Headland Dr.
West Vancouver, British Columbia V7W 3C6