It seems like resale shops dot our city’s landscape these days, but that wasn’t always the case. In the Neiman Marcus-ruled Dallas of the 1980’s, stylish gals were hard-pressed to find a fashionable alternative to department stores and their accompanying price tags.
Enter Irene Mylan (pictured below). The founder of Clothes Circuit (6105 Sherry Lane, Dallas) proudly remembers when she started her upscale consignment boutique. “It was the early 1980’s, and Dallas was busy showing itself off with great prosperity,” Mylan recalls. “I thought a resale location closer to this locus of affluence made sense.”
With that, Clothes Circuit was born 30 years ago, in a tiny 1,000 square foot storefront on Berkshire Lane. Later, the popular shop relocated to its current spot in Preston Center. Over the years, Mylan has seen a great amount of growth within her store. Not only are top designer pieces added daily, but the manner in which local women shop has changed. “It used to be two kinds of women who came in – those who consigned with us and those who shopped,” the owner explains. “But now we’re seeing a great crossover. It’s much more likely that the women who sell will also shop and find a ‘new’ treasure to take back home.”
Meanwhile, a changing marketplace and slump in the economy has played a major role in the revival of resale shops. However, while women may be more conscious of their spending, most do not want to sacrifice owning quality pieces from brands they love. Clothes Circuit offers affordable style, without compromise.
With the holidays right around the corner, Clothes Circuit once again features its large “After 5” collection to meet seasonal needs. The special occasion pieces are perfect for upcoming holiday parties and charity galas. Labels range from Ann Taylor to Tory Burch to Chanel and Donna Karan, so shoppers are sure to find a beautiful outfit to suit both individual taste and budget.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Herein, we feature four unique designer looks styled by DFW Style Daily from Clothes Circuit’s current collection. From top, they include: Black velvet mini by A.B.S. ($99) and Preston & York fox stole ($99); Fuchsia sequined shift by Alice + Olivia ($22) and St. John tweed jacket ($290); M Missoni sweater set ($175) and Milly overcoat ($225); Sophie Theallet cocktail dress ($185) and Dries Van Noten foil-accented coat ($180).
A tempting selection, no? For more information and hours of operation, visit ClothesCircuit.com. Congratulations to Clothes Circuit on 30 fabulous years from all of us at DFW Style Daily!