Best of Fashion & Style
Best party dress shopping
Ladybird and Rowe
Conveniently located next to each other in the Short North, Ladybird and Rowe are your two-shop one-stop spot for attention-grabbing evening wear, from the flirty, fun, up-and-coming designs at Ladybird to the sexy, edgy looks at Rowe.
Best Shopping Buddy
Elizabeth Bean Smith of Wardrobe Therapy
With her New York fashion knowledge and Midwest sensibilities, stylist Smith can make Columbus women shine their brightest without any unwelcome pretension.
Best Place to Dress for the Job You Want
This Upper Arlington boutique stocks a great array of Saturday chic, but it also boasts the best collection of impressive work wear. Call it high style for the power player.
Best Kids Clothing Designer
Clintonville resident Liz Bourgeois applies her skills as a former Broadway costume designer (she worked on Avenue Q) and her love of the greatest mother of them all (Earth) to her line of children’s clothing made from repurposed fabric.
Best Place to Kick Up Your Heels
Saks Fifth Avenue
Looking to step up your stiletto collection? The Polaris department store recently added Valentino to its already-impressive lineup of designers, including Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman and Jimmy Choo.
Best Stylish Sister Act
Thread on Grandview
Sisters Miranda Boyle and Sara Guice succeed in outfitting women in one-of-a-kind clothing at their chic new boutique with a European influence.
Best Place to Feel Artsy while You Decorate
At this hidden gem on Parsons Avenue, shoppers will find lots of cool local art, repurposed and found décor and a portrait of Larry David.
Best Way to Feel the Burn
Hot bamboo massage
Massage therapist Anne Daly operates out of an unsuspecting office building in Clintonville, but her hot bamboo massage—not offered anywhere else in Columbus—is stupefyingly relaxing.
Best Massage Choreography
Spa at River Ridge
Know what’s even better than a massage? A four-handed massage. Yeah, you heard that right. During the course of a 45-minute rubdown delivered in a private room at the chic Dublin spa, two massage therapists work in tandem as they stroke your neck, back, arms, legs and feet. With the precision of a synchronized swimming routine, these pros employ identical strokes and use exactly the same amounts of pressure for an unforgettable experience.
Best Makeup Artist
The skin and makeup specialist is known for perfecting the faces of notable women around Columbus. And you can’t get this look anywhere else: The Mukha owner custom-crafts all his own makeup for his clients.
Best Way to Act Like A Lady
Femme Fatale Finishing School
Femme fatales are those sassy dames in classic movies who kick butt, win big, look killer in a cocktail dress, foil the espionage plot and always get the guy (or gal, as the case may be). Students of the Femme Fatale Finishing School, a ladies-only events company started by Peg McCort and Jason Holt, learn how to master all the tricks of the trade. McCort and Holt plan and host classes based on badass skills like seduction, gambling, firearm shooting and race car driving. The fundamental lesson of the school, though, is that the best way to act like a lady is to be a confident and happy one.
Best Sartorial Shout out to Local History
Flytown T-shirts by Columbus Is 200
This line commemorates the city’s big birthday with different styles per neighborhood, including Flytown, home of working-class immigrants in the 19th century that’s now part Arena District, part Victorian Village.