Dressing up for the cold in Saratoga Springs
Updated 10:55 a.m.
A previous version of this story reported the opening of Imagine Salon Studio in Saratoga Springs on Feb. 28. The salon will have its grand opening on March 4.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Baby, it’s cold outside. The temperatures are low and there’s snow on the ground, but that doesn’t mean your style has to suffer.
Shopping is one of the main attractions for people walking up and down Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, even during the winter.
Residents and visitors say they like that most of the stores are independently owned and operated, and they can find unique clothes for great prices.
“I like that most of the stores here are mom and pop shops,” said Gavin Cummings, 21. “There’s a great thrift store called Reruns where I found a 1950s-inspired baby blue checkered sports coat.”
Cummings lives in Saratoga Springs and attends Union College in Schenectady.
He said he prefers taking older styles and making them more relevant, like the sports coat.
What’s a good store for men’s clothing on Broadway? Cummings recommends The National, which opened in 2012 and is owned by the same people who run Saratoga National Golf Club.
Word on the street is that women can look fabulous even when temperatures are in the single digits with stylish boots, hats and scarves.
Kalkidan Armstrong, 14, Flavie Doyon, 13, Grace Mitzen, 14, and Leah Smisloff, 14, said a great pair of combat boots is the perfect way to add an edge to any winter outfit.
“We found the cutest combat boots
at the Wilton Mall,” Armstrong said. “We also like shopping at Aggie Mullaney, and Piper Boutique has cute stuff.” Both are women’s clothing boutiques on Broadway.
The four young ladies, who attend the Waldorf School of Saratoga, also said colorful scarves will never go out of style, and they protect your face from the harsh winds.
Lucy Moran, 29, lives in Saratoga Springs and owns Lucia Boutique, a women’s clothing and accessories store on Broadway. When she’s not at her store, Moran said she stops in Northshire Bookstore and Aggie Mullaney.
Some trends she has picked up on this winter include big hats and pop-top gloves — fingerless gloves with a fold-over cap. At the time, Moran was rocking a great fedora on Broadway. She said oversized fedoras are becoming more popular.
“You can’t go wrong with an awesome hat and pop-top gloves,” Moran said. “We actually just sold some over the weekend.”
Another shop owner on Broadway is Kim Peart, whose hair salon, Imagine Salon Studio, is set to open its doors March 4. Peart recently moved back to the area from Connecticut.
“I haven’t shopped around here in a while, but I do like the Gap,” Peart, 51, said. “I actually think a White House Black Market would do really well here in Saratoga.”
Speaking of black, Peart was wearing a Dennis Basso full-length fur coat, which she said is the warmest item of clothing in her closet.
“It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside, I stay very warm in this coat,” Peart said.