By Lesley Kennedy
Just because weâ€™re bordered by mountains, rather than oceans, doesnâ€™t mean we canâ€™t channel Kate Hudsonâ€™s stylish blend of surfer girl meets hippie chic.
â€śEverything (in the store) is sexy but simple,â€ť says Wendy MacLean, owner of Surf Couture, 2565 W. Main St. in downtown Littleton.
The boutique, open since last November, carries all Los Angeles-based lines focusing on denim, casual dresses and tops, swimsuits and yoga wear, as well as menâ€™s clothes. Prices range from $30 to $400, with frequent sales. Soft T-shirts with unique detailing were in a $10 bin during a recent visit.
A Santa Cruz, Calif., native, MacLean has lived in Denver since 1993, but she hasnâ€™t forgotten her West Coast roots.
â€śYou wonâ€™t find things here that are super form-fitting, but these clothes arenâ€™t frumpy,” she says.Â ”The vibe is simple, itâ€™s sassy, itâ€™s sexy. Iâ€™m never over-the-top. You can change these looks from day to night. Denver is similar to L.A, in that itâ€™s casual. But casual doesnâ€™t have to mean sloppy.â€ť
For summer, MacLean says a must-have look is a silky feminine dress that can be belted. The one displayed in her store window â€śgets tons of compliments from both men and women,â€ť she says. â€śAnd Iâ€™m seeing the full skirt mini everywhere. Yes, itâ€™s short, but the shape is a little more forgiving.â€ť