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You could easily stroll right by this quaint women’s boutique, but you most certainly wouldn't want to: Owner Yael Levertov stocks her charming space with a killer collection of cozy-chic casual and party clothes—sweater dresses, tunics and jumpsuits—for wallet-friendly prices. There are two vaudeville-fabulous changing panels surrounded by a wide-range of trendy duds including exposed-shoulder tops, wide cowl-neck knits and leather jackets, and then complement your fresh finds with jewelry from overseas designers or fashion scarves. If you like what you see, move fast: ShiShi stocks about five items per style and the turnover is alarmingly fast.

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Avoid showing up to the party wearing the same dress as someone else by snagging a unique piece from this stylish boutique, which only carries a few sizes of each style and changes stock every week. If you allow charismatic owner Yael Levertov to lead you through the teal-walled shop, you'll discover special finds such as Sugar Lips multicolored ruffled frocks ($89), Ark & Co. dresses featuring velvet polka dots ($89) and Hot & Delicious lam strapless styles ($79). But the real way to stand out is by accessorizing with the store's exclusives, such as Ronimo pearl-and-chain necklaces ($79), ROXoxox wrap bracelets that double as necklaces ($69) and Marly Moretti one-of-a-kind agate-studded clutches ($85). Mention TONY for 20 percent off all dresses and 10 percent off all accessories through December 15. 2488 Broadway between W 92nd and W 93rd Sts (646-692-4510)

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With locations on both the Upper East and Upper West sides, ShiShi is a upscale boutique for anyone’s inner fashionista. As the owner greets new customers, employees hang new, comfortable yet cute clothes on the racks each day. After posing in front of the mirror for some time, check out the work of local jewelry artists. Fairly-priced, homey, and impossible to leave empty-handed, ShiShi is truly an independent boutique that appeals to all.