Top drawer: fashion news and views

Downtown Asheville-based 68 Lexi (68 N. Lexington Ave., 251-1170) is one clever little boutique. Stocked with trendy-yet-comfy junior and women’s wear, the shop manages to dress fashionistas in stylish apparel (the majority of which is manufactured in the United States) for discount-outlet prices. As in, most dresses run under $40; bags, tees and jewelry will get you change back from a $20 bill; and movie-star-worthy oversized sunglasses are just $6.

This fall, 68 Lexi owner Asia Guyer opened sister store Virtue (58 N. Lexington Ave., 254-4200), which continues the commitment to quality affordable clothing. Even better, Virtue offers some menswear and a line of locally designed graphic tees from which all proceeds go to charity.

Here, Xpress photographer Jonathan Welch captured some of 68 Lexi’s winter looks. Jaime Taylor models.

• [left] Red-letter day: Crimson coat with floral design, $45; knee-length black turtleneck dress, $32.

• [right] Astral projections: Psychedelic-print bell-sleeved dress, $28; yellow stretch leggings, $16.95.

• [left] Warm wishes: Magenta sweater dress with hood, $36; purple stretch leggings, $16.95.

• [right] All in the details: Gray mini-dress with botanical design and henley-style neckline, $38; brown and tan satin handbag, $15.

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Goodwill Industries of Northwest N.C. opens a new retail store in Fletcher today (Wednesday, Dec. 12). Located at 3578 Hendersonville Road, the second-hand shop offers clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Hours for the new location are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-6p.m.

Ship to Shore Shop (426 Haywood Road, West Asheville), the studio of fashion designer R. Brooke Priddy holds an end-of-season clearance sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. One-of-a-kind ready-to-wear dresses are marked 50 percent off. Info:

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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