Best New Maker of Frilly, Girly Duds

Caroline Borucki

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At a recent fashion event filled with people dressed to kill, the only girl who actually killed it was wearing a dress by local designer Caroline Borucki. Borucki makes one-of-a-kind pieces inspired mostly by botany, creating a look that's romantic but also contemporary thanks to the geometric prints she works with. Her clothes' silhouettes are classic and wearable, updated by maxi frills and abstract flower applications. Loosely woven materials give Borucki's handcrafted creations a fresh, relaxed feel—perfect for summer festivals and outdoor soirees. Borucki is still looking for a brick-and-mortar location to carry her line here in Chicago, but in the meantime you can find her pieces at local events like Dose Market and also on Etsy. Garment prices range from $60 to $350 and accessories from $7 to $55.