Staying Fashionable During the Winter

The weather bows to no one, even when it comes to fashion. If you live in a part of the country that regularly gets hit with snow, wind, slush, and freezing temperature, you know the pain of having to put away some of your favorite pieces when those winter months hit. However, there are ways to stay on top of the fashion game when it comes to cold weather.

  1. Invest in a Winter Coat you Love: There’s nothing better than pulling out your favorite trench coat and getting to wear it for the first time in months. If you have a great coat you love, you’re covered everyday during the winter. If you find one you love, but it isn’t the warmest, don’t forget you can layer underneath.

  2. More Layers Equals More Style Opportunities: Wearing layers doesn’t mean you’ll look bulky. Remember to get creative with it, and try layering fun tops with textured sweater that will keep you both warm and stylish. Beanies and scarves are also cute accessories to pair with any outfit during chilly weather.

  3. Be Prepared: Instead of running around looking for your favorite winter accessories the same day a snow storm hits, grab everything out of storage and organize it beforehand. This will ensure no late mornings, and if you need to replace any of your favorite pieces, you have time to do so.

  4. Check the Weather: This may seem obvious, but planning around the weather can help you plan your outfits for the week. Looking like snow? Grab your favorite pair of warm boots. Expecting a cold, but sunny day? Get out your mittens and wear a pair of your favorite shoes that might not be the best in snow so you still get the chance to wear them.

  5. Have Fun with Your Accessories: Adding a bright pop of color or fur with your scarf, hat, or pair of mittens can elevate any outfit from drab to fab, and you may even forget about the cold weather, even if it’s only for a little bit. Just because the weather is dreary doesn’t mean your outfit has to be, so remember to have some fun with it!

If you’re looking for that fun, new piece to add to your wardrobe this winter, Black Orchid Boutique can help! Stop in to our store located at 1226 N Green St. in McHenry. We have awesome pieces to choose from, stop in Tuesday - Friday from 10:30 am - 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm. See you soon!

What to Wear This Fall

From the runways of Milan and New York, to the streets of Los Angeles and Chicago, all the way to quaint McHenry, Illinois, fall is in the air, and that means fall fashion. Fashion editors and fashionistas alike are eagerly awaiting the arrival of cooler temps and these gorgeous fall fashions. In McHenry, the Black Orchid Boutique is your fall fashion destination, and we’re excited to share these looks with you today! 

Red is "It" for Fall


This fall, powerful reds are turning up in everything from boots to coats and dresses to bags! This red satchel has plenty of room for your essentials, and it definitely adds that pop of power red that we’re loving this year!

Add a Little Sparkle!


Glitter and metallics continue to be popular this season, particularly in stacked bracelets and other accent pieces. Adding sparkle is an easy way to take a work outfit from day to evening, not to mention spicing up your day-to-day office wear!

Embrace Your Inner Flower Child


The sheath dress made so popular by 70’s icons like Farrah Fawcett and Joni Mitchell is making a strong comeback this season in gorgeous fall prints as well as solids and textures. This fall we will see this style in fun geometric prints that are sure to look adorable with a cowboy boot or peep-toe bootie. We are particularly loving this gorgeous gauzy sheath with the peasant neckline!

Hats Hats Hats!


Don’t forget to top off your perfect outfit with a fun (and functional) hat. This fall sees fashion move past the ubiquitous beanie of previous seasons, bringing in fun styles like bowlers, brimmed caps and bucket hats in a wide variety of colors and materials.

Vintage Inspiration


Vintage-inspired fashions are all the rage this season. Denim is back in a big way in skirts and dresses, and is especially fun paired with a trendy hat and some sparkle at the wrist or neckline. Flowing styles like long tops and bell-sleeved dresses are also making a comeback, some with embroidery or lace to spice things up.

Located in scenic downtown McHenry, Illinois, the Black Orchid Boutique offers a one of a kind shopping experience to help you find that perfect outfit or gift. We specialize in unique fashions, accessories, jewelry, and more, and new fall fashions are arriving daily! Visit us online or stop by soon!

Summer Fashion at Black Orchid Boutique

With summer in full swing, we have had a chance to watch 2017 summer fashion trends as they happen, perfecting our eye for what we know is in high demand this year. Our latest arrivals just came in, and with endless weeks of long summer days and evenings left, now is a great time to stop by Black Orchid Boutique and find the clothing and accessories you need to make your mid-and late-summer splashes!

This summer’s fashion trends really emphasize playful and flirty looks, with fun shoulder styles being one of the most notable and popular. Whether it’s off-the-shoulder or cut-out sleeves, bold and innovative shoulder-baring flatters just about any woman of any age.

Summer rompers, like the one to the left that arrived at Black Orchid last month, capitalize on both the fun, flirty look of summer 2017, as well as shows off the shoulders, with many this year having strapless or spaghetti-strap designs. Rompers are perfect summer day wear, offering comfort, freedom, flexibility, and a wide variety of interesting prints that show off your particular style.  

Finally, short, sleeveless summer dresses are back in, for those who love this look, with many newly in stock at our boutique! From floral and feminine to bold, Southwestern prints, these versatile dresses can make up your daytime or evening outfit, alone or combined with a beautiful scarf, shawl, cardigan, or jacket.

Don’t let summer go out without a bang! We know there are many more parties, festivals, barbeques, family picnics, weddings, and more to celebrate before cooler weather sets in and we have to cover up with sweaters and coats. The staff here at Black Orchid is always ready to help you choose the perfect outfit for your occasion.


Black Orchid Boutique in McHenry, Illinois, specializes in unique fashion pieces, including clothing, accessories, and jewelry. Visit us to see our exciting new arrivals from Tuesday-Friday from 10:30AM to 5PM, and Saturdays from 10AM to 4PM. See more of our latest arrivals on our website or Facebook page!