I was a frustrated shopper," says Jaclyn McCabe, owner of The Voluptous Vixen (818 Chartres St., 529-3588; www.thevoluptuousvixen.com), explaining why she opened a clothing boutique that caters to women sizes 12 to 28.
"[Before], my only option was to either buy low-quality clothing or clothing that was way too old or way too young for me," says the tall brunette. "And [I didn't have] a lot of options. I would go to a party and see a girl in the room with [either] the same outfit I had on or one that I had in my closet."
McCabe opened her store nearly five years ago, aiming to provide a unique, pleasant shopping experience for customers who want high-quality, well-cut garments that flatter their curves.
"You can find something here to wear to a party or to work or to a Mardi Gras [celebration]," McCabe says of the store's inventory, which ranges from jeans and dresses to lingerie. "If you shop here, you're not going to see your (clothes) anywhere else."
The store's elegant decor and congenial staff adds to its allure. Light teal walls create a calming oasis in the midst of the bustling French Quarter, and whimsical oil paintings line the walls. McCabe and her sales associates help customers find the perfect articles of clothing and accessories to enhance their individual looks. "If my customers are looking for something, I try to find it," McCabe says. "We really try to give [our customers] the boutique experience."
Fortunately, the boutique experience will not break the bank, as The Voluptuous Vixen carries merchandies in a range of prices. A bra-fitting specialist, McCabe says wearing the correct bra size can completely change your body's appearance, and she is especially proud of the store's wide range of bra sizes. In her stylish dress and high heels, McCabe looks like a born fashionista, but she insists this was not always the case, admitting she once hid behind indifference and the large sweatshirts and flannel shirts popularized by the grunge trend.
"I would always [act] like I didn't care about fashion because I couldn't find it, and it was easier than crying in the dressing room," McCabe says. "But there's no crying in my dressing room."