Day chic

. October 31, 2012.

In the chaos and hard work of raising kids, who has time to throw on anything more than a pair of yoga pants and an old sweatshirt?

For a fashionable solution that will let you look like a million bucks without spending anywhere close, check out Johnny, a fashion gallery recently opened by Wendy Chapman and Johnny Vaughn. The business partners and friends combined their separate skills — she’s a real estate appraiser and he’s a trained artist with 20 years of retail experience — to create a complement to Wendy, their shop across the alley at Nickels Arcade. “Wendy is the Parisian boutique with high-end lines for working women,” says Vaughn. “Johnny has casual fashion that’s fun, but also sophisticated. It’s perfect for any mom”

The store’s star lines? Comfy USA, a label that lives up its name but with an indelible sense of style that you don’t usually associate with the word. These beautifully-draping knits are just as easy to throw on as those baggy sweats. And tees from Before + Again have a soft vintage look and are printed on burn-out fabric; no shirt is identical to another. These clothes, and everything else at Johnny, are the essence of unpretentious chic.

I always loved the movie Auntie Mame, and that quote, ‘‘Life is a banquet and some poor suckers are starving to death!,’” says Vaughn. Visit Johnny and enjoy the feast in style. Johnny, 5 Nickels Arcade. 734-327-9001.