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Friday, April 1, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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What's in style? Timeless couture at deep discount

Seattle Times staff reporter

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To shop at betty blue is to imagine a world where I would have occasion to wear a sequined, black, $4,000 Christian Dior cocktail dress.

Sigh. A girl can dream.

But a Dior dress at a fraction of the price? Now that's a dream come true.

Owner Betty Lin stocks her downtown Seattle boutique with past-season designer duds — Dolce & Gabbana, Zac Posen, Chloe, Stella McCartney — and sells them at up to 75 percent off. That $4,000 Dior dress? $1,695.

And if you wouldn't be caught dead in something so last season, remember that good taste never goes out of style.

"I have customers say to me all the time, 'Oh, I bought a Comme des Garçons piece 10 years ago and I still wear it today,' " Lin says. "I think these are almost artistic pieces. With art, it gets better with time."

How appropriate then that betty blue (206-442-6888, www.shopbettyblue.com) is located in a former art gallery space at 608 Second Ave.

And if you're like me, you'll splurge on masterpieces to hang in your closet — not on your walls.

Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or psitt@seattletimes.com

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