HIGHLAND PARK – Since Sharon Garber moved to Highland Park in 1984, she’s had to travel to either Lakewood or Brooklyn, N.Y. to buy the majority of her clothes.
She’s hoping to eliminate the commute for local women who want to dress modestly by opening Covered Girl Clothing this week.
Covered Girl Clothing at 235 Raritan Avenue in Highland Park will specialize in modest clothing for women, such as shirts with high necklines, skirts and dresses that are at least knee length, three-fourth and long-sleeved shirts, shells to wear under clothing, blazers and jackets. She will eventually offer scarves and hats.
“It’s always been a topic of discussion since I moved here in 1984 and the community that cares about modest clothing has quadrupled since that time period. There really is no other place to go locally,” Garber said.
“You can find one thing in Macy’s and one thing in Dress Barn, but it’s hard to find one store to go in and buy outfits. You have to go to a concentrated Jewish community that cares about that,” she continued, adding that she would spend $37 in gas and tolls traveling to Brooklyn.
Covered Girl Clothing will offer moderate-priced items in sizes 2 to 24W.
“I’m on one end and my teenage daughter is on another end,” Garber said. “It’s hard to find junior clothing that is modest. I brought in a selection of jean skirts that the young girls like. We need to be modest, but it’s also fashionable and young.”
While the majority of Garber’s clientele may be from the Orthodox Jewish community, Garber said there’s something in her store for every girl and woman who wants to dress modestly.
“I hope everyone feels comfortable. I’m trying to meet a need, but I want to sell to everybody. The point is to be inclusive,” she said.
Paul Lanaris, acting executive director of Main Street Highland Park, the non-profit that promotes business along Raritan Avenue in the borough, said Covered Girl Clothing is a welcomed addition to the business district.
“One of the great things about Highland Park is our diverse community – people with religious, ethnic and sexual-orientation differences living side by side. Covered Girl Clothing will serve a need in offering clothes to a population that needs specific items for religious needs, but will also cater to all women looking for modest clothing,” Lanaris said.
Covered Girl Clothing will be open from 1-8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the store at 1-732-640-1980.
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