When it comes to the latest trends in women's apparel, there's no better place to shop till you drop than Downtown Chucktown. And if you're searching for the finest threads in Raleigh, look no further than Copper Penny - the Lowcountry's go-to shop for anyone that has a passion for fashion.

We have been dressing women in Raleigh for over 34 years and offer upscale designer collections curated with a Southern eye. Here, women from around the United States discover sophisticated, effortless beauty for every season. Whether you're looking for a sassy new dress to impress that special someone or the perfect outfit for your next vacation, your options are endless at Copper Penny.

With easy-to-find locations close to Raleigh's hottest spots, our curated selection of the newest, most popular women's clothing lines reflects the effortless glamour of Raleigh. Whether you're a tidy professional or a fierce trend-setter, our goal is to help you find the perfect look for your own unique style. With designer brands like CK Bradley and Holst & Lee on hand year-round, finding your new look is easy and fun when you visit Copper Penny.

Our clothing lines give ladies a refreshing mix of one-of-a-kind authenticity with real wearability, allowing them to shine with confidence and style all year long. So, go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve to look like a million bucks!

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Diamonds are pretty and all, but honestly? Dresses are a girl's best friend. Dresses are fun, comfortable, and versatile. At Copper Penny, they're also fashionable and cute. We have a huge selection of women's dresses in Raleigh, NC, from stylistic sheath dresses to drop-waist styles that will make your girlfriends jealous.

We offer several styles and shapes from which you can pick. Not sure what style fits best?

It all starts at the waist:

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A-Line Waist

These dresses are made to fit your waist and then gradually flare out towards the hem. A-line dresses are excellent for minimizing thighs, hips, and midsections while pulling the eyes to your bust. This style of dress is a great fit for almost any body type. There's a reason why so many brides settle on A-Line dresses for their big day! With plenty of varieties, this is a kind of dress that you can wear again and again.

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Empire Waist

Like the A-Line style, empire dresses are made to fit through your bust. Rather than creating a distinctly angular shape like the A-Line, the Empire style flows from the bust down. This is another kind of dress that fits many body types. From curvy to apple body shapes, the Empire draws focus to your bust and minimizes everything else. For lovely ladies on the shorter side, this style defines your silhouette, especially if you choose a maxi length dress.

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Drop Waist

A throwback to the roaring 20's style flapper dresses, Drop Waist dresses look best on lean, athletic bodies that don't have too many curves in the hip area. The key to pulling off a Drop Waist style dress is to ensure that it's not hugging you. This dress is best worn when it is able to hang freely on your body.

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Once you know the kind of waist that fits your body type, it's time to find your shape. A few of our most popular dress shapes include:

Fit & Flare Dresses in Raleigh

Any clothing store for women in Raleigh, NC, worth its salt, will have plenty of fit & flare dresses for you to try. This common-shaped dress is one of the most popular on the market, mainly because they look great on every woman, regardless of age or shape. A timeless choice, fit & flare dresses fit through the bodice and flare out just below your hip. This helps develop a balanced, slimming silhouette for most women. If you want to accentuate your best assets and hide everything else, ask our experienced fashionistas to show you some the most popular fit & flare dresses at Copper Penny.
Time to start doing your happy dance! Fit & flare dresses have very balanced proportions, making them a true winner for every body type. Women with athletic builds love this dress for the extra curves. Women with apple-shaped bodies love how fit & flare dresses define their waistlines. Because this dress already looks like an hourglass on the hanger, it will be a natural fit for ladies with such a figure.
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Shift Dresses in Raleigh

Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap Dresses in Raleigh

Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Timeless Tops for Every Style

Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Raleigh, NC, you just hit the jackpot!

With that said, finding the right top for the right occasion is easier said than done. However, at Copper Penny, we make finding the right top fun. Whether you're looking for a top that makes a statement or you need a classic button-down for a subdued style, we've got your back. We only carry the most popular tops from the best brands and designers around the world.

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Here are just of our most popular tops:

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Women's Poplin Tops in Raleigh

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Raleigh

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Women's Off the Shoulder Tops in Raleigh

For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Women's Tank Tops in Raleigh

Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Raleigh, NC, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

Until then, here's a quick guide you can follow to help you find the right fit for your women's top in Raleigh:

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Women's Top

When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
  • Waist Measurements: Take your measuring tape and place it at the very top of your hip bone. Wrap it all the way around your body. Try to keep your measuring tape in line with your belly button. For the most accurate measurements, stand up straight and breathe normally.
  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Need help measuring? Swing by Copper Penny and ask one of our friendly sales associates to help you out! While you're there, don't forget to check out our huge selection of women's tops in Raleigh, NC.

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Looking to take your style to the next level? You can also get in touch with a personal stylist directly from our website. With a personal stylist by your side, you can find stunning looks for specific occasions, using comfortable clothing in your favorite colors and cuts. Copper Penny is your one-stop-shop for fashionable, fun, fabulous designer clothing in Raleigh. But don't take our word for it – come see for yourself!

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Wake Tech promises payoffs - jobs, upward mobility, access - if voters agree to tax increase for new campus

APEX, N.C. — Wake Technical Community College is asking homeowners to approve a taxes increase to pay for an expansion of the community college system.The $353 million bond referendum this November would build a new campus in Apex and expand the health sciences campus in Raleigh.The bond would also add a cyber science facility in the Research Triangle Park and upgrade the community college's Southern Wake campus.According to county officials, the average homeowner would pay $13.47 more each year on their tax...

APEX, N.C. — Wake Technical Community College is asking homeowners to approve a taxes increase to pay for an expansion of the community college system.

The $353 million bond referendum this November would build a new campus in Apex and expand the health sciences campus in Raleigh.

The bond would also add a cyber science facility in the Research Triangle Park and upgrade the community college's Southern Wake campus.

According to county officials, the average homeowner would pay $13.47 more each year on their tax bill for this bond.

Wake Tech helped Erica Tyler get over her fear and go back to school after being a stay-at-home mom of two.

"I did it ... and it worked out. I love it," she said. "I started at Wake Tech in the winter of 2021 at the kitchen table with my kids. We were all virtual."

Tyler said she's working toward an associate's degree without breaking her family's budget.

"It’s so affordable here, and I really feel like I get so much out of it every single day," she said.

That return on investment is what Wake Tech leaders hope will earn support from voters to expand the community college.

An economic impact study found Wake Tech students get an average 17.9% return on their education investment in the form of higher earnings from having a degree.

On top of that, county taxpayers get a 7.3% return thanks to increased revenue and decreased demand on social services.

"That’s why this is so important. We’re providing the programs that allow the people of Wake County to fill the jobs that are here and coming to Wake County," said Wake Tech President Scott Ralls.

Wake Tech is celebrating plans for a new campus to be built on an 34-acre site next to the Dell Technologies facility in Apex.

It would be home to a new workforce development center to provide students with high-tech training for life sciences and industrial jobs.

The location off N.C. Highway 55 and U.S. 1 is a short drive from thousands of new jobs coming to drug makers Amgen and Fujifilm-Diosynth and electric automaker VinFast.

"It’s such a booming area for families," Ralls said. "There’s so many kids and young families that it’s great to have another campus nearby."

According to a report from Georgetown University, 61% of all people who enroll at Wake Tech earn more than those with just a high school diploma within 10 years after enrolling.

Back from injury, Clark making early impact on Pack's defensive front

247Sports Embed ResourceDot LoaderRALEIGH, N.C. -- In NC State’s 27-14 win over Texas Tech, it was the Pack’s defense that stole the show.Aydan White won National Player of the Week honors for his two-interception performance, which included a touchdown. Payton Wilson played a full game for the first time in...

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- In NC State’s 27-14 win over Texas Tech, it was the Pack’s defense that stole the show.

Aydan White won National Player of the Week honors for his two-interception performance, which included a touchdown. Payton Wilson played a full game for the first time in nearly two years, leading the Pack in tackles with 10 after missing Week 2.

And on the defensive line, C.J. Clark recorded the first two sacks of his four-year NC State career in just his third game back from a knee injury that ended his 2021 season after just three games.

“It felt great,” Clark said. “I kind of got close to a sack a couple of years ago, and to be able to actually get him was a great feeling.”

For Clark, the big sacks Saturday night are part of a culmination of a lot of hard work. He suffered a season-ending knee injury last year ahead of NC State’s home win over Clemson, and he spent the offseason rehabbing alongside some of the Pack’s other defensive standouts.

But now three weeks into a new season, Clark is showing that his knee is holding up and he can make a difference for NC State. He’s playing more defensive end this year – he was a starter at nose tackle in 2021 – and he’s showing up on the stat sheet.

“I’m so excited for him,” said head coach Dave Doeren. “I think his confidence is growing each week. There’s a progression you go through returning from an injury like he had. It’s ‘Can I do this? I think I can.’ And then you do it, and you’re onto another one and another one. He’s starting to get that.

“One of his biggest strengths as a D-lineman is his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage, that twitch we call it. You’re starting to see that again. He’s strong. He’s running through contact. On his first sack he split a double team. So, I’m happy for him, and I’m happy for us because we need that.”

Having Clark back on the field is a big blessing for NC State’s defensive front, which is loaded with depth and talent but lost leading pass rushers Daniel Joseph and Levi Jones this offseason. With Clark back in the mix and playing end, things are getting back on track for a pass rush that registered four sacks and 10 quarterback hurries against the Red Raiders.

“He’s an impact player for us,” said defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. “C.J. has played a lot of football. He keeps getting better and healthy. He plays hard. He practices hard. He just brings an extra energy to our defense.”

But for Clark personally, being back on the field at all is a blessing in itself after what he went through a year ago.

“Being out last year and watching the guys play, it’s a different feeling when you’re not out there with them battling,” Clark said. “Now I cherish every moment with them.”

Clark has been through a lot at NC State, but his story with the Wolfpack isn’t finished. He originally came to play for the Pack thanks to his cousin B.J. Hill, who had an excellent career for NC State in his day and played in the Super Bowl this year with the Cincinnati Bengals.

While Hill had a major impact on Clark’s decision and still has an impact on his life, the younger of the cousins is forging his own legacy with NC State on a defense that may be even better than the ones Hill played on with the Pack.

The defensive unit played a great game against Texas Tech, and they’re just getting started. The front, with Clark playing a big role, is stuffing the run and getting to the quarterback, while the back end is holding it down in the passing game.

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It’s a whole lot of fun for the entire group, and Clark is just happy to be back on the field as a part of it.

“We plan to stop the run so we can have fun,” Clark said. “That’s what we call it, stop the run and have fun. Let the guys on the back end catch interceptions, and we can go get the quarterback.”

Four-star wing Dennis Parker III lists NC State in Top 5

247Sports Embed ResourceDot LoaderNC State has made the cut for Dennis Parker III after he cut his list of schools down to five on Tuesday afternoon.The Wolfpack was joined by Georgetown, Missouri, Oklahoma State and USC for the Richmond (VA) John Marshall forward. Parker III has already taken official visits to NC State, Georgetown and Oklahoma State and has plans to visit Mizzou this upcoming weekend....

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NC State has made the cut for Dennis Parker III after he cut his list of schools down to five on Tuesday afternoon.

The Wolfpack was joined by Georgetown, Missouri, Oklahoma State and USC for the Richmond (VA) John Marshall forward. Parker III has already taken official visits to NC State, Georgetown and Oklahoma State and has plans to visit Mizzou this upcoming weekend.

Currently the No. 92 player in the 2023 class by 247Sports, Parker III has been a long-time target for NC State dating back to earning an offer in the summer of 2020. He was initially recruited by James Johnson, but his new lead recruiter has been Levi Watkins after joining the staff this offseason.

Following his recent official visit, Parker III spoke about where the Pack stands.

"I really enjoyed what they talked about and their plan for me," the 6-foot-6, 175-pound wing said. "They want me to come in and earn my spot as a freshman in an open-space system. That's really where I like my game to be played in. That type of offense is where I'm the most successful."

Along with the bond he's built with Kevin Keatts and Watkins, Parker III also grew close with Jarkel Joiner during his visit and has a relationship with former NC State guard Dereon Seabron. These are all factors that help the Wolfpack, but with Patrick Ewing making frequent visits along with Mizzou making a strong case late, this is a recruitment that's far from over.

Parker III hasn't set an official timeline for his decision, but would only have one more potential official visit after Missouri that he could use to visit Southern Cal. As the Pack looks to get the ball rolling in the 2022 class after working all summer to build closer relationships, Parker III would be a big piece to State bringing an influx of talent after losing quite a few experienced players next offseason.

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Raleigh City Council approves Seaboard Station rezoning request

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Tuesday afternoon was a long time coming for residents of the Save Seaboard Station Task Force and Turnbridge Equities. Those groups agreed on a rezoning request for Raleigh's famed Seaboard Station.The current zoning requirement allows for mixed-use urban general use buildings up to seven stories tall, but those groups requested that to be changed to allow a building up to 16 stories high, under certain conditions.Council ended up approving the request with a 6-1 vote after hearing plans from Turnbridge...

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Tuesday afternoon was a long time coming for residents of the Save Seaboard Station Task Force and Turnbridge Equities. Those groups agreed on a rezoning request for Raleigh's famed Seaboard Station.

The current zoning requirement allows for mixed-use urban general use buildings up to seven stories tall, but those groups requested that to be changed to allow a building up to 16 stories high, under certain conditions.

Council ended up approving the request with a 6-1 vote after hearing plans from Turnbridge Equities that would satisfy the council's conditions.

Those plans included a minimum of 50% of the building, which must include the eastern faade, be preserved in its current place or that same amount be moved to a different part of the property or off-site somewhere. If Turnbridge is unable to meet that condition, a new building height would be limited to a maximum of seven stories.

"While an assurance clause cannot be placed in the conditions, our group as well as the Mayor and the council has been assured that Turnbridge will work to preserve more than the minimum which is outlined in the conditions," said Dana Deaton on behalf of the Save Seaboard Station Task Force.

Deaton also encouraged other property owners with heavy roots and deep ties to history to look into preserving the space by way of registry.

"This is how you get it done," said mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin during the meeting after the motion passed.

Currently, Hoffman & Associates is working on a project directly adjacent to Peace University that will feature a mixed-use selection of services and activities.

Projects with Hoffman & Associates and Turnbridge Equities are unrelated. However, they are part of a larger effort to revitalize that portion on the edge of downtown Raleigh.

"There is a lot of history here with the depot and Logan's and everything like that," said Josh Merritt who works nearby. "So really I'd be disappointed to see that go. But living in a big city that's part of progression. So it's something to be excited about."

Turnbridge Equities managing director Jason Davis released the following statement:

"It's evident that the people of Raleigh care deeply about preserving the parts of this city that define its character and are simultaneously committed to collaborating to steer Raleigh's growth in meaningful ways. As a company that prioritizes contextually-sensitive development, Turnbridge shares in that goal. The rezoning conditions we were able to agree on at 707 Semart Drive reflect some of the most significant preservation commitments made in respect of a non-landmarked property in anyone's memory. Turnbridge has developed a strong reputation of acting as good stewards of Raleigh's rich architectural history with our redevelopment of the Creamery building on Glenwood Avenue and of the former Clearscapes property on West Martin Street, and we are committed to honoring Seaboard Station as well. We appreciate the citizen and city involvement in the rezoning process, and we look forward to developing the property in a way that will be a source of pride for Raleigh and serve as a part of the city's past and future identity."

Live concert venue coming to Raleigh’s Downtown South. Is stadium still in the mix?

An indoor concert venue holding up to 3,500 people is the latest addition to the planned Downtown South project in Raleigh, developer Kane Realty Corp. announced Wednesday.Downtown South is a joint venture of Kane Realty, the developer behind North Hills, and Steve Malik, ow...

An indoor concert venue holding up to 3,500 people is the latest addition to the planned Downtown South project in Raleigh, developer Kane Realty Corp. announced Wednesday.

Downtown South is a joint venture of Kane Realty, the developer behind North Hills, and Steve Malik, owner of the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC soccer teams.

A 20,000-seat sports stadium was proposed for Downtown South when the sports and entertainment-focused project was announced in 2019. Plans for it remain unclear, however, as last year the developers said they have no “clear pathway” to paying for it.

“The stadium is in our long-term plans,” Bonner Gaylord, chief operating officer of Kane Realty, said in a previous interview. “We don’t have a clear pathway to get there. However, it’s absolutely our long-term goal.”

Kane Realty did not respond to email questions from The News & Observer on Wednesday afternoon, including whether the concert venue would replace the stadium.

But Bonner Gaylord, chief operating officer for Kane Realty, said on social media that the concert venue would be “a separate parcel from the stadium site.” He responded to a tweet from someone who asked whether the project would still include the stadium.

“Still no change on that front,” Gaylord tweeted.

Kane Realty will partner with AEG Presents, a brand of the Los Angeles-based company Anchutz Entertainment Group, on the concert venue.

AEG Presents has entered into a long-term lease agreement to run the venue, which will be designed for both seated and standing shows and also be available for private events, Kane Realty said in a news release. Its rooftop will include a rooftop lounge.

Construction will begin in the spring of 2023, with an expected completion in fall 2024.

“We are thrilled to partner with AEG Presents on a unique music venue at Downtown South. The company is a leader in live entertainment and their decision to create their next venue at Downtown South speaks volumes about the district,” John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty, said in a news release. “As Raleigh grows, it will be important for us as a city to keep pace with the demands for entertainment options — we believe that the size and flexibility of this new venue will fill a critical gap.”

Kane pointed to the success of new venues operated by AEG Presents in Atlanta and Denver.

Shawn Trell, chief operating officer and executive vice president of AEG Presents, said in a news release that Kane Realty is a “partner who shares our vision for opening a state-of-the-art live music experience in this thriving market.”

The new music venue will be less than two miles from the Red Hat Amphitheater, which seats just under 6,000 people. Red Hat, originally built to be temporary, could go away when the convention center expands, which likely won’t happen until 2030. On Wednesday, a city spokesperson said the amphitheater might be incorporated into the convention center expansion.

The Downtown South venue is smaller than Red Hat, and there has been some talk that a Red Hat-size venue could also go in Dorothea Dix Park.

Site work will begin later this year for two previously announced mid-rise buildings in the $2 billion Downtown South development at the southern entrance to Raleigh’s downtown core.

The site is south of Dorothea Dix Park on parcels totaling 135 acres around South Saunders Street and Interstate 40. Construction will be underway for the planned mid-rises in early 2023 and be move-in ready in 2025.

All together, the project’s first phase calls for 535,000 square feet of office space, 650 residential units in a mixture of housing, 120,000 square feet of retail and a 140-room hotel, according to Kane Realty.

This story was originally published September 21, 2022 2:59 PM.

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