Boutique Appeal

By Kristin Vartan

Beyond New York and Los Angeles, there are plenty of U.S. fashion capitals worth exploring—and shopping. Here is a sampling of clothing stores and shopping districts that showcase chic, regional flair and interesting designers: 


Known for its steamy climate, this city’s aesthetic runs from hot (think body-hugging dresses) to cool with lightweight designer tees and tailored track pants.
Rene Ruiz: The Miami-based designer pays homage to the city’s sultry aesthetic with flawless tailoring and opulent fabrics. While his off-the-shoulder silhouettes grace department stores like Neiman Marcus, his flagship boutique in Aventura also showcases his bridal and men’s collections.
Julian Chang: This local designer’s vibrant evening gowns have adorned the likes of Madonna and Janet Jackson, and his charming boutique on Miami’s Upper East Side is a showstopper.

Never mind the bounty of musical talent (country and rock) and rich Southern history—this metropolis is much more than ten-gallon hats and ball gowns.
Fatherland District: This walkable shopping neighborhood is home to over 20 local retailers, each with its own take on Southern style. Check out Wheat & Co. for men’s essentials like laid-back flannel shirts, and The Trunk, curated by celebrity stylist Abby Franklin.
White’s Mercantile: Nothing says Nashville more than a shop owned by a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter: Holly Williams. Known as “a general store for the modern-day tastemaker,” here you’ll find local fashions, including sustainable brand Prophetik.

Midwest sensibility infuses the style in the Twin City with looks featuring retro flair.
Gray Home and Lifestyle: This mother-daughter-run boutique in the Excelsior neighborhood embodies a minimalistic mantra for women’s clothing—think neutrals in chic architectural silhouettes—and apothecary goods.
50th and France District: This shopping destination has 175 retailers in a charming setting frequented by locals and tourists alike. Try Bluebird Boutique for denim staples and Oska for knitted basics from Munich.

Rugged mountaineer chic meets maker individuality in one of the fastest growing cities in America.
Kouture Consignment: Nestled in North Cherry Creek, Kouture Consignment carries a who’s who of runway looks (think Hermès and Celine) in next-to-new condition.
Garbarini: Style savants will swoon over the color-coded racks in this boutique that has been the Mile High City’s sweet spot for on-trend womenswear for over 30 years.

Charleston, SC
This Southern enclave steeped in heritage has a classic bent—with a rebellious side seen in its penchant for individualized preppy style.
Hampden Clothing: This 4,000-square-foot space could be a snapshot of what’s happening in fashion, with big-name designers like Stella McCartney nestled next to up-and-comers like Denmark’s Ganni.
The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place: Inside this historic and luxurious hotel, revel in a fashionista’s paradise on the ground floor. Descend the double staircase from the lobby and you’ll find staples like Gucci and Louis Vuitton and the surprising tots-and-moms boutique Pink Chicken.

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