Boutique shops are supposed to specialize in a unique style, but it seems lately that all the dresses on offer are the same from shop to shop to shop. When you’re looking for something that stands out from the crowd, where should you look for boutique quality that bucks the trends?
Here are a few ways to track down the shops you’re looking for.
Check the Web
A quick browse through a search engine should bring up at least one fashion blog in your area – there’s always some clever girl out there for whom fashion is her reason for living. When you find her, check out what she has to say about where she shops for the pieces she’s wearing. Often, she’ll reveal where she gets her best stuff – even if she doesn’t mean to.If you’re looking for more tips, Joseph Ribkoff has it for you.
No luck on the blog front? Time for the second strategy.Pull out a phone book (or the online equivalent) and pull up the listings for women’s clothing stores in your area. The word “boutique” is always a good bet, but you can eliminate lots of shops you already recognize and narrow the list down to specialty stores. Then ring round and ask what kind of styles they normally stock.
A good shop that stocks the kind of unique boutique dresses you’re looking for should be able to tell you right away what style they’re going for in their shop. If they say something vague like “modern” or “runway-inspired,” you’re probably going to find the same old styles you can get at Marks & Spencer, so keep on searching. Found a few that sound like they might have what you want? Time to go on an adventure.
Expand Your Possibilities
As you go to each shop, check out what they have on offer and see if you can chat up the sales clerk for information. Often, the clerks at boutique shops know fashion quite well and think a lot about their personal style, so they’re great resources for finding new shops you might want to check out – especially the ones that aren’t listed in the book or online.
Let each shop on your list lead you to a few new ones, and then a few more. Before you know it, you’ll be one of the people who knows every vintage store for miles around – and you may even have picked up a few fashion-forward mates to go shopping with.
Maybe you don’t live in a town with a lot to offer in the way of vintage. That’s not a problem. Unique boutique dresses are all over the web if you know what to search for. Searching for ’boutique dresses’ isn’t going to narrow your options terribly well, but if you look for specific features you’re hoping for, like a 50s-style skirt or a bright green dress with a V-neck bust, you should be able to narrow in on exactly what you want.
Don’t neglect the fashion magazines’ websites, either – they often have listings for boutique stores where they’ve found a great piece or two for this month’s fashion spread.