From designer gowns to casual jeans and tees, these are Charlotte’s top shops for fashionable attire.
The shop: With local locations at Park Road Shopping Center and Blakeney, this Raleigh-based women’s boutique is known for its extra-friendly associates and well-curated selection of denim, dresses, shoes, bags, and jewelry. Pro tip: Sign up for their emails, which frequently include coupons for last-minute sales.
The brands: Free People, Sanctuary, BB Dakota, BCBGGeneration, Gentle Fawn, French Connection, and Show Me Your Mumu.
The price: Most items are under $100.
The shop: After two decades in Plaza Midwood, this men’s and women’s boutique continues to be a favorite for its eclectic mix of clothing and accessories ranging from graphic tees and camouflage boots to velvet rompers and lace gowns. Here you can find sparkly fanny packs, sterling silver jewelry from Tibet, and the perfect Little Black Dress—all in one friendly shop.
The brands: Wild Fox Couture, Jovonna London, Jeffrey Campbell, Jaw Breaker, BB Dakota, and French Connection.
The price: Prices vary dramatically in accessories ranging from $10 sunglasses to $400+ jewelry, but most clothing tends to be under $100, with a few items reaching into the $150 to $200 range.
The shop: This effortlessly cool shop features tie dye wallpaper and palm tree prints that give it a feeling of being more Southern California than SouthPark. Look for racks and tables brimming with jewelry, flowy dresses, stylish booties, and cozy scarves. And on its website, be sure to check out owner Megan Orrell’s blog, Miss Orrell, which incorporates the shop’s attire into her travels and life.
The brands: Free People, Spell & The Gypsey Collective, BB Dakota, Misa, Show Me Your Mumu, Dolce Vita, and Chinese Laundry.
The price: There are many items under $50 and most items fall under the $200 mark.
Capitol and poole shop
The shop: Founded in 1997 by Laura Vinroot Poole, Capitol remains the ultimate in Charlotte women’s fashion and accessories. The ground floor SouthPark boutique plays host to its sister shop, the less expensive poole shop, upstairs. In total, it’s a gorgeous 6,000-square-foot store that’s worth a visit regardless of your clothing budget. Check out its interior courtyard and vegetal wall, and peruse designers you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the region.
The brands: At Capitol, you’ll find established names like Balenciaga, Chloe, Lela Rose, Erdem, and Proenza Schouler. At poole shop, look for emerging designers like Veronica Beard, Isabel Marant Etoile, Oliver Peoples, Rebecca Taylor, and Mercedes Salazar.
The price: Capitol’s luxe labels and gems mean you’ll find gowns and baubles up into the five-digit price points. At poole shop, most items fall under $1,000 and typically in the $300 to $500 range.
The shop: Originally founded more than 50 years ago, this Phillips Place store features a bright modern interior with cream colored floors and brushed gold accents. Its known for its designer gowns and cocktail dresses, and in addition to upscale clothing, shoes, and jewelry, the shop includes a luxury cosmetics counter.
The brands: Tibi, Mignonne Gavigan, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Lela Rose, Trina Turk, Louboutin, and Manolo Blank.
The price: Cocktail dresses and gowns tend to be over $1,000 while more casual attire generally falls under $500. Shoes range from $300 Rag & Bone sneakers to $1,300 Chloe boots.
The shop: Housed in a stylishly restored 1930s Eastover home just off Providence Road, this cool and contemporary boutique is the hottest new spot in town. Opened in 2018 by two friends who originally launched the business from a garage apartment in 2016, the chic space features higher end designs from brands you won’t find many—if any—other places in Charlotte.
The brands: Roseanna, Teija, Masscob, Anaak, Anna Mason, Rank and Sugar, and Chinti and Parker.
The price: There are a few items in the $100 range, but most clothing in this shop is $250 and up.
The shop: Inside a historic home built in 1902, this inviting shop features hardwood floors, high ceilings, and an expansive front porch. In addition to fashionable new attire, the shop’s back room is filled with vintage clothing and accessories from the 1950s to 1980s including designer finds like Valentino and Christian Dior. Plus, the ultra-cool shop often hosts other events including pop-up theater shows, afternoon teas, and art shops.
The brands: Frock Shop describes itself as “anti-label,” offering close-out items from boutiques around the country at a fraction of their original prices.
The price: Most items in the store are under $100.
The shop: They’re famous for their CLT hats (are you even a Charlottean if you don’t own one?) and their playful Panthers gear. But you’ll find everything from yoga mats to stationery, as well as dresses, outerwear, skirts, bags, and jewelry in this pink-themed South End shop.
The brands: In addition to Girl Tribe’s own brand, the shop features other female-led brands such as Raven + Riley, Dazey LA, Sophie + Lili, Tay Ham, Rifle Paper Co., Luella, Calhoun & Co., and Violet Clair.
The price: Almost all clothing items range from $50 to $100, but most accessories are under $20—and the famed hats are $32.
The shop: Sometimes you want something so trendy that you’re ok with only wearing it a few times. Enter Ivy & Leo. The shop, which has three local locations, offers patterns and cuts that are the look of the moment at extremely reasonable prices. Look for stylish dresses, rompers, shoes, jewelry, and handbags among other items in this colorful shop.
The brands: Z Supply, Lovestitch, Qupid shoes, Wild Honey, Soda shoes, Wishlist, Everly, and Piko.
The price: Almost everything is under $100, and many items are under $50.
The shop: If you’re on the hunt for a fun jumpsuit for a night out with your girlfriends or a trendy dress for date night, this Myers Park shop is your spot. The bright and open store on Selwyn Avenue is full of bold patters and prints, and in addition to clothing offers accessories such as shoes, beauty products, candles, and even iPhone cases.
The brands: Free People, Gentlefawn, Show Me Your Mumu, Moon River, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Kendra Scott, ban. do, and Spanx.
The price: You’ll find plenty of options under $100, but dresses can range into the $200s.
The shop: This Dilworth boutique is, put simply, really pretty. The shop features a bright interior with light hardwood floors and metal hues that complement its racked filled with feminine patterns and soft textures (think lots of lace and velvet). You’ll find flirty prints and florals alongside sparkly jewelry and chic handbags.
The brands: LoveShackFancy, Clu USA, Rebecca Taylor, Antik Batik, Mignonne Gavigan, and Kristin Hayes.
The price: Dresses here tend to fall in the $250 to $700 range.
The shop: This popular boutique has numerous locations throughout the Southeast, including a shop on Davidson’s Main Street. Its Charlotte store is on Selwyn Avenue and features a colorful and cozy space that’s packed full of clothes and accessories ranging from game day casual to date night dressy.
The brands: Schutz, Amanda Uprichard, Marc Fisher, Kat Maconie, Tory Burch, Sheila Fajl, and Ramy Brook.
The price: There are many items under $100, but most shoes and dresses tend to stretch into the $200 range.
The shop: This contemporary boutique on Providence Road (in Providence Plaza Shopping Center near Flywheel) is small, but with a stylish selection of attire, bath products, and even candles. With shimmery materials and fashionable cuts, this is a perfect spot to shop for special occasion dresses.
The brands: Show Me Your Mumu, Splendid, Amanda Uprichard, Ella Moss, Joie, Michael Stars, Elizabeth Stone, Dolce Vita, and Gigi New York.
The price: There are many items under $100, but some dresses and jackets range from $100 to $200.
The shop: When this popular boutique moved from Dilworth to its current spot in SouthPark Village (across from Crate & Barrel), it updated both its location and its style. The bright and airy space is filled with contemporary—and often edgy (think camo and metallics)—designer clothing and accessories. Plus, it features a shoe selection worth the visit alone.
The brands: White + Warren, Twine & Twig, Derek Lam, Ramy Brook, Vince, See by Chloe, and Alexis.
The price: Casual attire can be found in the $100 range, but dresses and shoes can reach to $500+. Keep an eye on their Instagram page though—this spot has incredible sales.
The shop: Launched in 2011 by two college friends in Raleigh, Vestique now has two Charlotte locations in Dilworth and Blakeney. The colorful shop is known for having on-trend dresses, denim, rompers, and statement jewelry—and not breaking the bank.
The brands: Most of the clothing falls under Vestique’s private label, but you’ll also find Spanx, Show Me Your Mumu, Flying Monkey Denim, Just Black Denim, and Project Social T.
The price: This shop is very affordable with almost all items under $100.