Houston is a city that is literally a globetrotting fashionista’s dream. There are so many gorgeous boutique hotels in Houston to stay in and cute cafes to stop into for your morning coffee, plus the beautiful the weather! It’s the perfect place to spend a weekend with the girls shopping at all of the Houston-based designer boutiques. These are my absolute favorite places to head for unique clothing, jewelry, and shoes.
Abejas is the perfect store for those who love the bohemian look. It’s all loose blouses, flowing skirts, and muted florals. One of the things I love about this boutique that makes it so special is that the owner, Christina Mitchell, “upcycles” a lot of pieces that she finds and turns something that might otherwise have been thrown away into an absolutely gorgeous dress or pair of vintage leather boots. You’re sure to walk out of here with pieces you won’t find anywhere else.
Location: 2517 South Boulevard, Houston, TX 77098
All my fellow Project-Runway-loving gals will remember Chloe Dao as the winner of season two. Located in the chic shopping area of Rice Village, this boutique is more popular than ever. Her dresses are utterly fabulous, and she’s become a popular designer for brides-to-be. You can shop her collections off the rack or have her make you something extra special on request.
Location: 6127 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77005
Elaine Turner has recently become a household name, but this designer got her start right here in Houston. Her clutch bags and wedge sandals are cult-classics, but I also love her shift dresses with their gorgeous embroidery details and her effortlessly chic blouses. This is a must-visit for any fashion-lover on a trip to Houston.
Location: 2439 University Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005
The French Cuff Boutique is one of my absolute favorite shops for delicate jewelry and other girly accessories. Even after my trip to Dallas, I find myself scrolling through their Instagram and shopping their online store for new sandals and bracelets. Their prices are really reasonable, and their selection is unlike anything you can find on the high-street elsewhere.
Location: 791 Town and Country Boulevard, Suite 144, Houston, TX 77024
Tootsies is where you need to go if you want to find high-end designer brands in Houston. This store is all about their customer experience and as soon as you step inside, you’ll never want to shop anywhere else (or even leave that day!). They host trunk shows in other major cities if you can’t make it to Houston, but the flagship store is simply impeccable. Even if it’s out of your price range, I highly recommend simply taking a look around and being among fashion royalty here.
Location: 2601 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77098
Shopping in Houston is unlike any other shopping experience I’ve had in the U.S. It’s chic like New York but with a distinctly southern touch. If you get the chance to visit this bustling city, definitely get out and explore these boutiques and local designers.
Feature Image via Flickr by Katie Haugland Bowen