In the Queen City, chic Charlotteans are fantastic at dressing the royal part. However we can’t take full responsibility for our fashion sensibilities without a nod to our local boutique scene. The following shops keep our closets burgeoning with designer finds, the latest trends and both shoes and accessories so exquisite they deserve a showroom of their own.
4010 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 366-0388
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Laura Vinroot Poole, owner of Capitol Charlotte, was recently named one of Southern Living’s 50 People Who Are Changing the South for her high-fashion shop and redefining work on the boutique fashion scene. Capitol is the it spot for sophisticated, creative couture you won’t find anywhere else. Designers carried at Capitol include Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen, just to name a few. Bright colors, intriguing prints and offbeat, runway-ready silhouettes are signatures of Capitol Charlotte’s collection, along with jaw-dropping evening gowns by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Erdem and Oscar de la Renta.
2935 Providence Road, Ste. 103, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 366-7272
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For trendy, youthful brands such as Joie, Ella Moss, Tolani and Splendid, head over to the Pink Hanger in Providence Plaza Shopping Center. Prices hover in the $50 to $150 range, providing ample opportunity to find both steals and splurges. Pink Hanger’s inventory is wonderfully wearable and features looks for both errand running and dressy nights out.
The Courtyard Shopping Center, 2400 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 375-1334
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Calling all thrifty, treasure-hunting shopaholics: We have a boutique for you! From Jimmy Choo shoes to Lilly Pulitzer dresses, J.T. Posh specializes in both new and consigned designer finds. Don’t have enough room in the closet? Round up gently used items (or those you never got around to wearing) and make an appointment to sell unwanted wears to J.T. Posh to earn 45 percent of the selling price of each item.
Specialty Shops on the Park, 6401 Morrison Blvd., Suite 13-A, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 365-3222
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Founders Hall, 100 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202 • (704) 335-0077
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday
Standing behind their mission of “offering fashionistas the opportunity to look fabulous without the guilt,” cute affordability is the name of the game at Ivy & Leo. Browse their large inventory of tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories online or visit one of the two Charlotte locations. Your closet — and wallet — will thank you.
1419 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 372-1267
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday.
We go weak at the knees for local, handmade jewelry, so Laura James Jewelry has us floored. Owner and designer Laura Schmelzer James offers a wide selection of pieces, from bold, revamped vintage necklaces to dainty gold earrings. She also proudly features a smaller selection of other jewelers’ pieces in the store as well. Shop at James’ sun-flooded studio and boutique in Dilworth, and you’ll no doubt leave with a treasured item you’ll hold dear for a lifetime!
6809 B Phillips Place Court, Charlotte, NC 28210 • (704) 554-6000
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Though Luna has four locations throughout the South, this stylish shop is native to Charlotte. The flagship store, found at Phillips Place in South Park, boasts all sorts of head-turning (and sometimes hard-rock!) goodies. Recognizable brands, such as Citizens of Humanity and Rails, mingle with lesser-known boutique designers like Love Poppy Handmade Jewelry.
720 Governor Morrison St., #160, Charlotte, NC 28211 • (980) 299-0220
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Both men and women will enjoy exploring the selection at Luxe Angel. For the gals, super-soft tees and comfy maxi dresses and tunics align with the signature boho look Luxe Angel is known for. And the guys can peruse the denim, tees, polos and button-downs. In addition to clothing, you’ll also find handmade jewelry and accessories, shoes, beauty products and so much more!
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