When I first moved to Austin, I carved out an entire weekend to visit each local boutique in-person, so I could introduce myself as a blogger. I HIGHLY recommend this if you’re an influencer/blogger – take a weekend and visit as many of your local clothing boutiques as you can (it’s way more personable than sending an email). Introduce yourself to the manager, and explain that you are looking to partner/collaborate with their brand.
When I went around, I dropped off my business card, and followed up my in-person introduction with emails. Again, I can’t encourage this enough. It’s cool when you get to work with national brands, but it’s also super important to establish a good reputation with local businesses as well. Chances are, they will be more open to your own ideas in a partnership, and establishing a relationship with your local boutiques can help in the long-run.
From that weekend alone, I ended up with AT LEAST five different partnerships. In the end, it was so worth it. So, I thought, since I’ve been to most of the local boutiques in Austin, I felt it only right to share my favorites with you guys! If you’re an Austin local, let me know which boutiques you would add to the list. And if you don’t live here, be sure to reference this list the next time you visit!
If you’re looking for…
A total bohemian/hippie look – Then you MUST check out Southern Hippie. They carry the top boho brands, including my personal fave, Spell & the Gypsy. Located just north of The University of Texas’ campus, this storefront is one of my favorites in Austin, complete with an apothecary home section – they even have a cute little cafe where they serve açaí bowls. LOVE.
Beachy Malibu vibes – Look no further than Cove. Located in the trendiest part of town – a.k.a South Congress – Cove encompasses all the Southern Cali style you’ll ever need. Designers include L*Space, For Love & Lemons AND Flynn Skye. Ummmm, yes please!
Sunroom – Their flagship store is also located on South Congress (although a little pricier than Cove), in the South Congress Hotel, with their second location in Malibu. Sunroom is the PERFECT place to find that Cali-inspired look. Not to mention, their most recent lookbook is the aesthetic of my DREAMS.
High-end designer pieces – If you’re looking to shop designer, and totally splurge, look no further than By George. They carry all the designer brands you could ever want, and they have two locations – one in Clarksville and the other on South Congress. I got to model for them a few months back, and it was an absolute DREAM to get to wear designers such as Balenciaga and The Row. Designers include Stella Mccartney, Ulla Johnson and Saint Laurent.
The best vintage pieces – If you’re looking for good quality, super stylish vintage pieces, at a reasonable price, you NEED to check out Feathers. Also located on South Congress, this is my absolute FAVORITE vintage store in Austin, and that’s saying a lot, because Austin is like, the hot spot for vintage shopping. If you go to only one boutique on your visit to Austin, this one is it. Being able to shop the coolest vintage pieces in-person is definitely worth the trip.
70’s-style fashion – Adelante has you covered. They have a HUGE inventory inside their store, with fun party looks, as well as more casual, bohemian pieces. Located in Austin’s central neighborhood, this place is your one-stop-shop for unique, retro-style pieces.
Trendy + Affordable – Beehive has got you. They carry super stylish, of-the-moment pieces, at a very reasonable price. They’re located in the hills of Austin – a.k.a. my favorite part of town – and their online shop KILLS it. So, if you’re not in the area, but sure to check them out on the world wide web.
Athletic wear – I wouldn’t be doing this post justice if I wrote about all the best boutiques in Austin and failed to mention Outdoor Voices. Yes, I am aware that OA is actually a national brand, but did you know that their headquarters and flagship store is based in Austin? This cute house-turned-storefront is located in the Clarksville neighborhood, and you won’t get the full Austin shopping experience unless you visit OA’s home base.
Cowboy boots – Ok, if you don’t remember anything else from this post, remember two words – Allens Boots. This store is a tourist hot spot, not just for boutique shoppers, but for pretty much anyone who visits Austin for the first time. Allens Boots is basically a national landmark at this point. They carry HUNDREDS of authentic cowboy boots. My favorite part of this store is actually the Lucchese shop attached to Allens. This section of the store is super stylish and manly, and is everything I envision my future, super stylish, Texan husband wearing. Located on South Congress, just look for the big red boot out front.
Well, that’s all I got for ya. If you come to Austin and visit any of the above, let me know which ones are your favorites!
Photos by Todd White