The eclectic Houston neighborhood of Montrose is a shoppers’ delight, especially for those looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry or clothing. The neighborhood, home to AMLI City Vista, AMLI 2121, and AMLI River Oaks, has a host of vintage clothing shops, designer boutiques, and trendy art and design galleries.
Here are a few that everyone living in a midtown Houston apartment should check out.
If you’re looking for designer clothes but don’t want to pay the high prices, Couture Blowout is right up your alley. This high end consignment shop, a five-minute drive from AMLI River Oaks, specializes in designer label dresses, jeans, handbags, and other accessories. Their merchandise is so lightly used, much of it could pass as new. The selection is constantly changing, but usually contains some Chanel, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada.
Run by a British expat, Wardrobe The Boutique is a place where you can count on finding the latest in women’s fashion. The well-curated boutique is stocked with designer blouses, skirts, handbags, and other accessories made by designers who support great causes with a portion of their sales. Proceeds from the fashionable clothing you pick up could go to laborers in Indonesia, wildlife rescue efforts in Guatemala, or battered women in Los Angeles. Located on Waugh Street between Dallas and Damico, Wardrobe is just blocks away from AMLI City Vista, AMLI 2121, and AMLI River Oaks.
Not far from Couture Blowout, Heiress Boutique is known for its diverse and extensive selection of dresses. Whether you’re looking for a casual dress to wear to a friend’s party or an elegant gown for a black-tie gala, Heiress Boutique should have some options for you.
On the market for a wide-rimmed hat, some cowboy boots, a shiny belt buckle, or other Western wear? Leopard Lounge, a vintage thrift store that caters to those who like Houston’s cultural history, is not to be missed. Just a mile south of AMLI River Oaks, Leopard Lounge is a popular place to shop for rodeo clothes.
On the other end of the design spectrum from Leopard Lounge sits Nonno, a women’s clothing boutique that specializes in cosmopolitan chic and feels like something you might expect to find on 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive. Nonno is a place where you can find the latest in fashion coming out of Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Milan, and New York. They carry men’s and women’s fashion as well as accessories.
There’s no shortage of vintage shops and boutiques in the Montrose neighborhood specializing in women’s fashion, but men’s fashion is another story. If you want to maximize the likelihood you’ll find something great for your hunk of husband, friend, or yourself, hit up STAG Provisions for Men. Just over three miles from AMLI City Vista and AMLI 2121, STAG specializes in cool, casual menswear.
Until now we’ve focused on where you can find fashionable attire. If you’re looking for decor for your Montrose apartment, the neighborhood also has a few galleries worth checking out. The most well-known of these, the shop at the Peel Gallery, straddles the border between Montrose and River Oaks. Artwork available in the gallery’s shop is influenced by contemporary art and design trends.
Another cute Montrose shop to check out if you’re shopping for more than just clothes is Sloan/Hall. It has a small clothing section loyal patrons consider fantastic, but it has a lot more than just clothes. Homemade candles, handcrafted soap, ornate serving dishes, clever greeting cards, and one-of-a-kind jewelry are some of the things you can expect to find.
At Space Montrose, handcrafted wares are king. This indie boutique, just a mile from AMLI City Vista, AMLI 2121, and AMLI River Oaks, has arts, crafts, and clothes friends are sure to pine over. The selection changes regularly, making it a place loyal shoppers visit week after week. Check it out sooner rather than later so you can snatch up what you like before others get the chance.
Houston’s Montrose neighborhood is a great place to shop. The next time you’re looking for a trendy outfit or centerpiece, explore the boutiques and galleries in the area for something sure to garner you compliments.
What’s your favorite Montrose boutique?
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