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Abejas

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Abejas

If you run into a blogger in a frilly dress, leather bomber, and felt hat, there’s a good chance she shops here. Visit with the boutique’s backyard chickens after shopping upcycled designer garments, funky layered necklaces, and chic neutrals.

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Think Palm Springs by way of River Oaks: baubles, bangles, and monogrammed totes mixed with wrap dresses, pashmina scarves, and tropical-print tunics.

Baanou

Offering carefully curated ready-to-wear pieces as well as owner Maryam Afshari Khreibani’s Houston-made label, this small boutique holds its own alongside big-name neighbors like Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.

Beehive

Curated trend pieces and basics with a twist, all for under $150, offer a “girl’s best friend” vibe, as explained by owner Claire Fields Craig, whose favorite look right now is a pink gingham set paired with a woven tote, black espadrilles, and blue cat-eye sunglasses.

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Atrium Ready to Wear

Atrium Ready to Wear

This store secured designer Prabal Gurung for its first trunk show, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since. Owner Luvi Wheelock stocks “effortless to the max” European designers, perfect for the customer who is sophisticated, with an edge.

Collectivo

This is a one-stop shop for Latin American luxury. Expats rejoice in products from home, and Americans discover multicultural fashion beyond the omnipresent guayabera. “Every designer tells a different story,” says owner Geraldine Boyer, who’s from Mexico City. “It’s basically an extension of my home.”

Elaine Turner

Boho-preppy is the name of the game here. Turner’s iconic wedge heels and envelope clutches are still fan favorites, but they have competition in her funky tweed jackets, cold-shoulder blouses, and fringe earrings.

Elizabeth Anthony

Stocked with a range of designer labels from classic (Reem Acra) to modern (Veronica Beard), this upscale outpost is a favorite of ladies-who-lunch and their daughters, too.

Emerson Rose

Dolly Parton songs set the scene as customers shop for boho dresses, embroidered bandanas, and reworked vintage Levis. Owner Bonnie Reay describes the stores’ two locations as “sisters, not twins.”

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Favor the Kind

Favor the Kind

Formerly known as The Gypsy Wagon, this Heights Mercantile shop recently changed its name but continues to offer laid-back caftans and chunky jewelry, including manager LeeAnn Sloan's favorite:  the vibrant, eye-catching Dolan prints exclusive to the store.

Forty Five Ten

High-fashion fiends delight in this Dallas import, where Alexander Wang, Gucci, and Maison Margiela live under one beautiful roof beside harder-to-find luxury brands like Carven and Rochas. Consider it our very own mini-Neiman’s.

Hemline

Born in New Orleans’s French Market, this line of boutiques has spread across the South over the past decade and a half. Each of its four individually franchised Houston shops has its own unique feel. At the CityCentre outpost, owner Shannon Martin keeps stackable, handmade Omi Bead bracelets in stock year-round.

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Hello Lucky

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Hello Lucky

Sculptor-turned-shop owner Teresa O’Connor considers her shop an “ever-changing installation.” One-of-a-kind items include pieces from in-house jewelry line Fire and Water and clothing from curated vintage collaboration Objets D’esprit.

Katia

Owner Denise Lucia offers by-appointment-only styling for longtime loyalists, who swear by her eye. Filled with lust-worthy brands and a massive denim selection, her shop has long since surpassed its humble beginnings as a one-room affair Lucia started with $1,000 to her name.

Melodrama Boutique

This vibrant, contemporary outpost has earned die-hard fans for its eclectic, high-fashion inventory in a range of sizes. With owner Jackie Adams’s focus on building community, it’s more than a store, but, as she describes it, “a sisterhood” where emerging designers showcase their creations and friends gather for social events.

Kick Pleat

Owner Wendi Koletar expanded her Austin shop into Houston after realizing the brands she carried were still largely unavailable here. She's currently loving wrap pants by minimalist Milan-based designer Dušan and simple gold jewelry by Marla Aaron.

Pomp and Circumstance

Marie Earthman takes customer service to the next level, outfitting her boutique with a kids’ corner, coffee bar, popcorn machine, and plenty of candy. Equally delicious? The selection of colorful sundresses and bold, beaded earrings.

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Poshak

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Poshak

This is Houston’s go-to spot for Indian and Pakistani apparel, jewelry, and accessories. Stop in for a multihued reminder of Houston’s status as the most culturally diverse city in America.

Premium Goods

Brooklyn style arrives to Houston streets with a selection of kicks from retro Jordans to the latest Adidas, plus an entire collection of gear and apparel repping H-Town—or, as one best-selling T-shirt reads, “Screwston.”

Pretty Little Things

It’s all in the name of this shop filled with floral rompers, cheeky graphic tees, and the perfect gift for a girlfriend.

Saint Cloud

Named for the suburb of Paris, this purveyor of fine clothing, accessories, and home goods has two Houston locations, but our favorite is the Rice Village corner boutique, a minimalist space where high ceilings and full-length windows provide the lighting and long, low tables exhibit dazzling products in metal trays. Free-standing jewelry displays are works of art in themselves, adorned with geometric brass earrings and bright, tassled necklaces.

Saint Lo

Husband-and-wife duo Skye and Lindsay Vila opened this upscale, contemporary women’s boutique last summer. All the offerings, the two say, were hand-picked, with a focus on craftsmanship, and all have inspired them in some way.

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Sloan/Hall

Sloan/Hall

You wouldn’t be faulted for thinking you’ve entered a gallery when you encounter this shop’s sleek, glass jewelry cases. Fans love the authentic French perfume, colorful dresses, and wall of handmade greeting cards.

Sobare

Yes, her shop specializes in activewear, but owner Krystal Luna stocks her shelves with pieces to be worn to vinyasa and happy hour. Rare-to-Houston brands from California, London, and Australia mean shoppers won’t match anyone else at the gym.

Social Status

This upscale shop boasts fancy brand collaborations like Alexander Wang for Adidas while also stocking smaller, less widely distributed labels. It’s a must-visit for anyone in search of killer kicks they haven’t already seen stomping down a Houston sidewalk.

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STAG Provisions for Men

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STAG Provisions for Men

This place offers a tastefully curated selection of life’s finer things—from Cowboy Grass cologne to high-end art and vintage furniture—alongside more denim and buffalo plaid than you can shake a stick at. Masculine accessories range from sunglasses to hip flasks.

Swoon

Owner Kelly Giddings attributes her loyal following to her shop’s neighborhood feel and diverse selection of offerings sourced from East Coast buying trips. This is the place for mules and slides paired with this season’s denim.

The Impeccable Pig

Bright, textured layers and playful ruffles are par for the course at this shop, which just launched an exclusive JMarie collection of embroidered dresses and tops inspired by the traditions and textiles of Mexico.

The Webster

This “jewel box” shop plays host to both fashion institutions like Chanel and Dior and street-style favorites like Vetements and Yeezy. New on the rack: LHD, the retro, Miami-inspired debut collection from owner Laure Hériard Dubreuil.

Tootsies

Okay, so it’s massive, but Tootsies is a Houston institution, and so had to make our list. When the legendary emporium moved to its current 35,000-square-foot location after 25 years in Highland Village, it pulled out all the stops—floor-to-ceiling windows, a 300-foot runway, private party and dining spaces, giant fitting rooms, and, of course, pieces by all the top designers the place built its reputation on when the late Mickey Rosmarin opened shop over four decades ago. Coming soon: the legendary store’s own e-commerce launch.

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Tres Chic

Tres Chic

The mother and daughter behind this cute spot manage to appeal to shoppers from both of their demographics, who flock here for funky Lucite clutches, printed jackets, and classic silk scarves.

Reserve Supply Company

This specialty boutique is a Houston original, perfect for the Texas man who’s proud to be from Texas, man. It’s a one-stop shop for everything from apparel to footwear to stylish accessories and household goods. Brands like Carhartt, Red Wing, and Shinola are all well-represented, but there are some surprises, too, like Black Kettle Soap Company, whose handcrafted Brewmaster shampoo bar allows dudes to live the dream by conditioning their hair with Shiner Bock.

Rye 51

The modern gentleman—a discerning fellow who values quality and timeless style over disposable fashion and the latest trend—has a friend in this luxury purveyor of apparel and dry goods. A complimentary on-site whiskey bar invites him to nurse a glass of moonshine as he comes to terms with finally letting go of the waffle-knit Henley he bought in 2003.

Whim

Home to labels “hovering just below the fashion radar,” this shop carries items from Korea’s Ji Oh, Australia’s Rebecca Vallance, France’s Carven, and California’s Katharine Kidd, making it “a United Nations of fashion,” as owner Cindy Reich says.

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