As major labels like Gucci and Coach begin to debut spring and summer collections, local boutiques are also getting ahead of the season and releasing their new arrivals. Strolling through boutiques around Rice Village and The Heights, you’ll find hints of the warmer weather to come, with an emerging color palette of pink, blue, orange, green, and a surprising swatch of black and brown.
Looking forward to maxi and midi dresses this spring? We spotted these, plus an array of skirts and blouses, both rodeo and island getaway themed. Packing your bags for a tropical vacation or going out in artsy Montrose? These local shops are blooming with trendy styles for both spring occasions. As we wrap up the last few weeks of winter, pack away your bundled-up wardrobe and add some color to your closet with some of our favorite spring fashion finds.
Scroll ahead as we review and select the best fashion finds from local boutiques’ spring collections.
While spring looks are typically full of color, Beehive has limited its collection to soft whites, pastels, and jet blacks. There is an array of mini tops and midi skirts to create a variety of looks throughout the season, as well as a nice batch of denim jeans that range from printed patterns to edgy and distressed. However, the main attraction at Beehive is the spring dresses that are absolutely eye-catching. Opposite of the rest of the spring collection, the dresses are bold and vivid-colored, like the off-the-shoulder Anna dress in bright blue, the ruffled mini Maribeth dress with a hot pink halter and the sheer Alyson dress in a fun zebra print. Must-have pieces include the crochet knit rainbow top ($55), garden party dress in a flattering green ($98), and springtime denim floral pants ($95).
Rice Village, 2519 University Blvd. lovebeehive.com
Downtown Hubs with Hemline
For those who love a weekend spent Downtown in our bustling city, a look that complements selfies in front of bars, restaurants, and buildings is essential. With new collections from Amanda Uprichard and Show Me Your Mumu, Hemline is the destination for daytime and nightlife garb. Designer Amanda Uprichard chose vivid fabrics for her collection, with specific attention to the halter and one-shoulder silhouettes, as seen in the bright-yellow silk Kimball Mini dress ($264) and ruched mini Gwendolyn dress ($359). There’s also a nice array of nighttime pieces, such as the pleated dark blue Laconia dress ($194), a faux leather Lorna flair pant ($189), and an accompanying tank ($172). On the other hand, Show Me Your Mumu opted for a ’70s style assemblage with groovy co-ords, frilly tulle designs, and Mardi Gras mayhem. Must-have pieces from both designers are the knit shift sweater dress (154) with front pockets, cropped and strapless Rossella ruffle top ($138), purple sequin Samba dress ($224), and the one-shoulder Ania top ($150) with drawstring detail.
Rice Village, 2513 University Blvd. shophemline.com
Kick Pleat’s Falling Into Spring
The typical fall color palette has snuck its way into the threads of brands Hache and Tibi sold at Kick Pleat. For Hache, the simplistic designs of button-down shirts and monochromatic blouses fill up most of the collection, which is available in latte-like safari brown, raspberry pink, striking orange, and electrified blue. There are also three bottoms to complete the looks, the Pareo wrap skirt ($518), navy drawstring easy skirt ($230), and a plaid boxer short ($614). Tibi has a wider and sportier spring collection with plentiful blouses, blazers, and pants, crafted with interesting fabric choices of knits, nylons, wool, and cashmere material. The brand also does a great job of pairing cool with warm colors, such as a bright jadeite-green balloon skirt with a long lapel beige blazer or a puffy sleeve red blouse with the same beige pleated pant. Pieces from both labels that are worth a buy are the powder nylon pleated cargo pant ($395), soft lavender Giselle slash cutout top, vivid-orange T-shirt blouse ($487), and black and white boxer shorts ($614)
River Oaks 2565 Kirby Drive. kickpleat.com
Saved by the Pell 1990
Houstonians headed to The Woodlands should make time to stop and shop the curated arrivals from Pell 1990. One of the best destinations to create your own Spring Break lookbook, the womenswear boutique has debuted a nice lineup of tops, blouses, crops, and sweaters that are eager to be worn anywhere from resorts to the city. Scrolling through the new arrivals, it’s clear that printed midi- and maxi-length dresses are what is trending this season. Standout pieces are the energetic-floral Simone dress ($395), rainbow halter Havanna dress ($62), and multi-pink patchwork Kidada dress ($390). Similar to Kick Pleat, we also saw a few browns and greens in the lineup, such as the mini halter feather dress ($89) and vegan russet leather Ryder shorts ($295). Essential selections from this spring collection are the roseberry Mojave top ($393), which is made from recycled leather, red embroidered Je T’aime graphic tee ($78) and colorfully abstract midi Paradise Layla dress ($204.)
The Woodlands 24811 Gosling Road. shoppell1990.com
Pomp & Circumstance Is Living in Color
One word that defines the spring collection at Pomp & Circumstance is splashy. The entire assemblage is drenched in spectacular colors with a tiny selection of monochromatic white or black garb. The boutique has focused its apparel more so on dresses and blouses, matched with a nice array of denim jeans. The standout color throughout the shelves of new arrivals is infinite swatches of pink, such as the millennial Wannabe denim pants ($68), hot Tropicana floral maxi dress ($78), and rosy glow dress ($69). Florals have also taken over the collection, from the sky blue maxi Unattainable tiered dress ($88) to the soft pastel morning dew skirt ($89). Unlike the prior boutiques, Pomp & Circumstance has a nice array of shorts that also fit the floral trend, as well as staple denim. Must-have pieces are the watercolor blue Marilyn shorts ($59), red floral midi Remember When Dress ($54) and the sandy-yellow crochet no tan lines dress ($69).
River Oaks 2708 Sackett St. pandcboutique.com
Giddy Up With Emerson Rose
This spring, Emerson Rose decided to add a big Houston yee-haw factor to its collection, making a round-up match-made for the rodeo. An assemblage of Western wear makes up the majority of arrivals with a slew of graphic tees and sweatshirts such as the Cowgirls Don’t Cry tee ($37), Howdy Maroon sweatshirt ($63), and Good Times And Country Music tee ($37). The spring collection also has an edgy array of graphic shirts featuring vintage artists and bands such as Bob Marley ($69), The Go-Go’s ($65), and No Doubt ($69). Similar to Pomp & Circumstance, there’s a wave of florals occupying dresses, but with an additional batch of plaid and cow prints. Closet essentials are the ’70s-inspired groovy Jacksonville jumpsuit ($200), spring green So Lucky dress ($53), and the vintage-like Wild Like the West tee ($37).
The Heights 1637 Westheimer Road shopemersonrose.com
Chloe Dao Jumps Into Spring
Local designer Chloe Dao took a cooler-toned approach to her spring collection by choosing dark blues and moss greens but evidently overpowered by black. Unlike the rest of this list, Dao focuses on an assortment of jumpsuits, such as strapless cow lace ($168) and rompers like the savvy sequin deep V ($138) to welcome the season. The collection also includes a couple of high-waisted wide-leg pants ($188) in red and navy, and a caramel ruffled mini skort ($78) that pairs perfectly with cowboy boots and a few rodeo-inspired garments, like a taupe-tiered button-down dress ($138) and a few fedora hats ($58) in a faux leather style and bohemian pattern. Absolute musts here are the snake print flare pants ($88), olive stitch belted jumpsuit ($168), and sheer-sleeved sweater with flower collar ($78).
Rice Village 6127 Kirby Drive. chloedao.com