In PART 1 of SAS’s Accessory blog I talked about some tips and how-tos of accessorizing with accouterments and adornments. In this PART 2 I’m sharing some tips on why boutiques make ideal places to find accessories, inspiration and shopping assistance.
Tip 1: Use Social Media to your Fashionable Advantage
One of the smartest ways to expand your fashion knowledge and know-how is to follow the Social Media sites of fashionable people and shops. I always recommend choosing the sites of local or online boutiques. Most boutiques only carry one or two size runs of each style. The low inventory ensures well selected pieces and a less likely chance that your outfit will be on someone else at the same event. Following their social media sites means you can keep up with their inventory and snag something you love while it’s still in store.
Boutiques are known for carrying on-trend, of-the-moment inventory. Since accessories are the easiest way to update a wardrobe without breaking the bank, find trendy accouterments and adornments at boutiques and incorporate them with your own clothes with help from social media.
Tip 2: Make Friends with Boutique Associates
Another advantage of boutique shopping is the associates that work at them. In general, boutiques are the place to find associates who want to be surrounded by fashion, love to read about and research what’s trending and want to dress up-to-date; they’re not just “working in the mall” for an after school job. Associates at boutiques are more accustomed to helping a customer pick out an entire outfit than, say associates at some department stores. So window or internet browse some local boutiques then go into the ones who best reflect the kind of style you have or want.
Get to know the associates and let them get a feel for the looks you’re after so they can help you pick pieces to update your closet.
Tip 3: Dress IN your Comfort Zone & be willing to step OUT of it
When you are first shopping a boutique and becoming familiar with the staff, dress in a style that most epitomizes how you like to look on a daily basis and best represents what can be found in your closet. In this case though, skip the accessories. By dressing in a style you’re most comfortable rocking, you allow yourself and the associate a jumping off point. Like I demonstrated in Part 1, a few accessories can make clothing appropriate for various occasions.
Instead of purchasing one whole head-to-toe outfit, work with the associate to select which accouterments and adornments they would suggest to transform the look you have on, thus what could also transform what you already have in your closet.
The key to a on-trend, chic and well stocked boutique is an owner with a excellent sense of personal style who cares about their shop and clients. A great local example is a lady who is beautiful inside and out, Katie Rae Bowen, the owner of Haus 131. This New Orleans native who just got back from meeting some of her fashion faves at Magic in Vegas, is passionately making her boutique dreams come true in bigger and better ways each year.
Find her at her shop at 5517 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 where she personally curates her inventory to make sure Haus 131 is “a boutique that provides individuals with a style that is exceptional and suitable for any lifestyle or budget”. Katie Rae has a personable and inviting demeanor so be sure to chat her up when you visit the shop and find out what’s the latest in the Fall fashion scene or how to incorporate trendy pieces into your current collection.
Follow Katie Rae and Haus 131 for styling ideas, inventory sneak peaks, sale announcements and much more!
- Haus 131 on Instagram is a treasure trove of cute looks! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
- Peep looks from her Wearhaus District blog on Katie Rae’s Instagram
- Get Haus in your feed! Follow on Facebook or Twitter
So remember: Follow for Finds, to Accelerator your Accessory Aptitude then Buy at Boutiques!
*Pictures from Instagram and Haus 131 logo borrowed with permission. Logo and images are the representations of Haus 131 and associated sites and not directly affiliated with SAS.*