Beyond Country: The 5 Best Places To Shop For Unique Women's Wear In Nashville

© Hip Zipper/Used With Permission
© Hip Zipper/Used With Permission
Photo of Katie Miller
23 September 2016

Nashville may be known for its glitzy country aesthetic, but when it comes to local fashion, there is no shortage of diversity and nuance buried beneath the rhinestones-and-cowboy-boots stereotype. Whether you’re a local hoping to pick up a few new pieces or a visitor searching for the perfect one-of-a-kind outfit, here’s a brief rundown of some of the best places in town to find unique women’s wear — for any budget or personal style.

Fond Object

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While Fond Object may be known first and foremost as a record store (with a functional petting zoo outside, no less!), this charming white-brick storefront in East Nashville is also home to one of the best selections of one-of-a-kind women’s clothing in the city. After you’ve checked out the shop’s impressive array of new and used vinyls, be sure to browse the women’s wear boutique, which sells contemporary upscale women’s sportswear designed and produced in Nashville from the Black by Maria Silver line. Or, if you’re on the hunt for something with a bit more of a vintage flair, Fond Object is also home to Rags & Digs, a vintage/consignment shop offering a wide array of high-quality vintage clothing and accessories.

United Apparel Liquidators

Nashville’s historic Hillsboro neighborhood is home to numerous clothing and accessory boutiques, from newcomers offering contemporary clothing such as Revv and Native + Nomad to the longtime alternative haven Pangaea. However, you may be less familiar with United Apparel Liquidators (UAL), which opened its doors next to Fido in February 2016 (UAL has had another storefront on West End Avenue for over eight years that still continues to operate). And if you’re not familiar with this small-scale Southern fashion chain, you should be: offering designer threads for 70–90% off original retail prices, UAL is a fashion lover’s paradise. You can find everything from discounted high-end designer goods (think Balenciaga, Chloé, Givenchy, Rag & Bone, etc.) to clothing from lesser-known designers that tends to be priced slightly lower. The variety of designers and styles virtually guarantees that you’ll be able to find the perfect piece to fit your specific taste and price range.

UAL, 1814 21st Ave. South, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 540 0211

Hip Zipper Vintage

Opened in 1999, Hip Zipper is Nashville’s oldest vintage-only clothing store. This East Nashville gem offers a myriad of one-of-a-kind, gently used clothing and accessories for women (and men). And, unlike many other specialty used/vintage stores in town, Hip Zipper is known for its relatively accessible and affordable price points. The shop has been featured in numerous national publications, including Elle, Southern Living, and Travel + Leisure, and it has been voted Nashville’s best vintage shop by the Nashville Scene eight different years. And if these endorsements aren’t enough to convince you of this store’s truly unique selection, know that the store sells primarily vintage clothing from 1930 to 1980, guaranteeing that you’ll always find a carefully cultivated selection of vintage goods with a subtle Western flair.

Hip Zipper Vintage, 1008 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 228 1942

Local Honey

Spend enough time in Nashville, and you’ll start to notice that locals are often fond of multifunctional spaces. Just as Fond Object serves as both record store and clothing boutique, so too does Local Honey function as both a top-notch hair salon and a clothing boutique offering one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. With two locations in both the Belmont/Hillsboro area and East Nashville, this hair salon/clothing shop is unique not only for its concept but also for its selection of women’s (and men’s) vintage goods. From denim overalls to bohemian floral-print dresses to the perfect fall flannels, this store has you covered.

Local Honey, 2009 Belmont Blvd Nashville, TN, USA, +1

Pre to Post Modern

Located on Nashville’s burgeoning Eighth Avenue, Pre to Post Modern is a goldmine of mid-twentieth-century vintage clothing, accessories, and home décor. While this is certainly a vintage store rather than a thrift store — meaning prices tend to be a little higher than those for your average used goods — the selection and quality of the items that this locally beloved shop offers reflect the slightly elevated price points. Find everything from the perfect pair of vintage jeans to a fifties-style ball gown to a new (vintage) leather handbag to the perfect pair of funky earrings; no matter what you pick up, there’s a near-guarantee that you won’t be able to find anything quite like it anywhere else. And while the store may appear small from the outside, shopping it is something of a treasure hunt, as the store is composed of numerous different rooms, each of which contains its own plethora of vintage gems.

Pre to Postmodern, 2110 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 292 1958

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