Texas style isn’t just about cowboy boots and hats. Indeed, the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan is much more relevant when it comes to the Texas state capital’s fashion scene. The city’s fashion boutiques accommodate a wide array of tastes and styles, though the vintage shopping experience is a standout feature. From going-out outfits to everyday workwear, here are the top 10 fashion boutiques in Austin.
This designer clothing boutique carries an androgynous aesthetic that Austin designer and founder Stephanie Beard describes as “quality clothing for men and women with menswear mentality.” That principle has led to well-made basics that will last for decades. Think boilersuits, shirt dresses, soft tunic tops and denim that is more classic than trendy.
One-of-a-kind vintage finds make Feathers Boutique Vintage a treasure hunter’s paradise. The curators behind the shop do the tough work of finding these high-quality pieces, which include rock-star-worthy looks (think a two-piece leather suit in an eye-catching turquoise), as well as a wide selection of everyday vintage-like worn-in mom jeans and band T-shirts. Feathers also sells gorgeous designer handbags, artisan jewelry and vintage home decor.
Athleisure is way in, thanks to Outdoor Voices’ founder Ty Haney who is one of the people responsible for making it acceptable to sport leggings at work (and not just on casual Fridays). The signature OV look includes color-blocked leggings, just-the-right-length crop tops and sporty exercise dresses in natural and pastel hues, though the new hot pink flamingo shade is a crowd-pleaser. The royal blue “Doing Things”-emblazoned baseball caps are a city-wide sign of “cool,” as you likely scooped one up while participating in one of OV’s frequent, free-of-charge community workout events.
With locations in both Austin and Malibu, Sunroom, which first opened in 2013, curates a collection that captures the vibes of both locales to create an aesthetic of boho-chic and natural elegance – think loose bohemian maxi dresses and tops to denim jumpsuits and designer swimsuits. It’s fashion that will get you comfortably through the long, steamy Austin summers.
Located prominently on the South Congress Avenue shopping drag, STAG Provisions for Men offers rugged vintage and outdoors-inspired wares for men. Think high-end flannel, fleece, denim, leather and boots – the type of clothes that transition effortlessly from day to night in this casual Texas city. STAG recently introduced a sister brand, Daughters, which features the same timeless denim and leather staples with a feminine touch.
This upscale boutique is one of Austin’s original high-end fashion destinations, with 2019 marking its 40th year in the city. Shop for designer goods from the likes of Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Marni and more. Not just a purveyor of women’s fashion, ByGeorge offers men’s clothing and a wide selection of designer home goods to make sure your decor is as stylish as your outfit.
South of Everywhere co-founders Domingo Anthony, Cade Wilson and Emory Blake curate a “Hypebeast in real life” collection of high-fashion urban streetwear at their South Lamar shop. Stop here for of-the-moment sneakers, sportswear, hoodies and graphic tees, and stick around for one of their regular after-hours events.
Do you dream of vintage denim? If you’re looking for perfectly lived-in, high-waisted jeans that make your butt look like it belongs on the cover of an early ’90s magazine, then Passport Vintage is the place to go. In the past five years, the store has evolved from an online-only Etsy shop to a full-fledged brick-and-mortar on South 1st Street with a sizable Instagram following. In addition to the supermodel mom jeans of your dreams, Passport Vintage stocks a fun mix of vintage athletic wear – think oversize sweatshirts, crop tops and T-shirts, often with a local Austin flair.
One of the best vintage accounts to follow online, Charm School Vintage outlines every essential detail of their products on the group’s Instagram. If you like a product, whether it’s a cute ’60s dress, ’90s band T-shirt or adorable accessory, you can learn its exact dimensions before checking it out in store. Located on the East Side, this darling shop blends the best designs from every era with today’s trends, selecting each garment for its timelessness, wearability and ability to delight and inspire.
From teddy coats to animal prints and brightly hued velvet scrunchies, Beehive is always on-trend, but with well-made, long-lasting products that are a far cry from fast fashion. Another plus? The price point is more affordable than some of the designer-heavy stops on this list, making Beehive a great shop for on-a-whim shopping.