As much as you like supporting the local guys, let’s face it – boutiques can be expensive. Sure, you might enjoy the hand-selected inventory, but those one-of-a-kind pieces will cost you.
Here are a few essentials for affording and creating a unique look while boutique shopping:
1. Stick to key accessories that can liven up a simple outfit: bold belts, chunky necklaces, dangling earrings and printed scarves.
2. Don’t shy away from materials with a slight defect. Most boutique owners will offer a discount if there is a button missing, a small hole or a fallen hem. Be creative with your seamstress skills or if they offer a significant discount, pay to have it professionally tailored; you’ll most likely still end up saving a lot.
3. Buy well-made and versatile pieces that will last several years. Stay away from items that are too trendy. Like many women, you might rationalize expensive purchases based on how often you wear them. That khaki trench or black blazer will never go out of style so don’t hesitate to splurge on one that will last.
4. Read up and stay connected to your favorite local shops. Peruse local media for sales and promotions going on and sign up for boutiques’ newsletters or mailing lists. Inquire if they have a customer loyalty program that offers discounts.