The best local boutiques for a low budget


Twin Cities locations allow students to inexpensively update wardrobe

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Local boutiques provide unique fashion options.

Fast fashion is popular. It is cheap and efficient. There are plenty of retail options if you are looking for affordable clothing with visual appeal. As a college student, I recognize the challenge of shopping for anything more than fast fashion.

This type of clothing, however, does not always have the word quality stamped into its make-up. I find that investing in pieces and adding them to a capsule collection is more beneficial than dropping money on new pieces from chain retailers every time wear and tear occurs.

Below is a list I put together of my favorite men and women’s local boutiques that are great for slowly introducing new pieces to your wardrobe.

  • Roe Wolfe

Roe Wolfe is a women’s boutique, located in the North Loop. They carry beautiful and high quality pieces from local, national and international brands. Their shop is great for capsuling because they carry a lot of basic and outerwear pieces, which make mixing and matching simple. Some of Roe Wolfe’s brands promote social responsibility as some proceeds go toward fighting human trafficking and providing clean drinking water.

Location: 121 N. First St. Minneapolis, MN, 55401

  • BlackBlue

BlackBlue is a men and women’s boutique located in St. Paul. Their women’s selection is minimum, but present. What makes them unique and excellent is that most of their pieces are unisex. Denim is their specialty. BlackBlue carries local and national brands made from quality materials. These pieces are perfect for the adventurer.

Location: 614 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102

  • Wilson & Willy’s

Wilson & Willy’s is a clothing and home goods store catering to both men and women. It is located in the North Loop. Their selection of apparel is thoughtfully put together, as their company prides themselves in storytelling. The pieces, made locally and nationally, are simple and tasteful, making them easy to pair with other pieces in your collection.

Location: 211 N. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

  • Hazel & Rose

Hazel & Rose is a boutique for women located in Northeast Minneapolis. It specializes in ethical and sustainable fashion. When it comes to investing in pieces, this boutique is well worth it. The studio-like atmosphere makes it easy to navigate the shop and try on apparel. Hazel & Rose carries unique pieces that are simple while still adding statement to your wardrobe.

Location: 945 Broadway St. NE #220, Minneapolis, MN 55413 

PARC

PARC is a women’s boutique with locations in Northeast Minneapolis and Edina. This boutique focuses on simplistic fashion, which makes it easy to mix and match. From basic tanks to everyday outwear, you have a great chance of making your capsules more ornate. PARC also works with local and international designers to make sure pieces are thoughtfully made.

Location: 320 E. Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Location: 5023 S. France Ave., Minneapolis MN 55410

About the author: Hillary Streitberger

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