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Fashion Forward: Durham Style Guide

It's time for a closet refresh! Here's a list of local Durham shops and boutiques to keep you stylin' from head to toe.

Posted By Meghan Grant on Nov 16, 2023

Whether dinner at Copa, checking out the scene at The Durham, dancing at The Fruit, or a show at Carolina Theatre are on your to-do list, blending into the crowd is not on the agenda. Durham's boutiques are here for you to bypass the same old uniform and hit the town looking fresh on any size budget.

Discover Durham connected with Meghan Grant, creator and writer of the Triangle-based blog I'm Fixin' To, to help you shop locally for the newest trends, accessories, and classic pieces. Here’s her list of places to shop in Durham to look fabulous from head to toe.

Mode Consignment Boutique| 1000 W. Main St.

Mode is a great store for beautiful, upscale resale pieces, and purchasing resale is a great way to help the environment. Whether you’re looking to update your clothing, your accessories, or your shoes, you can always find treasures here. Head over soon though, because their items move fast!

Hometown Apparel | 738 9th St.

This woman-owned business is the place to shop for all Bull City-themed items that highlight the experiences, culture, and stories that make Durham unique. You will turn heads in these shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks while showing your support for Durham.

Gibson Girl Vintage | 1001 W. Chapel Hill St.

If you love a vintage find, head over to Gibson Girl Vintage! You can easily spend hours sifting through their items and searching for unique, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories. They have a little of everything and all of their items are in excellent condition.

Smitten Boutique | 2702 Hillsborough Rd.

This boutique offers stylish clothes and accessories for women, and they do it with a sense of humor and sass! Need some fashion tips? They kindly offer style options to help you visualize outfits and suggestions on what to pair them with.

Vert & Vogue | 353 W. Main St.

Nadira and Ryan Hurley have created a beautiful business in downtown Durham featuring mindfully made designs and personal styling. Their shop offers a carefully curated collection of clothing, accessories, shoes, and home goods in a bright, welcoming environment. Check out their floral dresses that are completely swoon-worthy for this season.

The Artisan Market at 305 | 305 E. Chapel Hill St.

Your search for stunning pieces of handmade jewelry and other accessories stops here! The Artisan Market at 305 features the work of over 45 local artists from North Carolina and offers custom work in a reasonable amount of time. You will love looking at all their items especially their jewelry collection full of both traditional pieces and bright and funky pieces.

Atelier N Fine Jewelry | 1914 Perry St.

Atelier N Fine Jewelry offers a variety of fine jewelry, including rare gems and original commissioned pieces. They bring fresh, sophisticated interpretations to classic designs with their personal touch. The gold bar necklace pictured is a perfect layering piece that would be a staple for years to come.

Cecy's Gallery & Studios | 417 Foster St.

Whether you love to rock bright patterns or neutral colors, tight or loose fit, funky or classic touches, they've got something in your style! Swing on over for clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more.

Jewelsmith | 2200 W. Main St., Suite A

If you’re in the market for innovative, hand-crafted fine jewelry, look no further! Jewelsmith's goal is to combine world-class jewelry design with hometown approachability. They create innovative custom jewelry work and provide a fun and unique shopping experience.

Hamilton Hill Jewelry | 905 W. Main St. Brightleaf Square Courtyard

Located in Brightleaf Square, Hamilton Hill is the perfect shop for custom-made jewelry and staple pieces that will last for years to come. Work one-on-one with their in-store goldsmith to create the jewelry you have been dreaming of. Make sure to give Billie, the shop pup, a pet when you visit.

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About the Author

Meghan Grant - Founder & Content Creator

Meghan is the creator and writer of the Triangle-based blog, I’m Fixin’ To. For more gems, follow @imfixintoblog on social media and visit www.imfixintoblog.com.