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Fashion Forward: Durham Style Guide

It's time for a closet refresh! Here's a list of local shops to help you reemerge on the scene stylin' from head to toe.

Posted By Meghan Grant on Apr 30, 2021

Last year, we were quick to swap our suits and skirts for athletic wear and comfy pants, and we completely forgot about jewelry, ties, and other accessories. Although we may miss waking up every morning and deciding between sweatpants and leggings, as the world reopens, it’s time to start updating our closet with “real” clothes and accessories.

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 help you reemerge on the scene looking fabulous from head to toe.

BANO Italian Boutique | 2699 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham, NC 27707

This Italian boutique has been in Durham for 20 years and is known for its unique designer pieces, alterations, tailoring services, and outstanding customer service. Owner Sima Rafizadeh makes quarterly trips to Europe and New York to bring back one-of-a-kind pieces. To quote one of Sima’s customers – “BANO has designer clothes you can’t find anywhere else in the area.” Their clothes have bright, bold colors that are especially fun for spring and summer. Pair one of their skirts with a lightweight jacket or style it with a white tank.

Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel | 1000 W. Main St. Durham, NC 27701

Fifi’s 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. Durham, NC 27705

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. Durham, NC 27701

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 Road Durham, NC 27705

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. Durham, NC 27701

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. #3301, Durham, NC 27701

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. Durham, NC 27705

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. Durham, NC 27701

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. Inside Cecy’s Gallery, you'll see a beautiful selection of bow ties, cufflinks, hats, and custom-designed clothing by Jada’s Men’s Accessories. Their neck and bow ties are showstoppers with such vibrant colors and prints.

Jewelsmith | 2200 W. Main St. A, Durham, NC 27705

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, Durham, NC 27701

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.

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.