Seek out eyeball catchers on your budget, be it $25 or over $1000. It’s not hard to find fashion in Charlotte, NC and neither is finding it at various price ranges. Apache and I set out to see what we could find on the south side of Charlotte. Even with my sinus infection, it was so much fun playing dress up and keeping track of price tags so you can decide for yourself where your dollars should fly.
We explored four very different stores, all within a 5 mile radius of one another. Here are a few spots where you can find an outfit or accessory that will garner compliments wherever you go within your price range.
Fashion Budget $25-$30
Goodwill Boutique – Location: 3609 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28209
Yes, there is a such thing as a Goodwill Boutique! We have never heard of one before this little excursion. The front counter employee described the difference between a Goodwill Boutique and typically seen Goodwill stores as carrying more notable name brand clothes including GAP, Lululemon, GUESS, Kate Spade alongside typical brands you may find in a Goodwill like Old Navy and other lower priced brands.
Scanning the style set up of this establishment, clothing is generally grouped in color blocks. I did see more effort made aesthetically with presentation of decor and less clutter. In a pinch and on the right day someone could get really lucky in here. Prices are the same as any other Goodwill store. You could get an entire outfit including shoes and accessories for $25 or less.
Fashion Budget $35-$120
Sleepy Poet Antique Mall– Location: 4450 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209
Sleepy Poet Antique Mall may be a less obvious choice for finding Charlotte fashion. Wandering around Sleepy Poet is like being on a really fun treasure hunt. At the very least, you could find a cool vintage dress for $35. Sleepy Poet houses anything from casual 80’s styles to timeless vintage statement accessories, offering clothing options at a variety of price ranges.
High style, quality apparel holding stories from another era, could cost anywhere between $35+ – $120.
This is our favorite stop because it always feels like we are on a journey back in time. Plus, Apache and I have a shared predilection toward vintage clothing’s craftsmanship that we feel is not as accessible in american clothing establishments today.
21st Century fashion is giving us a kaleidoscope of time period styles to pull inspiration from. We get to escort past generation ideas into the future for a fresh approach to create a new, fun and very personalized look.
Fashion Budget $60-$300
Anthropologie – Location: Atherton Mill, 2000 South Blvd, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC, 28203
When we first moved to Charlotte we found Anthropologie in the SouthPark mall. It was a whole experience from the woods floors, to the scented air, very classy looking boho styles and ambiance with artsy but not overstated looking home decor (which my heart still skips a beat for).
This store appealed to how i saw myself as a maturing, creative person with desire to avoid overly trendy looks. Back in the day there was some drool to catch over their online selections. Lately the online selections are falling into my mental “nice” or “cute”category, I recommend they hire Apache to help in this area! Although the Atherton Mill store was lovely, I believe the SouthPark mall location has more exciting selections to choose from.
If you want something special without the $200 price tag, check out their sale room where u can always get a great discount on a dress or the perfect skirt. They carry small to plus sizes which i appreciate having worn everything from small to large myself. Consideration for all of us is a plus in my eyes.
Fashion Budget $450- $1000+
Capitol – Location: 4010 Sharon rd., Charlotte, NC, 28211
The quintessential high end fashion boutique,Capitol, requires you ring a doorbell to be allowed into this otherwise locked establishment.
Understandably, majority of their merchandise costs climb from $1000 past $3000 with brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs and Gucci among others.
If you are on a budget, you’ll be better off waiting until the end of each sale period Capitol gives twice a year.
Solid salmon colored drapery seemed to spill from the high dressing room ceiling. Quality fabrics don’t lie, when i put this Carolina Herrera dress on, I felt like a million dollars. In a quick glance of myself in their full wall mirror, the word luxurious came to mind.
Two younger employees hovered around us with elevator eyes (maybe they just liked our outfits?) and a parade of questions. However, experiencing the feel of this dress on my body with the backdrop of a dressing room fit for the Queen of England made the visit worthwhile!
We have an appreciation for beauty, what can I say? Apache loves the botanical wall in Capitol’s courtyard which i missed because i was too busy scanning the merchandise. If you go, make sure not to miss it.
Capitol stimulated my imagination, faint fantasies of shopping without a budget gently swirled around my subconscious receptors that evening-sweet dreams!
Check out our IG TV of this day here.