What better way to celebrate the holidays than decking yourself out in the trendiest fashions and accessories? Forget the department stores this year and stay away from the malls by traveling to specialty shops and boutiques that bring Hollywood styles to Minnesota. Let’s face it, the holidays are more fun when you look fabulous.
5014 France Ave.
Edina, MN 55410
A women’s fashion boutique located at 50th and France, Bumbershute carries all the trendy accessories and apparel from top designers. This retail store was started in Minnesota as a way to bring high fashion typically only found in Los Angeles or New York to Minnesotans. The retail associates at Bumbershute are more than willing to help outfit and accessorize you for a holiday bash or just purchase the best gift ever. While the merchandise is pricey, you can be sure to find the best designer fashion in Minnesota at the Bumbershute.
618 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
A sister location to the original Primp in St. Paul, the West End Primp offers women’s fashion and accessories hand selected from around the globe. The goal of Primp is to keep each item under $100 in order to make everything affordable to the average woman. The selection is outstanding, Primp has apparel for all sizes, purses, sunglasses, jewelry and any other piece of bling you may need to complete an outfit. The sales staff also prides itself on being helpful for those wanting to look their best, those buying gifts and those with a specific budget.
Twill By Scott Dayton
Edina, MN 55435
While many fashion boutiques cater only to women, Twill by Scott Dayton is a fashion retailer exclusively for men. Located in the upscale Galleria, Twill offers a large selection of casual and formal styles for men, along with outerwear, active wear and any other wear a man would need. Custom fittings and help with style are available by the knowledgeable staff. Twill also contains all of the accessories that go with a fashionable male look, including shoes, belts, neckties, gloves and hats. While the merchandise may be spendy, the one-stop shop saves time for the fashion-conscious male.
Nu Look Consignment
4956 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Support sustainability by shopping consignment. At Nu Look, there are fashions and accessories for the entire family, pregnant mother included. What started as a store that would bring high-priced maternity wear to those not willing to pay full price has become a large selection of apparel for all ages. Consign your own styles at Nu Look or just shop for the latest styles at reasonable prices. Gently used shoes, purses, jewelry, belts and other accessories are available as well.
4320 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Opitz Outlet has been a local favorite for years. Located on Excelsior Boulevard, Opitz is like a giant flea market of clothing and accessories. Men’s and women’s designer brands can be purchased for up to 80 perent off and some items are even cheaper. Opitz accumulates overstock fashions and sells them at discounted prices. Take the time to browse its sister store, the Annex, located right next door with even bigger discounts. The Annex stocks slightly flawed merchandise that is still amazing.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.