Providence, Rhode Island has big city style in a compact, picturesque package. If you aren’t up to battling the Boston crowds to round out your fall and winter wardrobe, try one of these stylish, Providence boutiques instead.
1. The Vault Collective, 235 Westminster Street
Their website proclaims that The Vault Collective is “10 local vintage boutiques in one huge collective.” Perfect for those who like to rock one-of-a-kind timeless pieces rather than trendy shopping mall finds.
2. RISD Works, 20 North Main Street
The museum store of one of the best fashion and design colleges in the country sits just a few blocks from the RISD campus. Among the books, jewelry, home goods and prints you will find clothing pieces created by students, alumni and staff of the design school. The items featured in the store depend on what is currently on display at the museum, so finding that amazing dress or top is hit or miss.
3. Queen of Hearts, 222 Westminster Street
Featuring trendy, boutique brands like Free People, BB Dakota, Jack, Mink Pink, Dear Creatures, Tulle and Pretty Snake, Queen of Hearts is where Providence’s best dressed go to find that perfect, showstopper outfit. Shop owner, Karen Beebe has her own line “Lucille” and runs the Queen of Hearts blog where she personally models some of the shops cutest styles.
4. Modern Love, 220 Westminster Street
The “Little Sister” to Queen of Hearts sits right next door and features the latest trends in shoes, jewelry and accessories from local Providence designers and all over the world.
5. Clover, 233 Westminster Street
Clover is perfect for the modern gal who prefers simple, fashion-forward and extremely well-made wardrobe staples from brands like Oak, Won Hundred, and Pam & Gela. Clover’s minimalist, industrial style will make you feel like you’re in a New York city boutique.
6. Talulah Cooper, 5 Traverse Street
Located in one of Providence’s antique soapbox buildings, Talulah Cooper is a jewelry lover’s fantasy. Packed with unique statement pieces you certainly won’t find at the mall, this shop features local New England designers as well as international pieces chosen by shop owner, Haylee Tallarida during her travels.
7. Shoppe Pioneer, 253 South Main Street
The website describes Shoppe Pioneer as “a fashion and lifestyle boutique featuring indie designers, contemporary fashion and hand picked vintage.” Owner Natalie Morello is a former New York city fashion marketing agent who has combined her experiences and personal tastes into a one-of-a-kind clothing and accessory shop.
8. NAVA, 197 Wickenden Street
NAVA is more than just clothes – they also offer unique home decor and vintage gifts. They carry brands like Kinfolk, Herbivore and Sugarcube Press as well as deadstock pieces that have been altered and modernized to suit current trends.