Guest article by Dawn Sarnecky
Every Austinite knows that dressing appropriately for the Texas weather is an absolutely necessary task each day. The trick is to be comfortable as the beads of sweat drip down during summer and to be cozy during the winter (a.k.a. fall?). If you to dress like an Austin local with wardrobe pieces no one else will have, skip the mall action and check out these local stores.
Tip of the Brim at Hatbox
If you are looking to cover your dome from the severe sun with style, then look no further than
Hatbox: A Modern Haberdashery (1708 S Congress Avenue). Founder Lauri Turner has taken her vision and love for hats to make pure magic. You can find anything from newsboy caps to fedoras to cowboy hats.
Whatever your hat style, this place will surely have something to fit your unique personality. Just by trying on a few of these hats, you will see the quality with which they are made. Throw on a scarf or a pair of gloves as an added bonus.
Cozy Tees & Trinkets at Parts & Labour
Brag about how amazing Austin really is without using any words by wearing one of the comfy t-shirts or tanks from Parts & Labour (1117 S Congress Avenue). This store is by far one of my favorites for tees because, not only are they incredibly soft, they also have cool slogans and designs about Austin on them. There’s nothing like putting on a baby soft tee with a pair of jeans.
Everything in the store, such as necklaces, earrings and dresses, comes from local artisans. BIG PLUS! You can be sure to stand out from the crowd with their stock of one of a kind jewelry. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, pick up a set of drink coasters with pictures of iconic Austin landmarks on them, some magnets or a cool poster.
The Hands of Time Spin at Second Time Around
Attention: to give your closet a little facelift with a few designer pieces at a fraction of the cost, check out Second Time Around (5100 Burnet Road). They are a boutique consignment store for the ultimate fashion lover. They sell all of the well known designers like Gucci, Prada and Chanel, but for much more reasonable prices than the runway.
I’m telling you, this place is a hidden gem. I go here for all of my accessories and purses because you can get a steal on them! If you want to up your wardrobe ante, give this place a shot. The style gods and your wallet will thank you.
Gettin’ Earthy With It at Whole Earth Provision
Without a doubt, there are a plethora of activities to tackle in Austin. Head over to Whole Earth Provision Company (locations at 1014 N Lamar, 2410 San Antonio and 4477 S Lamar) to get your hands on outdoor oriented gifts and gear.
Originally founded in Austin about a block away from The University of Texas, it has grown exponentially over the years. At first, Whole Earth Provision mainly sold how-to and travel books, lightweight camping equipment and massage oils. Today, you can find anything from outdoor gear to sturdy hiking boots to birdfeeders. If you are looking to beef up your kayak or backpack attire, Whole Earth Provision Company is your one stop shop. Not only are they local, but they are enthusiastic about the preservation of our planet.
Treat Yo’ Self
I know you can buy almost anything online these days, but I feel like that takes the fun out of the whole shopping experience. If you want to see some up close and personal style and accessories for your fashion taste buds, than look no further than SoLa (2005 S Lamar). Not only do they put together the greatest outfits, they have FREE personal stylists! And let’s be honest…who couldn’t use that from time to time?
SoLa was voted Best of Austin by the Austin Chronicle this year for their clothing and accessories and, I have to say, I couldn’t agree more. When I come in to shop here, I truly feel like it is an Austin original. You just get that vibe. I have so many pieces from here that really define my personality and style. Thank you SoLa for coming into my life and brightening up my closet!
Dressing like an Austinite doesn’t take much effort, especially with the help of these local shops. After all, we are an eclectic bunch of folks who live here…and that’s what makes Austin unique. Have fun with your new threads, wherever they may come from!
Hailing from the arctic tundra that is Michigan, Dawn Sarnecky moved to the ATX three years ago and has been in love with it ever since. She is passionate about animals, music and supporting all things local. In her words, “It has been amazing to watch this city grow and I look forward to what the future has in store.”
What are your go-to local businesses for style?
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