Nothing to wear? Not for long. Browse this guide to more than 50 independent, locally owned Denver women’s boutiques and you’ll be sure to find a little something to fit your style and budget.
I’ve heard it more than once…heck, I’ve thought it more than once: I’d love to shop somewhere other than Gap, Nordstrom, Macy’s, fill-in-your-default-mall-store, but I’m not sure where else to go.
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with shopping at those stores. And I’m certainly not saying I never shop at those stores. They can be quite good for wardrobe staples or a bargain. But, when I want to know no one else will show up wearing the same thing or I’m looking for a unique gift, or even when I just want the entertainment of a fun shopping excursion, I like to go local.
Yet even then I sometimes struggle with where to go outside my usual Tennyson Street/Highland Square loop. So, I started seeking out boutiques I’d never been to before, and, let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found…53 (yes, 53!) independent, locally owned Denver women’s boutiques. You could shop a new one every week and still have one left at the end of the year! From sophisticated sartorialist to trendy fashionista to Colorado casual, there’s a boutique for every style and budget.
So from my recent shopping adventures comes this guide…from Cherry Creek North to South Broadway to Highlands and all the neighborhoods in between, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about Denver women’s boutiques.
Cherry Creek North:
Step away from the shopping mall. With just a few more steps, you’ll enjoy a much more unique shopping experience out in the fresh air of Cherry Creek North. Other shops to check out: Spinster Sisters, The Artisan Center, Show of Hands. Where to eat: Marg’s Taco Bistro, The Cherry Cricket.
A Line Boutique, 2445 East 3rd Avenue, Denver
It’s not just celebs that have personal stylists. Fans of this shop rave not only about the personalized customer service (yes, that is basically an in-store bar you see in the photo below) but also the professional stylists on staff. The clothing somehow feels current but not overly trendy, classic yet still fresh. Sister store in Greenwood Village.
Garbarini, 239 Detroit Street, Denver
This long-time Denver staple highlighting top designers is not just a boutique…the staff is focused on styling you rather than selling to you, so that you leave the store feeling like you shopped with your fashion-conscious best friend.
Inspyre Boutique, 171 Detroit Street, Denver
This cute women’s clothing boutique carries a mix of of-the-moment items and modern classics as well as small gifts like hand-crafted jewelry, bags, candles and other fun accessories. But, the best part? Nothing in the store is over $100. Sister stores in Berkeley (Tennyson Street), Littleton and Lone Tree.
MAX, 264 Detroit Street, Denver
Originally opened in Denver’s Larimer Square in the eighties, this upscale clothing boutique relocated to Cherry Creek and opened locations in Aspen and Boulder. Clothing lines feature high-end designers, and are sophisticated, elegant and timeless.
Perch, 2606 E. 3rd Avenue, Denver
First opened in Vail, Perch has expanded with a Cherry Creek store (and recently a Nantucket location for East Coasters). The store locations give you an indication of the styles…think chic but casual wear for the mountains, beach and our low-key city with everyday wardrobe staples mixed in with the latest fashions. They even offer a “Curate Program,” where they’ll hand-select 10 pieces for $10 for you to shop from the comfort of your home.
Rags Consignment, 201 University Boulevard, Denver
For the budget-minded shopper, Rags Consignment carries an extensive selection of women’s clothing and accessories, all stylishly displayed on easy-to-search racks.
SOL, 3010 E. Sixth Avenue, Denver
Okay, so SOL (Store of Lingerie) is no longer actually located in Cherry Creek North, but it is still close and, depending on the direction you’re coming from, might even be a stop you make on your way. It is definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re in need of a little indulgence. There’s nothing like leaving a store with some fancy new lingerie and luxurious pjs to make you feel spoiled. I was gifted these pajamas for my birthday and I wish I could pull off wearing them all day! (Sadly my husband says I should not.)
Stitch Boutique, 2636 E. Third Avenue, Denver
With a frequent influx of merchandise (new arrivals daily), each trip to this hip little boutique can feel like a new shopping experience, and the prices are reasonable. And, if you can’t make it to the store, you can follow them on Instagram for their current inventory and order by phone. Sister store in Berkeley.
Big-box stores may dominate Denver Pavilions and 16th Street Mall, but LoDo’s Union Station and historic Larimer Square are largely filled with independent boutiques. Other shops to check out: Bloom, Moda Man, Topo Designs. Where to eat: Bubu, Rioja, Osteria Marco.
Blush, 1411 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
Blush has a trendy, yet low-key vibe. The formula seems to be one of not trying too hard…a comfortable, easy stylishness. But that ease can come with a hefty price tag. You’ll find designers like Citizens of Humanity, Sanctuary and Velvet here.
Cry Baby Ranch, 1419 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
This one’s definitely not your typical clothing boutique. Opened in 1989 as a pop-up shop, Cry Baby Ranch is a modern Western wear shop for those who wear their cowboy boots with a little flair.
Eve, 1413 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
You’ll find fun and funky wear for the trendy fashionista at this women’s clothing boutique. Fans of Eve rave about owner Sabine’s selection and ability to help you find the perfect item to suit you. Clothing only goes up to size 8 but the collection also includes shoes, purses, jewelry and hats.
Hailee Grace, 1421 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
Launched by two CU grads, Hailee Grace is a women’s boutique that promises “chic, effortless and affordable” wardrobe staples. (I’m coveting this Perfect Pocket Tee.)
Frinje, 1408 Larimer Street (Larimer Square), Denver
This Colorado women’s boutique has sister locations in Beaver Creek and Vail, and carries beloved brands like Michael Stars and TOMS.
What used to be a quaint but somewhat lacking business district has exploded in recent years into a mecca of boutiques, bookstores and destination restaurants on Berkeley’s Tennyson Street. Other shops to check out: BookBar, Jolly Goods. Where to eat: El Chingon, Biju’s Little Curry Shop, Mas Kaos, Brazen.
Billie Boutique, 4162 Tennyson Street, Denver
A darling little space of a women’s boutique selling trendy clothes and accessories which I’d describe as upscale bohemian.
Clotheshorse, 4232 Tennyson Street, Denver
Just around the corner from my house, this little shop has been my go-to since it opened. Over the years I’ve purchased a Coach purse, a high-end designer leather laptop tote, and pristine white denim capris from Clotheshorse…all for a steal. They also have a rather extensive jewelry collection.
Inspyre Boutique, 4170 Tennyson Street, Denver
This location is a bit larger than the Cherry Creek store and with that comes a larger selection of modern classics and trendier clothes as well as small gifts like hand-crafted jewelry, bags, candles and other fun accessories. And, again, nothing in the store is over $100. Sister stores in Cherry Creek North, Littleton and Lone Tree.
Kats-Eye Boutique, 4415 W. 43rd Avenue, Denver
With an eclectic mix of vintage and new clothing and accessories as well as affordable prices, this shop caters to the non-twentysomething who prefers a fun, bohemian look. Owner Kat is also a designer with her own line.
Lady Jones Boutique, 4016 Tennyson Street, Denver
One of my favorites! Lady Jones promotes their “true iconic style” with elegant, upscale staples and stellar customer service. I’ve been both the lucky recipient as well as giver of a number of gifts from this fantastic little shop. One of my all-time best finds here is the DONNI thermal scarf, which I pull out at the first sign of crisp fall weather.
SecondLove, 4325 W 41 Avenue, Denver
I’m not surprised that SecondLove gets so much online reviewer love. This little resale boutique is so artfully laid out with clothes beautifully displayed. My first visit in I was immediately drawn to a rack of lovely white and cream shirts…and how often do you want to buy white from a secondhand shop? On another visit, I was looking for jeans in my size and the owner offered to have a few shipped from their sister store for me. The next day there were 15 pairs waiting for me to try on! That’s some customer service. Sister store is located in nearby Highland Square.
Stitch Boutique, 4500 W. 38th Avenue, Denver
Although not technically on Tennyson Street, Stitch is in the shopping plaza just across 38th Street, and is definitely worth crossing the street. Sister location in Cherry Creek North. (See above for more details.)
The Yogi Exchange, 4335 W. 41st Avenue, Denver
This consignment shop is worth a peek for the serious yogi as they only carry women’s yoga and workout clothes.
The Highlands Square business district at 32nd and Lowell on the northwest side of Denver attracts neighborhood residents and visitors alike. Other shops to check out: The Perfect Petal, St. Kilian’s Cheese Shop and Market. Where to eat: Sera’s Ramen Enclave, The Matador, or Himchuli.
32nd West, 3631 West 32nd, Denver
For the outdoorsy Denver girl, or if you just want to look the part, 32nd West carries Columbia, Prana and other outdoor lifestyle clothing and outer wear as well as sunglasses, shoes, and everyday bags. The small shop caters to both men and women, so the selection isn’t vast, but it’s worth a pop in. Their original store is located in Evergreen.
Dragonfly, 3615 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
I love this little boutique because it leans more toward modern classics than overly trendy wear. Guessing they cater to the many urban professionals that live in the Highlands neighborhood. A recent visit unearthed Paige jeans, a number of cute tops from Splendid and Michael Stars, Commando underwear, and what may be the comfiest pj line ever, Eberjay.
Kismet, 3640 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This little women’s boutique has it all…fun and funky clothes, jewelry, hats, scarves, home decor, and fun novelty items. They were also voted “Best Handbags” in Westword’s Best of Denver. With additional locations in Lowry and Cherry Hills, and sister store True in The Stanley.
Ruby Jane, 3616 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
With sister boutiques in the mountains (Breck, Avon, Edwards and Steamboat Springs), Ruby Jane has a really large selection of women’s clothes and accessories, which includes a pretty solid mix of everyday essentials and trendier statement pieces. They carry Kut from the Kloth, one of my favorite brands for pants, and Free People, as well as a teeny-tiny but adorable selection of baby clothes.
Rustic Thread, 3716 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This sliver of a boutique is packed with women’s tops, sweaters, jeans, dresses and accessories that slant toward Bohemian with some classic styles thrown in. Stock includes BB Dakota, Just Black, and some deliciously cozy Wooden Ships sweaters. Sister store is in Fort Collins and you can also order online.
SecondLove, 3440 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This Highland spot is the original location with a sister consignment store in Berkeley. You’ll find a lot of gently loved designer items in fantastic condition for a steal. (See more details above under Berkeley store.)
Starlet, 3450 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
A fun little clothing, accessories and novelty items boutique for fashionistas. It’s the kind of store I’d take my much-younger-than-me, much-hipper-than-me cousins when they visit. Their sister store is located on Broadway.
Strut, 3611 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
As its name implies, Strut focuses on shoes and accessories, including Liebeskind purses and Toms sunglasses (and shoes, of course), but also carries a small yet thoughtfully curated selection of clothing in the freshest trends.
Most often praised for its bars and restaurants, LoHi also has some great little boutiques…though they tend to be spread out a bit more and require a little walking (or even driving). Other shop to check out: Lulu’s Furniture and Decor. Where to eat: Avanti F & B, Duo, Highland Tap and Burger, RootDown. Just over the bridge, Riverfront Park offers a lovely restaurant-, bar-, and boutique-lined street perfect for a shopping stroll. Other shop to check out: Armitage & McMillan, Tomte Modern Craft. Where to eat: Brider.
Common Era, 1543 Platte Street, Denver
This women’s clothing and accessory shop sells new and vintage apparel. They also carry locally made items, like Colorado’s Live Beautifully line (See why I love their Beautifying Face Butter for combatting the dry Colorado air.) Sister store located in Boulder.
Goldyn, 2040 W. 30th Avenue, Denver
On your way to brunch at Linger, pop in next door to this swanky women’s boutique carrying luxury designer brands and a jewelry collection to match. Plan to spend a bit, though. These are high-quality statement pieces to invest in.
ILY ILEY, 2525 15th Street, Denver
This self-described clothing and lifestyle boutique also offers wardrobe and personal styling services by the co-owners. The vibe here is very trendy and the shop seems to target a more youthful customer. You’ll also find fun gift and novelty items here.
Jewelius, 2405 W. 32nd Avenue, Denver
This little boutique gets a ton of local love in no small part because owner Rachel is happy to help style her customers. The clothing varies from everyday casual to professional to party dresses with, as you might expect, a ton of accessories to choose from.
Patterns & Pops, 1620 Platte Street, Denver
What started as a mobile fashion truck is now a full-fledged storefront in Riverfront Park. But, don’t worry…you can still see Patsy, the Patterns & Pops mobile fashion boutique, around town. (Check their social media for schedule.) This little shop combines fun with fashion like this lemon cooler bag or these funky socks alongside cozy sweaters.
Sous Le Lit, 1620 Platte Street, Denver
With clothing for both women and men, this shop fantastically blends trendy with elegant minimalism, so all items feel entirely wearable even in Denver’s most casual environments (which is pretty much everywhere).
At the corner of Sunnyside‘s 44th and Alcott is a new-ish little shopping center dubbed Cobbler’s Corner, featuring a handful of little shops and really good food. Other shops to check out: EcoMtn Home Store, Cheese + Provisions, SubRosa Mercantile (nearby). Where to eat: Bacon Social House, El Jefe.
Intrigue, 2436 W. 44th Avenue, Denver
Fun women’s clothing and cute home goods, including some locally made items, pack this little boutique on the northwest side.
Midnight Rambler, 2438 W. 44th Avenue, Denver
Midnight Rambler carries stylish women’s clothing with a bohemian flair. They even offer a “Boho Bride” line.
Platt Park/Wash Park
The small but quaint business district on Platt Park’s South Pearl Street may be best known for Sushi Den, but is worth a daytime shopping visit, too. Other shops to check out: 5 Green Boxes, Murder by the Book. Where to eat: Yardbird, Park Burger or Hanson’s Grill and Tavern. A short drive away, Wash Park’s South Gaylord Street is a small but lovely neighborhood business district with a handful of retail shops (and a couple more nearby on University) that you may not know about, but will be glad you do know. Other shops to check out: Two Sole Sisters, Silk Road. Where to eat: Reiver’s, Wash Park Grille.
Gracie’s Boutique, 1511 S, Pearl Street, Denver
Gracie’s offers a sophisticated, elegant collection of women’s clothing with modern lines but a classic style. A lot of options across price points and often there’s a sale rack, too.
Melrose and Madison, 1500 S. Pearl Street, Denver
This mother-and-daughter-owned boutique is a must-visit for the ultrachic Denver sartorialist. The clothes are gorgeous, but definitely investment pieces.
Paige on Pearl, 1509 S. Pearl Street, Denver
Small but lovely and well-curated collection of beautiful designer women’s clothes. I’ve found more than one item here that I thought I’d surely spring for if only grimy little toddler hands wouldn’t ruin it in no time. (Sigh.) Maybe next year.
Pink’s, 745 S. University Boulevard, Denver
Pink’s claim to fame is that they blend L.A. fashion sense with the Colorado lifestyle. The shop carries only a few items in each size so you’re not as likely to show up at that party with a fashion double, and they have new arrivals daily from L.A.
Wish Boutique, 1099 S. Gaylord Street, Denver
Some of my favorite designer labels are carried at this women’s clothing boutique: Free People, Splendid, Nic & Zoe. And, I might mention…these are some of the same labels you’ll find at Nordstrom, but you’ll get to enjoy the personalized service that boutiques are known for coupled with a more enjoyable shopping experience than the crowded mall can ever offer. Sister store W. Boutique is right down the street.
W. Boutique, 1071 S. Gaylord Street, Denver
The sister store of Wish Boutique, or perhaps “little sister” store is a better description, as the clothes here seem to sway more toward the latest trends. The shop describes its style as “East Coast/West Coast-inspired” and everything is under $100.
There’s much more to Denver’s coolest neighborhood than art galleries, microbreweries, and The Source. RiNo‘s fashion boutique scene echoes its artsy cool kid roots. Other shops to check out: Winter Session, Yes Please, MegaFauna, River North Workshop. Where to eat: Central Market, Los Chingones, Park Burger, Sushi-Rama.
Meraki Moon, 3070 Blake Street, Denver
Another fashion-truck-turned-bricks-and-mortar-shop, Meraki Moon has a bohemian flair with brands like Free People and For Love and Lemons, as well as their own designer line.
Shea, 2605 Larimer Street, Denver
This cute men’s and women’s clothing boutique carries high-end refined basics (like this cowl sweater or this cashmere sweater) that lured me in from the sidewalk as well as edgier, fashion-forward pieces.
The formerly somewhat gritty business district on South Broadway is now home to some of the best shopping in the city. Other shops to check out: Fancy Tiger Crafts, Hope Tank, True Love. (Also check out last year’s Lazy Shoppers’ Holiday Gift Guide: 1 Hour on S. Broadway.) Where to eat: Grab lunch at Karma, Thai Monkey Club or The Hornet followed by a little sugar at Sweet Action Ice Cream.
Conservatrice, 234 Broadway, Denver
A small, but fun selection of women’s clothing is tucked into this relatively new eclectic shop also filled with personal accessories, home goods, gifts, and fresh flowers.
Decade, 56 S. Broadway, Denver
I love Decade but I tend to only think of it for fun gifts and cards. But that’s a mistake because the whole back section of the store is dedicated to women’s (and men’s) clothes and accessories, including contemporary clothes (brands like Wooden Ships) and cozy lounging pjs (PJ Salvage).
Fancy Tiger Clothing, 55 Broadway, Denver
The sister store of Fancy Tiger Crafts, Fancy Tiger Clothing is definitely geared toward the sartorially-inclined hipster. (Yes, I realize that’s probably redundant.) Carrying both women’s and men’s clothing, the store’s open space and thoughtful layout makes for enjoyable browsing. They also carry many local designers as well as some fun accessories.
Relevant Goods, 250 Broadway, Denver
This women’s boutique is thoughtfully curated with a beautiful selection of apparel and accessories. They also carry a number of locally made gifts like Formulary 55.
Sewn, 18 S. Broadway, Denver
This funky little shop sells a mix of vintage and handcrafted clothing and items by local and national makers.
Starlet, 26 Broadway, Denver
A fun little clothing and accessories boutique for the hippest fashionistas. Sister store in Highland Square.
Tucked into Stapleton by all those big-box stores are a couple of local gems if you know where to look. Other shops to visit: Amore Fiori Flowers & Gifts. Where to eat: Four Friends Kitchen, Cuba Cuba Sandwiches.
Plum Consignment, 2373 Central Park Boulevard, Denver
You’ll swear this consignment shop is just another cute clothing boutique as Plum Consignment carries second-hand women’s clothing and shoes in mint condition, as well as new, unsold overstock from other clothing boutiques. They even have an online store so you can browse and order late night.
Semplice, 7487 E. 29th Place, Denver
Bohemian is the perfect word to describe the clothing at Semplice. One online reviewer compared this shop to Anthropologie “at a third of the price.”
And, don’t forget to check out Denver’s many fashion trucks! These mobile boutiques can be spotted around town (check their websites for schedules) and may just have your answer to what you’ll be wearing this weekend.
Is your favorite Denver women’s boutique not on this list? Please share! I’d love to know.