The Twin Cities offer us a plethora of places to shop, and you’ve probably got your favorite spots all mapped out according to your personal style. But why not break out of the box? Like the old song says: “Make new friends, but keep the old.” Pair your personal style with one of these local shops and see what kind of wardrobe magic you can make.
If your style is...
Chic and modern
You’re probably already shopping at NE/Edina boutique Parc for simple, well-cut pieces in modern, easy shapes, but have you visited St. Paul’s Idun boutique? We’ve talked about Idun before, but we’re so won over by their entire aesthetic that we can’t help it. The clothes aren’t cheap, but they’re the kind of pieces you’ll grab again and again; get used to people stopping you to ask where you found that perfect black jumpsuit or those too-cool flats.
495 Selby Ave., St. Paul
We don’t have a Zara outpost yet (just wait a few months!) so satisfy your Euro-inspired fashion craving at Kisa. Their pieces are unique enough to stand out from the mall crowd and sold in small batches so you’re not likely to show up at your BFF’s wedding in the same dress as her cousin.
Downtown Minneapolis and Ridgedale Center
A little bit country
Have you been to the Galleria’s Sundance location yet? What are you waiting for? Robert Redford’s catalog-turned-brick-and-mortar store is so gorgeous that you’ll want to visit solely to coo over the hardwood floors and Southwestern-inspired rugs and decor. They also carry plenty of cowgirl boots from Frye and Old Gringo, as well as tons of pretty silver jewelry and the prerequisite turquoise. It’s a store that you and your mom can bond over.
3335 Galleria, Edina
St. Paul’s Lula has been a vintage mainstay for over 20 years. It’s a true treasure, and if you love to mix vintage pieces with your basics, get thee to Lula! Owner Hayley has a preternatural talent for grabbing the exact thing you’ve been looking for, whether that’s a pastel pencil skirt or a cocktail dress. She’s an expert in all decades of vintage, so let her fill your fitting room. You might be surprised at what you find.
1587 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Upscale fancy lady
Northeast designer resale store Mona Williams recently opened a Mall of America location, and it’s one of the best places in Minneapolis to get your hands on some very luxe Chanel pieces for way less than retail. Trust us: There’s nothing quite like the rush of slipping your feet into your first pair of Chanel flats. If your tastes run more toward high heels and cocktail dresses, Mona Williams is there for you. There’s no such thing as being overdressed, right?
132 West Market, Mall of America
OK, we had to include Dog Threads on this list solely because it’s so darn cute. It’s the sister site of Shop Velvet Moon/Gina Marie Vintage, but these little separates are for your dog, not for you! You want your canine companion to look as good as you do when you’re strolling around Loring Park, don’t you?