Lookin’ Good, Ladies: Four Newish Places to Shop In Memphis
The other day I met a friend for drinks, and at some point realized I was wearing old jeans and a black tank top I bought in the kids' section on sale about eight years ago. This, plus my constant struggle to figure out what to wear, led me to realize I should probably update my wardrobe a little.
I went on a hunt for something a little more stylish (or at least something with a little color). Luckily, several new ladies' boutiques have opened in Memphis in the last several months. Here are just a few.
The Attic is in Overton Square, right between Bar Louie and Babalu; its sister shop is The Ivory Closet in Harbor Town. In the shop, I saw plenty of bright, happy colors and lots of trendy patterns (floral, tribal, geometric) in the form of breezy tops, shorts and skirts, and a few pants and dresses. The Attic also carries shoes, accessories, fragrances, and men's clothing.
The Attic is open Mon. – Wed. from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thu. – Sat. from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sun. from noon – 6 p.m. Prices average $30 – $70. They carry sizes 0-16 in pants/dresses and S-2XL in tops. Instagram: @theatticapparel
Olio Collection is like a vintage clothing and accessories Etsy store, except you can peruse and try on all the pretty things in person. This is probably because that's exactly what it is. The thrift-store style boutique on Broad Avenue has one-of-a-kind real vintage (read: actual old stuff) dresses, tops, and skirts and tons of accessories, especially clutches and earrings.
Olio Collection in Found Studio is open Wed. – Sat. from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. or by appt. Prices seem to hover between $20-$40, and sizes vary, but are generally S, M, L. Instagram: @foundmemphis or @oliocollection.
Ed. Note: Found Studio and Olio Collection are having a fashion show fundraiser this Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. to benefit WAR (Wilson Animal Rescue). There will be puppies.
From the lady who brought you Crazy Beautiful (which is temporarly closed and might be moving to Overton Square, fyi) comes Red Velvet Vintage, a mix of actual vintage clothes and newly-made vintage-inspired clothes. There are oodles of cute patterned dresses, plus some separates, swimsuits, shoes, and jewelry. If you buy something, you get a free red velvet cake pop or cupcake, of course.
Red Velvet Vintage is open Mon. – Sat. from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sun. from noon – 5 p.m. Prices vary, but for new dresses they range from $70 – $170+, swimsuits are about $50, and jewelry in the $20 – $30 area. Sizes are S, M, L, with a few XL. Instagram: @redvelvetvintage.
Peridot opened near the corner of Cooper and Young recently, right next to Strano. This boutique, which is bigger than you might think from the outside, has a mix of locally-designed pieces like Thigh High Jeans and Makowsky Millinery hats, plus national designer brands. Peridot also has accessories and fragrances, and will have rotating local art. Right now it's Tom Foster.
Peridot is open Tue. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoons. Sizes run S, M, L. Instagram: @peridotmemphis
All of the stores I have listed here have active Instagram accounts. They post new stuff, outfit ideas, and one-of-a-kind items you might want to rush to go buy before they sell out.
There are a ton of other established boutiques for ladies' clothes in Memphis. Check out my posts on Flashback, Crazy Beautiful, Lanksy 126, Hoot & Louise, Henny Penny Mobile Boutique, Madewell, and K'PreSha, and for the dudes: Lansky and Baer's Den. Where do you shop for clothes?