You don’t want to shop at the same chain stores every time you travel, but when you don’t know your locale well, you could easily miss out on some extraordinary fashion finds. And in Miami, where the boutiques rule, you’ll definietly want the inside track on the best places to shop outside the mall. Here are three can’t-miss Miami boutiques where you’ll find the best designer clothes, funky beach accessories, and those rare vintage items you won’t see anywhere else.
For Designer Clothes: The Webster
The Webster Miami is one of the most glamorous clothing boutiques in the world, and it happens to be conveniently located in the heart of Miami Beach. French-born founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil curates her contemporary collection with a careful eye on what’s trendy, and for the staples that every fashionistas must own. Enter the airy, pastel-painted historic art deco building, passing through the high-ceilinged lobby, directly to the first floor, where you’ll find the hippest t-shirts, contemporary denim, and luxury sportswear from top designers. Grab an Araks “Eli” Bandeau top for lounging by the pool, or a Band of Outsiders ladybug sweater for a cooler night. If you’re looking for the perfect Stella McCartney oversized sunglasses, head to the second floor, where you’ll also discover magnificent shoes, bags, and other Miami-ready grabs, like a Julien David embroidered jacket. The third floor is reserved for pop-up fashion shows or other special events, if you’re lucky enough to score an invite. And after a long morning of trying on luxury wares, head back to the lobby café to rejunvenate over delicate French pastries and Champagne.
For Funky Beach Accessories: The Shop at the Standard
When you’re looking to splurge on some beach accessories you’ll be proud to take home, skip the kitschy souvenir shops. Instead, head to The Shop at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach, which sells fedoras, board shorts, art books, and bronzer, in addition to exclusive collaborations with noteworthy designers. As you breeze around the bright, turquoise shop, one item you won’t want to pass up is the Jasper Johns beach towel. The juxtaposition of an everyday item with color-blocked fine art designed by Johns—the contemporary American painter revered for his work depicting flags, targets, and maps—is stunning. As you get out of the water and wrap yourself with a modern art masterpiece, you’ll be the envy of all of Miami Beach. Plus, revenues from sales from the towels go to support public art projects around the country.
For High-End Vintage: C. Madeleine’s
Ready for a fashion time warp? Head to C. Madeleine’s, the vintage boutique that’s bursting at seams with upscale items like jumpsuits, furs, clutches, and brooches from decades passed. Hidden gems are buried everywhere within the store’s racks just waiting for you to dig them up. It doesn’t take much browsing to find a ’50s Tulle evening gown, the perfect Missoni knit sweater from the ’70s, or a glorious Jean Paul Gaultier cropped vest that will bring you straight back to the ’90s. Everything you find at C. Madeleine’s is from designer labels—these are the kinds of items you’d spend weeks trying to hunt down online, all located within one of the most fabulous Miami boutiques. There’s also an added bonus: here, you get to try these pristine artifacts on, and discover that some looks are timeless.