I just checked out the 10-day forecast, and it calls for beautiful days ahead. So I purged my winter wardrobe—no not threw away, but stored until next year. I love the feeling of bringing out the summer dresses, lightweight fabrics and open-toe sandals. Hello, sunshine!
I plan on updating my warm-weather wardrobe, and Corona del Mar has some of the top boutiques in Orange County to shop for the latest and greatest fashions. The service at these boutiques is top-notch and personalized, which is why they are known around Southern California.
What is great about both these boutiques is that they cater to the busy, modern working girl. Their marketing is done through Facebook, so on any given day you can see what new merchandise just arrived and what are the latest trends. If you see something you like, just make a phone call or leave a comment and they will put the item on hold.
: A modern boutique that specializes in the latest fashions, and also has a timeless quality that can withstand all the trends. Most everything in the store, whether it be apparel, accessories or home items is less than $100 each. Owner , who graduated from fashion school, knows how to dress you from head to toe and makes you feel comfortable and confident. Her merchandise is put on Harper's Facebook page the minute she gets it in.
The Boutique: Concrete flooring with zebra wood floating shelves make this boutique a cool and stylish place to shop. There is mostly women's apparel, but Harper's also has a gifts/home collection in the back of the boutique and a small children's section.
Brands carried: Ella Moss, Splendid, Rachel Pally, Goldsign, C&C, Alternative Apparel, Vitamin A, LA Made, Tylie Malibu handbags, Cynthia Vincent shoes, Havaianas shoes, Dolce Vita shoes, Kai perfume, Illume candles and Votivo candles.
Current Trends: Skinny cargo jeggings, halter maxi dresses, strapless maxi dresses, tie-dye tanks and color-block chiffon tops.
Westerly Boutique - High-end fashion is alive and well in this boutique in Corona del Mar. You don't have to travel to Neiman Marcus to find all the hottest designers. Westerly carries Alexander Wang, Elizabeth and James, J Brand, Current/Elliot, and more of up and coming designers. Owner Lindsey Garland worked at a Los Angeles boutique as a stylist and buyer. Her clients included A-list celebrities she would style for premieres and red-carpet events. She opened Westerly in 2008 with the idea that she would bring new, hard-to-find designers to Orange County. She is an Orange County native and is at the store to style and show you how to wear the latest trends. The store also produces video segments that you can view on its Facebook page called Westerly TV—short video clips of fashion tips and latest trends. The staffers are denim experts and will help you find the most flattering jean for your body.
The Boutique: When I walked into Westerly for the first time, I was immediately transported back to L.A. The store has a very cool yet relaxed vibe. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The layout is very accessible, not cluttered, and very easy to shop. Westerly carries women's apparel, including swimwear and jeans, and jewelry and other accessories.
Brands carried: Alexander Wang, Vena Cava, Opening Ceremony, Madison Marcus, Stone Cold Fox, Gemma, Kova & T, Elizabeth and James, Citizens of Humanity, Aphrodite, Private Art Lingerie and Mary Lou's Vintage Couture.
Current Trends: White denim, crop pants, bell-bottoms, high-waisted flare pants, caftans, denim shorts, maxi dresses, spring scarves, hair jewelry and Birkin canvas totes.