Forty Five Ten
Hot Item: Anything and everything leather
Fashion aficionados flock here for the ahead-of-the-curve looks culled from the runways of Paris, Milan, and New York. When reinvention calls, any of the multicolored prints from Marni, diaphanous layered skirts by Rick Owens, or embroidered blouses by Dries Van Noten can take your look from boring to beyond belief. Peruse the carefully curated selection of artisan jewelry and sky-high stilettos to complete your envy-inducing ensemble. Another part of the store is dedicated to housewares and coffee table books, so your house can look just as stylish as you do. If you work up an appetite, have lunch in the T Room (214-559-2332), the chic set’s watering hole of choice. After you refuel, you’ll find that you have a few more hours of shopping left in you. 4510 McKinney Ave., 214-559-4510 or fortyfiveten.com. Open Mon—Sat 10—6. Closed Sun.
Hot Item: VBH handbags
Dallas’s premier family-owned specialty store, which has been open since 1985, prides itself on a level of customer service that isn’t found at the national chains. Men can buy off-the-rack suits from Kiton, Belvest, and Isaia and have them fitted in-store and returned in one week. Women who are triple-booked on the charity circuit have their pick of gala- and luncheon-ready gowns from Thakoon, Brunello Cucinelli, and Giambattista Valli. Need something less dressy? Head across the courtyard to the Shak, a boutique filled with the fashions of local designers and featuring on-trend denim, T-shirts, and casual jackets and dresses. And, as if you needed one more reason to go, the store is located in the still-glamorous Crescent Court. 500 Crescent Court, 214-871-3600 or stanleykorshak.com. Open Mon—Sat 10—6. Closed Sun.
Hot Item: Boyfriend shirts by Steven Alan
You have to drive slowly down Lovers Lane to spot this easy-to-miss, unmarked boutique (hint: ignore the car honking at you and look for the lavender door). But once you discover the superfriendly staff, who treat shoppers like long-lost girlfriends, Cabana will permanently be on your list of favorites. The cool beach shack vibe—think white-washed floors, chairs reminiscent of sea shells, and accessories displayed around starfish—is the perfect backdrop for the casual, summery lines that easily transition to landlocked cities. Well-priced cashmere sweaters can be worn as luxe swimsuit cover-ups or with skinny denim, and Koch carryalls in ostrich are best-sellers. And with employees who have never met a sippy cup they couldn’t handle, you can take the time to browse all you want. Make sure to sign up for owner Merry Vose’s frequent e-mails, in which she tells her “Cabana girls” what’s on the racks. How’s that for star treatment? 4711 W. Lovers Ln., 214-674-9928. Open Mon, Wed, & Fri 9—noon and by appointment. Closed Sun-, Tue, Thur, & Sat.
Hot Item: Leopard-print rabbit-fur coat by Isabel Marant
Former Dallas Morning News fashion editor Jackie Bolin and seasoned women’s buyer Liz Thompson joined their friend Elizabeth O’Mahony to open a style insider’s paradise, which they filled with hard-to-find lines. A number of exclusives can be had, from ultrafeminine blouses from Anne Valerie Hash, architectural frocks by Zero + Maria Cornejo, and easy-to-wear Isabel Marant. The shopping experience is all the better since the owners have a running list of client faves and keep their customers informed when must-have shipments hit the store. 2418 Victory Park Ln., 214-754-0644 or vodboutique.com. Open Mon—Sat 11—7, Sun noon—5.
Kacky and Carl
Hot Item: Two-tone ruffle-front dresses by Wink
A sunny, girlie ambience pervades this boutique, where the clothing is for sale—and so is the furniture. The front room’s shabby-chic table is yours for the right price ($995), along with the pieces of jewelry that adorn it. A cabinet holding flirty underpinnings is ready to take home, as are the undies and bras occupying its shelves. Pleasantly priced and pretty separates and feminine dresses abound, and the owners are spot-on when it comes to rounding out the merchandise with a mix of current trends and classic silhouettes. 2722 Routh, 214-295-4486 or kackyandcarl.com. Open Mon—Fri 11—6, Sat 11—5. Closed Sun.
Hot Item: Loeffler Randall boots
This used to be a one-stop shop for the entire family, but even though Merge no longer carries menswear, it remains replete with irresistible labels from established and newer designers. Women can toughen up feminine dresses with buttery-soft leather jackets from Mike & Chris. The under-ten set can choose from comfy tees by Splendid. 5959 Royal Ln., Ste. 624; 214-987-1606 or shopmerge.com. Open Mon—Sat 10—6. Closed Sun.
Hot Item: Elizabeth and James equestrian-inspired jackets paired with over-the-knee boots by Dolce Vita
Situated on the busy two-lane strip of Lovers Lane connecting Highland Park to University Park, Connie Sigel’s clothing mecca is worth every minute you may sit in traffic to get here (tip: steer clear of this street during carpool hours). Original head-to-toe outfits can be pulled together in a flash with the low-key but helpful staff. Look impossibly thin with J Brand skinnies, which you’ll find stacked on an overflowing table of denim. Be effortlessly downtown cool with Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. Other highlights are loose blouses from Tucker and burnished gold bangles from Elizabeth Cole. 4400 Lovers Ln., 214-987-0837 or elementsclothing.com. Open Mon—Sat 10—6. Closed Sun .
Hot Item: Alaïa leather trench coat
Thanks to owner Kerry Bonnell’s refined eye—she was, after all, a stylist’s assistant in New York while she managed vintage superstore Resurrection—everything in this house-turned-vintage-clothing-boutique is just as relevant today as it was when it was first produced. Bonnell picks pieces from the sixties to the nineties, and they’re all in near-flawless condition (many are, in fact, “dead stock,” which means they have never been worn). When we stopped in, we spied a below-the-knee Yves Saint Laurent seventies trench, a black Issey Miyake jumpsuit, and a Guy Laroche orange-and-black-plaid coat. 2912 Maple Ave., 214-999-8921 or archivevintage.com. Open Tue—Sat 11—6, Sun 1—5. Closed Mon.
Hot Item: Balmain boots