5 Best Boutiques in Manhattan
By Erik Neilson
, last updated August 31, 2011
When it comes to choosing a place to shop at in New York City, Manhattan offers a wide variety of options. There are enough boutique stores located in Manhattan that even the most experienced of shoppers will find the amount of options to be overwhelming. Many of these boutiques sell some of the highest quality fashion items on the market, and are well-suited to the lifestyles of those who care about their appearance. The following are considered by many people to be the 5 best boutiques in Manhattan.
For those who are interested in the so-called New York "hipster" style, Manhattan’s Oak is the perfect destination. At Oak, skinny jeans and tight-fitting designer shirts are the norm, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better boutique for this famous "New York" look. Oak may not be the cheapest solution in Manhattan, but the hefty price tags that many of their items hold come with some of the best quality design you’ll find in the area, making it just a little less painful to shell out the extra money.
Darling is a boutique run by Ann French Emonts, a designer with a background in creating Broadway costumes. As one might expect, Darling sells over-the-top clothing for true fashionistas. Stepping into the shop for the first time, one should expect to find some of the best designer dresses and lingerie pieces in the city, many of which come with price tags that are fairly reasonable given the high quality. Stop into Darling on a Thursday night, and you’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne to enjoy the extended hours with.
If shoes are your thing, you’ll be in seventh heaven at Dolce Vita. Known by locals as being the one boutique that constantly strives to keep up on recent trends in women’s shoes, each stop into Dolce Vita is a unique experience. Many of the shoes sold at Dolce Vita are actually extremely reasonable given their quality, making it ideal for those who want to get the “designer experience” but must also stick to a budget. As well as footwear, Dolce Vita sells other items, such as floral dresses and designer tops.
Steven Alan Annex
When it comes to both men and women’s fashion, Steven Alan knows what’s going on. His annex shop features some of the highest quality men’s formalwear in the city, as well as some of the best patterned dresses on the market. In addition to his own clothing, you’ll find a wide variety of high-quality designer clothing brands at the annex, making it an ideal stop for anyone who wants to get a cohesive Manhattan shopping experience at a single retail location.
Erica Weiner’s boutique is an ideal stop for anyone who is looking for the best in feminine accessories. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more can be purchased for extremely low prices, making it a great stop for budget fashionistas. Weiner also has a deep commitment to the environment, so customers can rest easy knowing that her shop is eco-friendly!