Fall Fashion Guide: Local Shopping Destinations to Suit Your Style

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The leaves are changing and nights are getting cooler. That means it’s Shop Girl’s favorite time of year: Wardrobe Replenishment Season. Fall shopping is a simple process. Step one – Send all sundresses to the cleaners before packing them away until next spring. Step two – Survey all those empty hangers. Step three – Grab wallet and get thee to a boutique. It’s time to shop. But not all shopping is created equal – and not all tastes are the same. Make the most of your time – and money – with our handy guide. See which fashion profile fits you and find the shops in Baltimore to satisfy your sense of style.

The Fashionista

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.
Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Her Day: At MEGABarre class

On her calendar: Meeting with her interior designer

Favorite Outfit: Changes every day (and always involves the latest look in jeans!) – but it’s never boring

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer sweater

Style Icon: Aerin Lauder

Where to Shop:

Alice Jane 1407 Clarkview Road #500; 410-296-2233; www.alicejanejewelry.com

Alice Jane’s ever-changing collection includes everything from trendy denim and leather leggings to downtown-friendly accessories.

Jean Pool 92 Village Square, Cross Keys; (410) 466-1177

Only best-selling jeans sold here. We’re talking AG, JBrand, Citizens and more.

JG Sassy 7701 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-321-8100; www.jgsassy.com

JG Sassy’s collection is “classic with a smack of attitude” – accessible designer goods that won’t go out of style in a year.

Panache 10751 Falls Road #103, Green Spring Station; 410-321-0110; www.youvegotpanache.com

The name says it all – Panache is all about the sophisticated side of fashion.

South Moon Under Multiple locations including 815 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East (410-685-7820) and 822 Kenilworth Drive, Kenilworth Mall (410-337-7484); www.southmoondunder.com

From bikinis to maxi-dresses, this grown-up surf shop is perfect for fashion followers on the younger side.

The Preppy Mom

Photo via diaryofapreppymom.com
Photo via diaryofapreppymom.com

Starts Her Day: In the carpool line

On Her Agenda: Volunteering at school until 2 p.m., then shuttling kids to games and practices until dinner

Favorite Outfit: A colorful tunic over jeans, ballet flats

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: A tattoo

Style Icon: Kate Middleton

Where to Shop:

J. McLaughlin 7623 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-825-5485; www.jmclaughlin.com

This well-appointed shop specializes in Ivy-style classics for parties, work and home.

Liza Byrd 10435 Stevenson Road, Stevenson Village; 410-215-2525; www.lizabyrd.com

Fun tunics, kicky accessories and plenty of pink and green make Liza Byrd prep heaven.

Sassanova 805 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East; 410-244-1114; www.sassanova.com

For the prep who doesn’t mind mixing in a little edge, Sassanova covers the bases. Only shop in town that carries Calypso.

Collections 870 Kenilworth Drive, The Shops at Kenilworth; (410) 823-7973; www.collectionstowson.com

Shoes, sweaters and accessories, casual to formal.


The Ladies Who Lunch

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Her Day: At fundraiser committee meeting

On Her Agenda: Botox, Restylane, laser peel, waxing.

Favorite Outfit: Gabardine slacks (no jeans!), a cashmere sweater, an Hermes scarf

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Designer Knock-offs

Style Icon: Jackie O

Where to Shop:

Jones & Jones 84 Village Square, Cross Keys; 410-532-9645; www.jonesandjones1970.com

For Jones & Jones customers, fashion is classic but personal. Owner Florence Sokol stocks her store with items with lasting elegance – then she helps customers find the mix of clothes and accessories that best match their own personal styles.

Lori K. 10411 Stevenson Road, Stevenson Village; 410-580-0081; www.shoplorik.com

Famous for their trunk shows, Lori K. lets its discerning clientele get up close and personal with brands that are well-respected and well-made.

Ruth Shaw 68 Village Square, Cross Keys; 410-532-7886; www.ruthshawinc.com

Featuring designers known for their timeless looks, Ruth Shaw specializes in gorgeous, but understated looks with serious fashion bona fides, and it’s no wonder: Owner Ray Mitchner and his staff are long-time fashion industry pros. The only shop in Baltimore to be singled out by Harper’s Bazaar as a “fashion destination stand-out.”

Trillium 2360 West Joppa Road, Green Spring Station; 410-821-9696

Trillium customers are always chic but not afraid to experiment; they trust owner Sima Blue’s excellent eye for fashion.

The Station North Style Setter

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Day: Coffee at Spro

On Her Agenda: Finalizing her MICA thesis installation followed by an opening at The Windup Space

Favorite Outfit: Chunky shoes, a vintage t-shirt and a hat knitted by her roommate, who just launched a quirky accessories brand

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Anything monogrammed

Style Icon: Lena Dunham

Where to Shop:

Hunting Ground 3649 Falls Road, Hampden; 410-243-0789; www.shophuntingground.com

This hard to miss spot – “in the old church” in Hampden – keeps hipsters outfitted with a seriously cool mix of vintage and local finds.

Doubledutch Boutique 1021 West 36th Street, Hampden; 410-554-0055; www.doubledutchboutique.com

With their loyal customers and love for indie designers, Doubledutch Boutique on The Avenue is the boutique for eccentric-but-sweet styles.

Brightside Boutique 1133 South Charles Street (410-244-1133) and 732 South Broadway (410-522-1337); www.brightsidebaltimore.com

One part boutique, one part art gallery, one part tattoo parlor, Brightside covers many bases for fashion-lovers who like to walk on the wild side.

The Academic

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Day: Teaching an 8 a.m. intro class to drowsy freshmen

On Her Agenda: Grading papers, a stop at Whole Foods

Favorite Outfit: Comfortable cardigan, ethnic jewelry, Dansko clogs

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Anything plastered with logos

Style Icon: Hillary Clinton

Where to Shop:

The Bead 824 Kenilworth Drive, Kenilworth Mall; 410-821-8888; www.thebead.com

With clothes and accessories that are fun and unique, The Bead caters to customers who aren’t afraid of flair.

MAJA Collections 1744 Aliceanna Street, Fells Point; 410-327-9499; www.majacollections.com

MAJA’s clothing and accessories – think colorful scarves and handcrafted leather bags – exude international flair; the store carries goods from all over the world. The Store, Ltd. 5100 Falls Road; 410-323-2350 The Store, Ltd.’s selection is perfect for women who like their wardrobes – and their homes – just a little off-beat, filled with color and interesting patters.

The Store, Ltd., Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road; 410-323-2350

The Store, Ltd.’s selection is perfect for women who like their wardrobes – and their homes – just a little off-beat, filled with color and interesting patterns.


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