With South Coast Plaza housing the finest in high-end luxury boutiques and Fashion Island lodging the crème de la crème of department stores, Orange County shoppers have high expectations. Local boutique owners understand the nature of the shopping beast and pride themselves on exceeding client expectations through one-on-one customer service, in-depth knowledge of fashion trends, and premium merchandise. The Haute 5 fashion boutiques surpass the local shopping standards and promise to test the limits of the closet and the Black AmEx.
There’s no rest for the shoppers at this funky Costa Mesa boutique. The ultra-feminine store features seasonal items that allow shoppers to stay on trend while incorporating classic staples (cotton shirts and little black dresses) in their inventory. Known for an impressive accessories selection, shoppers can indulge in Coralia Leets earrings, Eileen Fisher scarves, and Links of London bracelets.
No Rest For Bridget is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. No Rest For Bridget is located at 250 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, Calif., 949.645.3026
This modern boutique is worthy of all the buzz. Situated in The Lab, Costa Mesa’s premiere destination for hipster stores, The Hive offers the latest in runway fashion with a handpicked selection of vintage treasures. Denim junkies flock to the boutique for the large assortment of Paige Premium Denim and Frankie.B, while the retro crowd is swapping up vintage leather saddlebags in droves. For environmental fashionistas, there’s a sizable eco-friendly section filled with the latest sustainable trends.
The Hive is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Hive is located at 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, Calif., 714.444.0224
For trendsetters looking for the perfect special occasion dress, look no further than this quaint boutique in Corona Del Mar. The dresses range from feminine styles by Lucy Love to more daring shifts by Betsey Johnson. Need something a little less fancy? Check out their wonderful assortment of shorts, tanks and other casual beachwear.
Holly Sharp is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Holly Sharp is located at 3636 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, 949.673.9466
This is not the boutique for those less fashion forward or fearful of avant-garde clothing. Hard-to-find labels including Mimi Turner, Binetti, Christopher Deane, and Thread Social keep the local clientele satisfied and import labels including MK2K, Proportion of Blu and House of Spy make this a go-to destination for the international crowd.
The Goat is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The Goat is located at 186 E. 16th St., Costa Mesa, 949.645.1111
H. Laguna Beach
Whatever the occasion, H. has the outfit. Pick up the latest Viktor and Rolf pantsuit for a power lunch. Snag a gorgeous printed wrap dress from Cynthia Vincent for Sunday brunch or buy that Comme des Garcon blazer for dinner. The fashion choices are endless, the merchandise world class and the staff is impeccable.
H.Laguna Beach is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. H. Laguna Beach is located at 1045 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, Calif., 949.793.4039