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Every time I visit owner Jill Andersen’s Ballard boutique, I find it hard to leave empty handed. I adore her carefully displayed racks for flirty frocks, casual sweaters and flowy boho tops. Plus, her collection of cowboy boots and Americana-inspired belts is among the best I’ve found in Seattle. Labels include TOMS, Prairie Underground, Qi and Kensie, plus many others.
Prices aren’t cheap, but if you meander to the back of the store, sale racks are generally well stocked with many just-out-of-season gems. This is my go-to shop for super girlie party frocks.
Go: ShopHorseshoe.com; 5344 Ballard Avenue NW; 206-547-9639
Small, independent clothing boutiques abound in Seattle. Among my favorites are Fremont's Show Pony, a small boutique showcasing pieces from local designers like Prairie Underground and West Coasters like Laguna Beach-based B.B. Dakota and San Francisco designer Rebecca Beeson. The shop also sells some consignment items, plus intriguing perfumes and candles.
In quiet, leafy Madrona, boutique Juniper is the place to buy casual, ethically-sourced clothing. The clothing here is eco-friendly, and some lines give proceeds to various charities: Organic by John Patrick, The Podolls, and Good Society.
And if you're looking for stylish hiking duds, head to Ballard's Kavu, where Seattle-made clothing will keep you warm -- and cute -- when camping, skiing, boating, or just relaxing outdoors.