Header image was taken by Melanie Reyes, courtesy of Late Bird Boutique.
When it comes to shopping, there’s no better place to spend your time and money than at a small business or boutique. These shops often make their own wares or source small batches of products from other brands or artisans, resulting in unique looks and objects with plenty of personality.
This rings true in fashion, kitchen goods, home decor and art, so whether you’re looking to treat yourself or give a thoughtful gift, consider shopping local first. Here are a few Ann Arbor clothing boutiques we love!
Please note: Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, some of these businesses may be closed or only offering curbside pickup. We recommend shopping online if possible or calling ahead to businesses to inquire about their COVID-19 policies before visiting.
336 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Photo courtesy of Bivouac
Founded in 1970 by Ed Davidson, Bivouac started out as an army surplus store. Today, they sell a wide variety of clothing for men, women and children for all occasions. In addition to selling everyday clothes, you’ll also find outdoor gear and footwear at Bivouac, including yoga wear, winter coats, climbing gear and so much more. And, if you’re looking for the perfect accessory to go with your outfit, Bivouac sells everything from belts and sunglasses to jewelry and backpacks. Click here to shop their online stock!
303 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor
Since 1997, Collected Works has been bringing gorgeous clothing, jewelry, gifts and accessories to their boutique in Ann Arbor. Collected Works thinks of clothing as art, only carrying items from small, independent American designers. They specifically specialize in women’s clothing, offering a wide range of styles for women of every shape and size. They offer a special discount to people who like them on Facebook, so be sure to hit that “like” button and mention it at checkout for 15% off!
211 South 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor
Photo courtesy of Dear Golden
Ann Arbor’s Dear Golden is a curated vintage shop that sells hand-selected vintage garments from the 1910s to the 1980s. In addition to a wide array of unique, good-quality clothing, Dear Golden also offers skincare products, accessories, local gifts and more in their Instagram-worthy storefront on Fourth Avenue. And, if you aren’t up for in-person shopping, they also have a thriving Etsy store, where you can order curated vintage clothing and have it shipped directly to your door.
2086 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
This upscale Ypsilanti boutique specializes in women’s clothing and accessories for all body types and styles. No matter what you’re looking for, their helpful staff will be able to find a stylish wardrobe staple that you’ll adore! They are always announcing new, exciting sales on their Facebook page, so be sure to follow them to get the scoop.
1200 North Main Street, Ann Arbor
Photo courtesy of Melanie Reyes via Late Bird Boutique
One of Ann Arbor’s newest boutiques, Late Bird Boutique, opened their doors in May of 2019. They specialize in contemporary women’s clothing, providing a carefully curated collection of wardrobe staples and trendy pieces by popular brands. The physical store has a bit of a speakeasy vibe, the door hidden in a renovated warehouse just a few blocks from the U of M campus. But once you’re inside, you’ll be greeted with a welcoming, cozy atmosphere and a no-pressure shopping experience that you’ll love.
Nickels Arcade, Suite 2, 4 & 5, Ann Arbor | 130 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
Mix opened at the start of the 2009 Christmas season with a “mix” of vintage and gently used clothing, gift items and personal care products in a tiny space in Ypsilanti. Since then, they’ve opened another storefront in Ann Arbor, continuing to offer their signature mix of exciting clothing items. But their name doesn’t only come from their unique offerings, it also comes from the idea of mixing style, art, attitudes and personal values! Click here to shop online and to stay updated on current sales.
1203 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor
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Motivation is a premium specialty boutique and brand headquartered right here in Ann Arbor. Established in 2007 by owner Mike Moeller, Motivation is one of the state’s only boutiques to cater to streetwear fashion and culture. In 2009, they began to focus on developing their own private-label Motivation brand, and the line is now stocked at over 80 specialty boutiques in more than 10 different countries across the world. You can shop their brand online or in their luxurious boutique on University Avenue, which is open daily!
3010 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor
Why should adults have all the fun when it comes to style? Children should also be able to wear exciting and trendy clothing if they want—and that’s exactly where the idea of My Urban Toddler, a local children’s boutique, came from! Since 2006, local parents have relied on My Urban Toddler for the best in baby, toddler and kids clothing, shoes, toys, books and more. They are located in the Arbor Hills shopping center, but you can also shop their entire stock online and have it delivered right to your doorstep!
306 South Main Street, Ann Arbor
Since 1971, Renaissance has been offering the world’s finest gentlemen and ladies’ clothing to the Ann Arbor area. Renaissance is owned by two local fashion experts, Bill Sizer and Roger Pothus, with a goal to provide a unique and special fashion experience to A2 locals. They also provide made-to-measure services for suits, sports jackets, trousers, skirts, overcoats and more. Click here for more information and to learn more about having something made for your next special occasion!
207 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor
Since 1946, Sam’s has been dressing the students and townies of Ann Arbor in time-honored Brands like Levi’s and Columbia. They offer a great selection of jeans, shirts, hats and more, plus the greatest selection of Converse Chuck Taylors in downtown Ann Arbor. While you’re there, don’t miss the area’s largest pair of pants hanging on the back wall!
215 South 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor
Today Clothing is a boutique offering high-end, fashionable menswear and shoes from some of the best brands in the world. They opened in 2013 after seeing a lack of places in Ann Arbor for men to purchase high-end clothing. After setting up shop and what used to be an art gallery, this minimalist and stylish boutique has become the perfect place for Ann Arborites to get introduced to male high fashion. Click here to peruse their current offerings!
309 South State Street, Ann Arbor
Photo courtesy of Verbena
Verbena is a trendy boutique selling cute women’s clothing, accessories, swimwear, jewelry and so much more! At this local favorite, they make expressing yourself effortless, offering everything from carefree clothing and homemade accessories to gifts and locally sourced home furnishings. Right now, they are selling “Buy One, Get One” face masks where for every one sold, they’ll donate a mask to a frontline worker or patient in need.
415 North 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor
This beautiful women’s fashion, lifestyle and bridal-blend boutique can be found in the heart of Kerrytown Market and Shops. With a focus on both elegance and simplicity, the locally owned shop is filled with fashion, accessories and anything else you need to feel stylish and confident. Visit them in person or shop online through their easy-to-navigate online store!
What did we miss?
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