Houston, Texas: not typically thought of as a style capitalâ€¦but think again. This up-and-coming southern city is fashion forward and label conscious. As the saying goes, things are bigger in Texas: bigger hair, bigger bling, higher heels.
Lynn Wyatt and Becca Cason Thrash (the two socialites and fashion role models in Houston) have both been featured in Vogue, not only for their charity donations, but also because of their distinct senses of style. Wyatt epitomizes Houstonian elegance, while Cason Thrash’s style is young and ecclectic.
There are two main things to do in Houston: shop and eat. However, Houston is often forgotten when it comes to fashion (since it has won the infamous America’s Fattest City title several times in the past decade). But do not be fooled by this misleading label, Houston is a stylish city with much to explore.
WHERE TO SHOP
Boutiques: Beat the heat in these cool stores
From evening gowns to designer sportwear to shoes and accessories, Tootsies always carries the hottest and the haute-est of the season. This specialty retailer store has been a Houston legend for over 30 years. Come for the luxe labels, stay for the impeccable service.
If you’re looking for trendy accessories that look as good as the high priced version, A Bientot is your shop. This River Oaks cache is a great place for mother-daughter shopping (in fact, I am gulity of this). The front room boasts both classic and trendy jewelry and bags (for the mothers) and around the corner in the back room you will find the younger fads (for the daughters).
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This is the shopping mecca of Houston. It contains four different sections anchored by the main department stores: Neiman Marcus (which can boast more daily shoe sales than the Beverly Hills store), Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy’s. The complex (the fifth largest mall in the country) includes over 300 stores, from St. John and Chanel to Urban Outfitters and Zara. Drop the kids off at the ice skating rink in Galleria I while your wander the shopping haven.