While Orlando is a renowned destination for its malls and outlet stores, there's an eclectic collection of independent fashion boutiques to be found if you know where to look. In particular, there are a number of fun, classic and trendy shops in the downtown core and nearby neighborhoods. Boutiques are on hand at all different price points, and whether you're looking to score a single statement piece or to stock your closet full of fashionable clothing and accessories, you shouldn't have any trouble coming across some great finds.
Located on Summerlin in Thornton Park, Zou Zou is very popular with the locals and carries a large selection of creative and trendy fashions, including dresses, shoes and a variety of accessories. The chic shop has been featured in national fashion magazines and is a celebrity favorite. You'll see many hard to find and designer labels, some of which come with a hefty price tag. The store is open Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Thornton Park: 2 N Summerlin Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Dr. Phillips: 7988 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 100, Orlando, Florida 32819
Bijou's is the go-to shop in Orlando for mature women who desire unique and stylish clothing. The boutique has an impressive selection of jewelry, scarves and other accessories, and their casual dresses and career wear are some of the classiest and most sophisticated in the city. Prices run a bit high, but Bijou's holds plenty of sales for budget-minded customers. The store is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.
College Park: 2501 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
Chic Boutique, one of many funky independent small local businesses in the Audubon Park neighborhood, bills itself as an "upscale consignment shop.” It's an accurate description, as you'll find higher quality items than typically offered from secondhand shops. This attractive and well-organized boutique is particularly good for scoring amazingly low prices on mid-range designer labels, and it's also a nice place to unload some of your clothing for store credit. It's open 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.
Audubon Park: 2816 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL 32803
Modern Grace is reasonably priced and is a great place to find flirty, funky and fashionable dresses in all styles. The boutique also carries handbags, gifts and accessories, and the shop's jewelry is handcrafted by local artists. Teens and younger women are attracted to the modern style of the store's clothing. Modern Grace is open Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
College Park: 2810 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
The Beauty Spot is half spa and half boutique, and the shop prides itself on supporting local fashion while also hand-selecting collections from top designers in cities like New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. You'll find a large variety of styles, as well as beauty products and gift items. The Beauty Spot also carries a number of environmentally conscious clothing lines. The store's hours are Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
College Park: 649 Vassar St., Orlando, FL 32804
Lauren Nicole is new to Thornton Park, and the feminine, classic look of their dresses, tops and bottoms is a perfect fit for the neighborhood. You'll also find some edgy and trendy items, and the store has a great selection of shoes, handbags and other accessories, too. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., making it a perfect place to stop after the Lake Eola Farmers Market on Sundays.
Thornton Park: 426 E Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801