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Boutique Peek: Duchess

Score Los Angeles-style flair and red-hot trends at this fashionable boutique.

Duchess is an L.A girl living in a suburban world. Owner Erica Perez, inspired by the trends she saw during her bouts in retail around San Francisco and Los Angeles, opened shop in 2007 to fill a gap in the local fashion scene. Nestled among the home décor and gift shops on busy Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, this gem exudes a funky and relaxed vibe with big city brands. The clothing racks lining the perimeter of the patterned boutique are color-coordinated and teeming with loose, cozy Torn tanks, oversized Wildfox sweaters, and embellished cocktail numbers worth the splurge.


Who you’ll see here: Moms in workout gear chatting about which Saint Grace striped thermal to wear to their sons’ soccer games and how to pair a white-and-sand Seaton V-neck with J Brand straight leg jeans for lunch out on the town. Young working girls stop by on lunch break to browse the extensive sale racks.


Best steal: The 50 percent off Matt Bernson wrinkle gladiator sandals are perfect to show off a pedicure from Lavande spa next door.


Don’t miss: The chunky, semi-precious stone rings and studded cuffs that line the cash register counter are sure to spice up your ‘fit.


Piece that does double-duty: Pair Ani Lee’s Thelma skirt in onyx with a button-up Feel The Piece blouse for work, then swap it out with a Kettle Black dream catcher jersey tank and some printed tights for happy hour.


Get Seasonal: Transition from summer to fall and bring out your inner schoolgirl with a John Eshaya plaid poncho, a hot trend sure to keep you warm well into the winter.


Owner’s Favs: Perez loves the BSABLE faux-fur vests and wide leg jeans such as J Brand’s Hawkeye.


Duchess Boutique, 3587 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 962-0208, shopduchess.com.