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Boutique Peek

Whatever your style may be, these three new East Bay hot spots offer something for everyone.


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The J.McLaughlin store in Lafayette.

jeffery peters

Funky Local 
If you’re looking for something a little different, Feathered Outlaw in Alameda is the place for men and women alike. Grab a Dolly Parton printed screen tee created by owner Marie Ortega, or browse through a few pairs of vintage Levis. The shop also sells Herbal Gypsy Bath and Body products, made by Ortega’s partner Melissa Rivers, and offers make-and-take events every month. With antique chairs and buffalo skulls mixed in with beer signs adorning the back wall, and racks made from steel pipes and found wood, stopping in solely to view the eclectic decor is worth a trip. featheredoutlaw.com.

Classic Americana 
Though J.McLaughlin is a nationwide company, each intimate boutique brings local style. Two destinations in the East Bay await you. Visit the Danville shop for classic charm and touches like streaks of navy throughout an open floor plan, or the Lafayette spot for sleek sophistication with pale wood paneling and a vibrant chevron-patterned rug. Bulk up your seasonal layers with a crisp, plaid Lorraine car coat or a neutral Nova vest. If you’re not ready for fall and have a few more beach trips in mind, pick up a circular straw Romina clutch with stylish leather detailing. When casual comfort sounds most appealing, score a pair of lightweight leggings or a statement skort from J.McLaughlin’s Acadia Collection. jmclaughlin.com

Polished Romance 
Scout and Molly’s Boutique is your one-stop shop for going from day to evening with ease. Pick up a breezy dress from Clara Sunwoo or Fifteen Twenty in this Walnut Creek shop. If pants and a top are more your style, score some AG Jeans paired with a boho-chic Astars blouse. Rotating trunk shows occur regularly and feature local designers such as Tammi Relyea out of Alamo, whose company BRA-séri? takes those pesky bra straps that peek through clothing from drab to fab. Bonus: there will always be a bottle of wine open to share while you browse. scoutandmollys.com

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