Small Business Saturday: The Benefits of Shopping Locally

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I love fast fashion and big retail chains as much as the next girl. H&M, Zara, J.Crew… I’m in shopper’s paradise at any of them! That said, there’s really nothing like the boutique experience. The fastest way to feel like Hollywood royalty is to become a regular at a local boutique.

Shopping small is a great way to supplement your closet with unique, interesting pieces. Don’t you hate when you show up at a party and there’s another wearing your dress? Since local boutiques buy in smaller quantities than the majors, they’re way more likely to take a chance on a cool, fashion-forward piece that a national chain may be too cautious to invest in on a large scale.

Since boutiques tend to have a bit of a slower pace, salespeople really have the opportunity to create a personalized shopping experience. Befriend someone at your fave local spot and you’ll be the first to know about the latest arrivals.

Bottom line: shopping locally is a great way to support the economy and encourage small business growth. Plus: it’s a stylishly responsible way to infuse your wardrobe with some sparkle! Check out our 5 fave boutiques in Miami:

Blush Boutique
http://shopblush.com/
Girly, hot pink decor and affordable fashion-forward pieces make this local spot a definite go-to for cool girl essentials and hot going-out looks.
http://www.jessieboutique.com/
Jessie Boutique
http://www.jessieboutique.com/
Jessie Boutique
Jessie is a great spot that carries some of the coolest contemporary designers and perfect party looks
http://moncboutique.com/
Monc Boutique
http://moncboutique.com/
Monc is a new fave I first came across on Instagram. Cool, affordable pieces for the everyday girl.
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My Bestfriend’s Closet Boutique
http://www.shopmybestfriendscloset.com/
Just like sifting through your bff’s wardrobe, this boutique carries a great selection of contemporary pieces and hosts some really fun events with awesome partners like Blo!
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Studio LX
http://www.shoplx.com/
A Miami staple for contemporary duds, Studio LX is a go-to spot for some of my fave designers like Rebecca Taylor, Alice + Olivia and Elizabeth and James.

 What do you think? Hit up the comments and tell us what your fave local spot is!