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The Chameleon South of the Skyway, this shop offers an array of tops, dresses and other pieces made of natural fibers, plus unique jewelry and accessories. 2801 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton, 941-747-4477, thechameleonboutique.com. —JG
Couture Shoez The dress broke your budget, but you still need new shoes. Shop at a Tampa boutique specializing in new and gently worn, high-end designer shoes. Owners claim a savings of up to 75 percent on Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Guesippi Zanotti, Diane Von Furstenberg, and many more. The recently opened boutique is approximately 600 square feet and decorated in highly contrasting colors with crystal chandeliers to rival the shopping experience of high-end department stores. 4025 Henderson Blvd. (intersection of Henderson and Neptune), Tampa. Shop page on Facebook; 813-398-8080; Coutureshoez.com.
Disco Dolls Whimsy, fun and function epitomize the Dolls’ designs. Sisters Kristine Bush and Leigh Anne Balzekas, and hairstylist Maxwell Maisano, run the Disco Dolls Studio, an artistic space equipped with hair, styling and tailoring services. Made entirely of vintage and recycled fabrics, their new collection marries style and sustainability. Whether you’re looking for vintage cocktail dresses, colorful tees or gypsy skirts, the Disco Dolls have you covered. 408 N. Howard Ave., Studio A, 813-641-4367, thediscodolls.com. —Melanie Wiesen
Fresh Threads Dip into a unique, designer label contemporary consignment boutique that offers subtle elegance and kicky style. 4230 S. MacDill Ave. Suite F, Tampa, 813-449-3578. shopfreshthreads.com. —JG
Georgette’s With multiple awards under its belt, this 30-year family-owned boutique uses one-on-one service and multiple collections to give every buyer a unique look. Specializing in black-tie events, pageants and proms, this store can make anyone feel like a celebrity. 141 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-254-1141; georgettesfashions.com. Summer Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. —Meeghan Gilchrist
Illume Eco Boutique The Indian Rocks Beach/Largo area is not the retirement haven it used to be. As this shop's name suggests, it stocks mostly eco-friendly new clothing and some vintage but should be best known for its outstanding selection of vintage jewelry. “Hands-down the best collection I’ve ever seen,” said fellow Belleair Bluffs business owner Carol Cortright. “It’s like crack to those of us with a vintage bling fixation.” 784 Indian Rocks Road N, Belleair Bluffs, 727-422-3630, ecolunatic.com, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sun. —JG
k.hendrix studio and showroom Because k.hendrix designs emphasize recycling, reusing and renewing materials, every piece in the collection is one of a kind, and most items are made year-round and do not follow the trends or seasons. Dresses, cover-ups and skirts are among the main pieces in the collection, which also includes pants and bikinis — all with lots of sequins, dyed leathers, knits and color-washed silks. Items on sale include a silk bed jacket featured in Maxim magazine. Hendrix also does custom work updating wedding gowns and prom dresses for re-use. Grand opening party this Saturday. 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 646-316-4814. —JG
Kina Kouture Head to this stylish li’l haven for vintage savoir faire, classic lines and edgy trendiness. Owners Bert and Jeanne Halle bring back the fab figure-flattering looks of the ’50s and ’60s with repros by Lucky 13, Bernie Dexter, Stop Staring and Bettie Page brands — in addition to formalwear and choice accessories. The shop in Pinellas’ quaint Valhalla of retail, downtown Dunedin, has been featured in DFAC’s Wearable Art and offers something for any woman who likes some swagger in her style. 447 Main St., Dunedin, 813-734-2900, kinakouture.com. —JG
La France The Tampa Bay area’s most popular and well-established vintage shop has won multiple Best of the Bay awards for its wide-ranging selection, which includes rack upon rack of vintage and retro clothing — from ball gowns to Hawaiian print shirts to pencil skirts — as well as hats, shoes, belts and other accessories, several cases worth of jewelry, and various retro-fied odds and ends such as postcards, magnets and coasters. The staff is perfectly willing to style you for your special event. 1612 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City, 813-248-1381. —Leilani Polk
Love That Here’s a sweet retreat with unpredictable goodies. Blousy blouses, snazzy dresses, denim, distinctive jewelry and nifty accessories round out a selection that lives up to the shop’s name: It’s truly lovable. 4109-B S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-902-0500, lovethatonline.com. —JG
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