Best Local Boutiques For Back To School Clothes Shopping In Seattle

July 30, 2013 5:00 AM

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If you count yourself amongst the population who truly adore the boutique shopping experience and you find a shop with items you love and a personable, helpful staff, you’ve struck gold. When a boutique owner has the perfect blend of fashion sense, savvy and personality, they most likely have or will develop a cult following. Wonderful boutiques exist in the Seattle area and throughout Washington State. After all, it’s always a bonus if you spot a fabulous shop when you’re visiting Olympia, Spokane or Tri Cities on your summer break. Look your best for the first day of school with some essentials from these Seattle boutiques.

Sway and Cake
1621 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 624-2699

If you are shopping downtown, you will definitely want to stop in at Sway and Cake, though fans of this boutique will make a special trip just to shop here. Opening its doors in 2002, S&C makes the grade with city and suburban girls alike with its unique blend of gypsy, city girl and rock and roll. You will find designer jeans, tops, bottoms and accessories with a generous helping of style advice. Online shopping is also available.

Sweet Life Boutique
522 Capitol Way S.
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-7999

Visiting our beautiful capitol city may be on your list of things to do this summer. When bopping around downtown, you’re sure to take notice of Sweet Life Boutique as it has all the appeal of a cupcake shop and at least as much fun. Brands such as Wildfox, Free People and J Brand, as well as accessories, are waiting to be chosen. Pick up some Too Faced Makeup while you’re there as well. You might luck out and visit during a flash sale.

Megs And Mo Upscale Resale
2602 N. Proctor St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
(253) 212-2675

Some shoppers with discerning tastes want high-end clothing without the hefty price tag. Take a look at Megs and Mo in Tacoma’s fashionable Proctor District. Expect to score Coach, Gucci and maybe even Versace and Louis Vuitton. This boutique is a great place to buy gently used premium denim and fun accessories, too. If you have designer items you’re not wearing or using, bring them in for consignment. It’s super fun to go to Megs And Mo for a shopping spree and find out you have a store credit.

Swank Boutique
4727 N. Division St.
Spokane, WA 99207
(509) 468-1839

Ask fashionistas up and down Eastern Washington where to shop and this is where they’ll send you. And if you’ve visited Spokane lately, you know it has a terrific downtown area with plenty of dining and shopping. Take a peek at Swank Boutique. This shop carries trendy items from Miss Me, Kensie and Reverse. You’ll find clothing, accessories, shoes and other fun items like fragrances, home decor and gifts.

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Twist Designer Apparel
408 N. Louisiana St.
Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 783-4423

Though Kennewick has a decent mall, boutique lovers will appreciate Twist Designer Apparel. The selection is appealing, with items from Trina Turk, Eileen Fisher, Paige Premium Denim and Michael Stars. Complete your new wardrobe finds with some hot accessories and a few trendy Butter of London nail polishes. Twist Designer Apparel also carries fashion for men, so your dad, brother or boyfriend need not feel left out.

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Jerri Lien has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for most of her adult life. As a Seattle examiner, she covers all things style, beauty and more. Her work can be found at