Carolina ladies flock to Capitol when it’s time to gear up for any noteworthy event or fancy soirée. With exquisite designs by Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta and Dries Van Noten, who can blame them? Open M-Sa 10 am-6 pm. www.capitolcharlotte.com 4010 Sharon Road, 704.366.0388. Map 1, D9
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The charming boutique is packed with delightful designs, an upbeat atmosphere and an unbeatable experience thanks to the many stylists on hand ready to help customers find perfect attire to suit their personality. www.clairdeluneshop.com 1820 South Blvd., 704.582.3313.
The place to pick up cute dresses, skirts, and tops at inexpensive prices (most are less than $100) also stocks graphic tees and denim from Rock & Republic and True Religion. But it’s K-La’s accessory selection— bangles, bracelets, cocktail rings, and sunglasses—and fabulous designer knockoffs (Balenciaga, anyone?) that makes this a great place to stock up on wardrobe staples. Open M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-6 pm. www.shopkla.com 4123 Park Road, 704.523.2017; 9816B Rea Road, 704.752.3834.
If you’re looking for the latest “in” item, then Monkee’s is the place to find it, as they pride themselves on stocking the newest gottahave clothing, shoes, and accessories. Find dresses from BCBG, and clothing from Pucci, Lacoste, and Marc Jacobs or try on a pair of Steve Madden or Stuart Weitzman stilettos. Open M-Sa 10 am-6 pm, Su 1-5 pm. www.shopmonkees.com 2839 Selwyn Ave., 704.379.7995.
Owners Jenny Burnette and Amy King’s high-end boutique specializes in women’s clothing. Designer names, such as Dana Buckman, Armani, Manolo Blahnik and St. John, populate this stylish store. Split into two different sides, one for the casual look and another for career and social needs, Sweet Repeats has everything from shoes to sportswear to handbags and evening wear. Open Tu-F 10 am-6 pm, Sa 10 am-4 pm. www.sweetrepeatsboutique.com 300 East Blvd., 704.372.0002.