Best Clothing Stores in Boulder

Who Says Boulder Can't Dress? Shopping in Boulder from Head to Toe

We all have love/hate relationships with our clothes, and travel only heightens the emotions. We forget to pack something, or we need something unexpectedly, or we just want to see what Boulder has to offer that our own city may not. That's why 10Best compiles a list of the best clothing stores in town. From independent boutiques to upscale chains, we tell you where to find terrific basics and quality fashions that will get you through any clothing crisis. Popular possibilities? Common Era, and The Regiment Shops of Colorado, Inc.. These two shops offer elegance that won't break your bank and will dress you for a casual walk through town or a night out for fine dining.

More interested in how you look while playing in the mountains than in the city? Never fear, for Boulder offers REI where you'll find colorful hiking dresses, skirts, and tops. Need even more color? Athleta takes the cake in colorful workout and outdoor apparel

Finally, if you'd rather save the big bucks for eating and drinking some fine Colorado microbrews, allow us to suggest Boulder's consignments shops. Common Threads sits atop our list for its commitment to variety, stellar pricing, and trendy finds. Buffalo Exchange is another that will outfit you in the most hip looks of the season.

So put that in your pipe and smoke it, GQ.


Photo courtesy of Moosejaw and Hanna O'Neill

There are many outdoor gear shops in Boulder but, perhaps, none as young, funky, and fun-loving as Moosejaw. Complete with a ping-pong table so that you can battle 'til the death while you shop, as well as a variety of outdoor gear, shopping at this retail spot is as much an experience as it is a holiday right of passage. Brands like Patagonia, North Face, and Dynafit line the shelves while friendly, and cheeky, Moosejaw staff eagerly help you find the best fit or the best gift. Some items in their winter line include snow shoes, avalanche safety equipment, and a smattering of accessories to keep you warm in the powder.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Moosejaw is perfect for outdoor lovers who want to look good both on and off the trail.

Hope's expert tip: Watch for Moosejaw's "door busters", items that you can only get before noon, on Black Friday.

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This classic shop offers traditional fashions, shoes, and accessories with an up-to-date look by such well-known designers as Perry Ellis, Jack Victor, Joseph Hilton, and Cole Hahn. What's more, Regiment Shops was voted the number one men's clothing store in Boulder for 2012 by the Daily Camera. One of the main reasons Regiment Shops earns this distinction is because they also offer custom tailoring so you not only walk away with a great suit, but you also walk away in a suit that fits impeccably. You'll also walk away with the perfect tie from their extensive, colorful, and elegant collection.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Voted the #1 Men's Clothing Store in Boulder, Regiment Shops offers sophistication and classic styles.

Hope's expert tip: Can't make it in for a fitting during regular hours? Call and make a special after-hours appointment.

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For all of your running and hiking needs, Boulder Running company outfits you with the best shoes, socks, boots, and clothing out there. For the holidays, expect the latest styles, wool socks, and outdoor cold gear perfect for the athletes in your life. Not to mention, BRC's personalized service will have you swearing off chain footwear stores forever. Whether you're having shin splints, knee troubles, or just want some advice on which shoe suits your workout routine the best, Boulder Running Company has the answers and the gear. Brands such as Nike, New Balance, Asolo, and Chacho are just a few of the big names you'll find. However, you won't pay the big prices and you'll be treated to personalized fittings.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Boulder Running Company is local, offers an amazing selection of running shoes, hiking, boots, and much more. They will even fit you for free!

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask a staff member about the best inserts and socks to wear with your shoes and boots.

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A new addition to the downtown Pearl Street thoroughfare, Athleta is a haven for girly-girls who wanna be both fit and beautiful. Geared toward runners, swimmers, and yogis, this store boasts comfortable, high-quality, athletic apparel that will last through seasons of beatings. Turquoise, pink, electric orange, and deep purples are just a few of the colors you'll find to ensure that your running skirt, yoga pants, or bathing suit is eye-catching. Hiker or mountaineer? Athleta also carried some good options for hiking and mountain climbing during the spring and summer months. Not to mention, cute headbands an light jackets will ensure that you are mountain fabulous.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Vibrant colors and patterns that make working out and recreation look good earn Athleta a spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: New to Pearl, Athleta runs a significant amount of specials to draw in the crowds. Keep an eye out for them.

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Clothes for every phase of a woman's life are sold in this high quality, upscale boutique. Whether you are single, married, a mom, or a business executive shopping for work, play, or home, this is the place to find fashions no matter what the style or occasion. With only two other locations in Aspen and Denver, this boutique exclusive, classy, and will assist any woman with making a bold statement, whether at the office, about town, or while socializing. Classic blacks, naveys, cremes, and whites are staples of Max, along with patterned coats, skirts, and handbags. Max is, hands down, one of the best places to shop for a touch of class and elegance.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Max offers chic and classic fashions that will never go out of style.

Hope's expert tip: This is THE place to shop for that big interview, meeting, or when you just wanna look put together.

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Recycled vintage clothing and unique new fashions for both men and women are featured here. Bring in your old things to be recycled, as the shop offers cash or store credit in exchange. Funky shoes, shirts, and pants for both men and women can be found. Scarves, purses, and jewelry make for cheap but cute accessories. This is also a local favorite to pick up an outfit for a themed 5k, Halloween party, or when you just need something for a particular event and don't want to spend a fortune. One of our favorite features, this eco-mindful store allows you to donate a portion of your purchase to a local charity if you don't bag your purchase. Now that's business with purpose!

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Consignment made cool. Buffalo Exchange earns its spot on our list for being retro, thrifty, and offering great variety.

Hope's expert tip: When you consign your own items, it earns you store credit to be put toward your future fabulous purchases.

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This clothier offers current classics for both men and women, promoting casual wear and dressier items by such notables as True Religion, Lone Pine, Cole Haan, 7 Jeans, and Apolis Activism. The shop also sells footwear, bags, and a stylish variety of denim and leather goods. Expect a great assortment that caters to folks intent on looking their best. Located on Pearl Street, Weekends puts you in the fashion hub of Boulder and their knowledgeable staff, equipped with great eyes for style, will help you choose the perfect ensemble for any Boulder outing, whether it be a casual dinner or an elegant night at the theater.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: This upscale boutique has a reputation for sophistication and an eye for the latest and most elegant trends.

Hope's expert tip: If you're looking for leather goods, Weekends is your spot!

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Shop for unique retro styles at this trendy and hip boutique. You'll find anything from silver beaded headdresses to six-inch spike heels for girls and cowboy boots and funky ties for the guys. Common Era has a wide variety of bold accessories, including banged bracelets, wrist cuffs, and Bohemian style dangle earrings. Purses, clutches, and wristlets can be found throughout the store and, for those of you who need to adorn yourself underneath your fabulous outfit, lacy bras, silky underwear, slips, and stockings can be found in the matching colors of this season's latest styles. The attendants are extremely helpful and always happy to give you a second opinion when second guessing a fashion choice.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Common Era is known about town for offering variety and affordability all wrapped in a glittering and elegant package.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop in for their end-of-season sales.

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One of the best places in town to shop for outdoor gear, Boulder's REI is a haven for climbers, hikers, back packing, skiing, and cycling enthusiasts. Not only do they offer amazing "garage sales" where gear is sold at dramatically reduced prices, they also offer free classes on winter survival, hiking 14ners ( 14,000ft mountains), navigation, and much more. Eco-friendly? You can feel confident shopping with REI in Boulder, as their building is retro-fitted with solar panels, recycling and composting bins are dotted throughout the facility, and they have a high ratio of USA made goods. Interested in earning rewards, a membership with REI earns you annual dividends that can be redeemed in the store.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: REI is an outdoor mecca that consistently offers sales on the best clothing, so you can get up the mountain in style.

Hope's expert tip: REI "garage sales" are a popular amongst locals. If you're a member and receive newsletters, look for garage sales while you're in the area and be sure to arrive early, since the good gear goes fast.

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Common Threads

Common Thread is, hands down, one of the best consignment shops you will ever have the pleasure of visiting. The selection is top-notch, always in fashion, and the store lay-out is perfectly organized to help you find exactly what you're looking for, whether is be a new handbag, workout clothing, a cute top, or sophisticated dress. For those of you who are looking for some sexy, fashion-functional, workshop clothing, Common Thread has the perfect selection for you. Name brands that can often be found include, Lulu Lemon, Patagonia, Athleta, Eddie Bauer, Marmot, and North Face. This place is a local favorite for those who wanna look good but not spend a fortune in the process.

Recommended for Clothing Stores because: Sewing classes, a commitment to environmental practices, and elegant variety earns Common Threads the top spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: The owners of this shop are more than willing to haggle over certain items. If you find something that you fancy but feel that it's too pricy, make them an offer. They're typically more than willing to compromise with you.

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