There’s more to Texas style than cowboy boots and rhinestones. From high fashion to high tea, and from burgeoning boutiques to vintage emporiums, these are the best places to shop in the state’s largest metroplexes.
Expect nothing less than luxury from the city that gave us Neiman Marcus. Visit the flagship downtown or head to the location at NorthPark Center, where you’ll find highbrow stores scattered among the mall’s impressive modern art collection. Highland Park Village is an equally glamorous, open-air affair popular lunch spots. Texas’ own Tom Ford has an outpost here, as do Chanel, Hermés and Ralph Lauren.
Lest you forget you’re in the Lone Star State, Miron Crosby brings the western wear with cowboy boots decked out in tassels, ruffles and metallic snakeskin. Across town, Dolly Python also has an impressive vintage boot collection, and all three Flea Style locations, including Frisco and Fort Worth, have a “hat bar” that allows you to accessorize your own Stetson with scarves, feathers and antique pins.
The Dallas Farmers Market is a happening place and not just on weekends. Inside, explore mainstays like Scardello Artisan Cheese and Lone Chimney Mercantile, a gift shop with tees and home goods inspired by Dallas landmarks.
Don’t leave town before spending an afternoon in the bustling Bishop Arts District. Stop into We Are 1976 for letterpress cards (many of which are made in-house) or The Wild Detectives, a bookstore, coffee shop and bar all rolled into one. If you have time to explore more of the DFW area, suburbs Grapevine and McKinney boast quaint main streets that exude small-town Texas charm.
The shopping scene in Houston is as colorful and diverse as H-Town itself. First up? The Heights neighborhood. Find ethically made goods at the Asch Building and Forth & Nomad. Manready Mercantile skews masculine in attire, but their candles and leather keychains appeal to all. Tea Sip, a woman-owned organic tea shop, is another can’t-miss spot. Choose from small batch blends with cutesy names like Turmeric Tease and Petal Party. There’s even a smokey black tea called Texas BBQ.
If you’re short on time, look no further than one-stop wonders like Railway Heights Market or the art deco River Oaks Shopping Center. Or head to Kuhl-Linscomb, a five-building megastore founded by a local interior designer that features everything from jewelry and cosmetics to cookware and linens.
In nearby Montrose, which borders the Museum District, artsy havens like Space Montrose and Cactus Music abound. Clothing store Sloan/Hall makes for a gallery-like browsing experience, while the wild exterior of the Leopard Lounge is a work of art—and the perfect Instagrammable backdrop for commemorating your Texas-sized shopping spree.