by Ashley Gartland - 183 Reviews - 53 List
There's no reason kids should have all the fun now that back-to-school shopping in Portland is in full swing. Let them stick to the big box department stores in their search for picture-perfect ensembles while we adults revive this annual shopping tradition at the city's top boutiques. Here, the best places to find fall essentials from sturdy boots to stylish trench coats to help you usher in your own back-to-cool wardrobe.
Updated: October 21, 2009
Shoe-obsessed shoppers pop into this minimalist boutique and soon find themselves stroking the buttery soft leather on the fine European boots. Come fall, they'll be stocking up on everything from high fashion boots to sensible, urban-casual styles perfect for wandering the Broadway district in.
Waterproof Jacket: When this boutique-lounge hybrid bought the flailing Nau brand to sell in its brick-walled shop, the city's outdoorsy types came calling. Urban guys and girls in the market for a new rain jacket appreciate the brand's edgy, modern cuts that keep them dry without impacting their personal style.
Cardigans: From ruffle-front sweaters for her to black-and-white checked cardigans for him, this New York transplant boutique has got the corner on the cardigan market. Trendy neighborhood regulars swing by to pick up this fall staple, then add graphic tees, structured jackets and messenger bags to their stash to supplement their growing back-to-cool mix.
The It Bag: A statement-making designer bag is a must in every woman's wardrobe but buying these pricey accessories in this economy is a hard sell. Fortunately, what's old is new (and reduced in price) at this upscale Northwest neighborhood consignment shop. Here, well-heeled women snag steals on Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch handbags, among many other designer brands. Just make sure to visit often as the selection changes daily and regular shoppers snatch up the best finds fast.