Accessories include a variety of items such as shoes, handbags, glasses, scarves, ties, hats, belts, hosiery, socks, jewelry and hair ornaments and can be used to emphasize your best features, convert a casual outfit to dressy or transform an otherwise outdated garment into an on-trend look at minimal expense. Some of the hottest fashion trends for this summer are neon colors, bold floral patterns, mixed denims, colorful clutches and fanny packs, bohemian chic jewelry, heavy metal jewelry, embellished shoes and sunglasses as well as the classic combination of black and white. Although metro Atlanta is home to hundreds of accessory shops, the boutiques listed below offer unique and on-trend items at prices that won’t break the bank so you can still afford to take part in the city’s vast selection of summer activities and festivals.
135 Roberts Way
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Gawdy Bobbles artisan jewelry is featured in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine for the second year in a row and is the creation of Atlanta native Lynn Kemp, a former buyer for Macy’s with a keen insight for trend forecasting in the style and fashion category. In 2000, Lynn tapped into her creative abilities to aid in fundraising efforts on behalf of her son’s football team by designing spirit bracelets in the team’s school colors. Over time, demand increased with requests for more intricate designs from those in the Atlanta social scene, prompting Ms. Kemp to bid farewell to her fashion career and pursue her passion and talent for jewelry design full time in 2003. In 2010, Ms. Kemp opened her design studio in historic Blue Ridge, Georgia and in 2011, expanded to include Gawdy Bobbles retail store where you can peruse the largest selection of Lynn’s accessories for both men and women. (Gawdy Bobbles leather bangles can be found at Peridot, Peridot West and Margarites on Dresden in Atlanta, GA.)
1250 Caroline St., Suite C120
Atlanta, GA 30307
The Beehive boutique strives to support local artists by providing them with a brick and mortar space to increase brand recognition and retail sales while fostering their passion and entrepreneurial spirit through a network of fellow artists and entrepreneurs. The Beehive offers a wide variety of accessories including hand-crafted jewelry, belts, scarves, hats and hair ornaments for both young and old with a unique collection of children’s accessories and clothing.
3400 Around Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
The go-to place for budget fashionistas, Fab’rik is known for its collection of current trends and designs in both clothing and accessories all priced less than $100 each (excluding denim). Fab’rik is a dream come true for the denim enthusiast, offering a huge selection of designer jeans in an array of styles and colors. Don’t ponder your purchase too long when shopping at one of Georgia’s 14 Fab’rik locations as inventory moves quickly and is consistently refreshed with new on-trend items.
464 Moreland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Junkman’s Daughter, an alternative superstore, has been a staple in the Little Five Points district of Atlanta since 1982 and according to George Whalin, author of “Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America,” it is one of America’s Best Independent Retailers. The 10,000-square-foot retail space houses a variety of retro and vintage accessories, knickknacks, wigs and other novelty items including a 20-foot red high-heeled staircase that leads to a unique selection of boots and shoes. Junkman’s Daughter is a favorite among hipsters and musicians in the diverse Atlanta social scene and one of the best places to shop for unique costumes and accessories year round.
1035 Canton St.
Roswell, GA 30075
The Built-House is a “total lifestyle” store with three metro-Atlanta locations, the largest of which is located on Canton Street in the heart of historic Roswell. The collection of clothing and artistic accessories is unique but not necessarily edgy and would appeal to a wide demographic of consumers. The Built-House has established a reputation for carrying original yet on-trend styles that are reminiscent of something you might find at Anthropology or Free People. If you are a fan of Old Gringo boots, The Built-House is one of the few locations in Georgia that retail this sought-after brand with on-trend styles to complete one of the hottest fashion trends, Bohemian chic (boho chic).