Ok, there’s no way around this fact–I love clothes. I love fashion blogs, repinning dream outfits on Pinterest, and stalking dresses on a wide range of online stores. I take a lot of pride in how I dress, and it has taken years of trial (and a LOT of error) to find a style that makes me feel confident and excited to see the world. I have a strong opinion that you feel as good as you look, so on even your worst days, a cute outfit can pull it all together. Even if you’re feeling down in the dumps, getting out of sweatpants and into something that makes you feel fabulous can do wonders for your mood. But, I digress.
My fashion sense means a lot to me, and I’m very specific about my style. My wardrobe comes from lots of different stores–a lot comes from Goodwill, because a lot of my style comes from old school patterns and flattering cuts from the past. Some things come from GAP, Forever 21, and Urban Outfitters–common chains that provide good basics and excellent sales. However, my favorite things in my closet come from boutiques in downtown stores. My love for boutiques developed in college, where a local store became where most of my clothes came from (and money went to). I loved having dresses, skirts, and tops that were unique and not found anywhere else. I started making it a necessity to visit local boutiques whenever I visited a city, and try to ignore the chains that I could get anywhere. Buying local is the only way to be, honestly.
Alright, alright, I’m getting to my point–Asheville has AMAZING boutiques sprinkled throughout downtown, its various neighborhoods, and even a couple tucked into the Asheville Mall. However, my favorite would have to be Minx–an amazing boutique located on Lexington Avenue.
My girl Bonnie & I were in dire need of a good shopping trip. Winter blues are equivalent to fashion slumps, and I was not immune to such despair. Okay, I’m being overly dramatic, but any excuse to go into Minx is good enough for me.
Whenever I go (which is often), the girls that work there are incredibly professional, fashionable, and kind. Someone always welcomes you when you walk in, no matter how crowded the store is. The colors of the store are bright and cheery (an excellent contrast from the dark, crowded stores in malls) and the dresses are arranged by similar colors and patterns. I truly believe there is something for any occasion at this store–date dresses, work tops, sexy ensembles for nights out…whatever! So many styles are celebrated in this store, and whether you’re into vintage, trends, or classic styles, you will definitely find something. As you are shopping, the ladies of Minx come up and ask you how you’re doing, what you’re looking for, or if they can start a dressing room for you. It never, ever comes across as pushy or uncomfortable–you feel like you’re shopping with some super helpful girlfriends.
Once you’ve made your try-on selections, the most fun begins. A lot of times, trying on clothes can cause a lot of anxiety–for a lot of women, shopping can reaffirm some negative thoughts that they already have about their bodies, and that is no fun. Shopping and trying to find things that flatter your body and show off your assets (any and all puns intended) should create confidence, and the girls at Minx help you with that. When you walk out of your dressing room, the Minx girls offer any and all advice you would ever need. They are so genuine in their compliments–it never comes across as phoney just so they can make a sale. They are also very considerate and honest if something doesn’t look that great on you–they offer suggestions for new styles, patterns and colors that may flatter your body better in a way that doesn’t make you feel bad or uncomfortable. These girls must have some psychology backgrounds or something–but they’re probably just really, really good at their job.
I ended up with three dresses that I loved yesterday, and enjoyed spending time with my friend and having fun conversations with the Minx girls that were working on a chilly Monday afternoon. I always have such an incredible experience shopping at Minx, and I want you to have an excellent time too, so here are a couple of tips:
- It is a local boutique that features many designers and brands, but these designers and brands can sometimes come with a hefty price tag. Expect to pay somewhere between $40-$65 dollars on an amazing dress, top, or bottom–but they have many things that are lower in price, as well.
- Do NOT neglect their accessories! They have incredible bags, shoes, jewelry, socks, and tights to complete any look you create at the store. I repeat–these Minx girls are super helpful and love to complete outfits with you, so don’t hesitate to ask for help!
- Be sure to check out their sales rack near the back of the store, next to the dressing room entrance-way. They always have a nice selection, and everything on the rack is 40% off!
- If you love Minx but aren’t overwhelmed with anything in the store, be sure to check out their website–besides some of their more expensive items and a few accessories, the clothes on their site are different from what’s inside the Lexington Avenue location. You can even pick-up the items at the store, and return them with a return approval code. Ask any of the ladies at Minx for more information, and definitely check out their web site and blog for fashion inspiration.
If you’re in the mood for a dress that will wow everyone at a party, a flattering skirt for a presentation, or just a cute top for your daily routine, please visit Minx! It is an incredible store (my favorite, remember?) and you won’t regret it. Check them out at 64 N. Lexington Ave (in downtown Asheville), 7 days a week! Go out & get ’em, you saucy minxes! ❤