13 Trendy Boutiques on the Hill for Every Style
Don’t let the cobblestones and turn-of-the-century architecture fool you: Chestnut Hill’s main street, Germantown Avenue, is a hub of modern, fashion-forward womenswear. In a stretch of just six blocks, you will find more than a dozen shops selling contemporary clothing, eye-catching accessories and probably your new favorite pair of shoes, too. From neutrals to vibrant colors, upscale to dressed down, the boutiques on the Hill sell apparel for all tastes – and their friendly owners (many of whom live in the neighborhood) are always happy to share their style expertise.
Here’s a closer look at what’s in store when you visit this charming shopping district:
Upgrade your everyday wear with comfortable wardrobe staples made from quality fabrics, starting at STYLE CAMP. This popular boutique carries a well-curated collection of under-the-radar labels and is known for selling sweaters that are as cool as they are cozy. Nearby stores Noble Goods and Atlantic continue the trend with their own takes on the upscale-yet-laidback look. Go to Noble Goods for clothes with urban edge that transition from day to night, such as denim jumpsuits, soft corduroy tunics, and handcrafted leather bags.
Inside Atlantic, named “Best New Women’s Boutique” in Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly 2018, peruse sleek designer apparel and homewares that embody an easy coastal aesthetic, inspired by the store’s flagship location on Nantucket Island. (Atlantic intentionally doesn’t have a website, so you have to walk in the brick-and-mortar store to experience its selection.)
If pops of color are what you’re after, you’ll find plenty to love inside Bohemian Pink. The shop is filled with patterned dresses, bright raincoats, and carry-all handbags for any occasion. Bonus: Kids will stay occupied exploring the many novelty items, including unicorn PopSockets and “squishies” shaped like cupcakes. Make Quelque Chose your destination for resort wear – plus fun earrings, scarves, belts, and accessories to tie your outfit together. The boutique brings the sunshine with eye-catching dresses and tops from beloved designers like Lilly Pulitzer and Barbara Gerwit.
For sophisticated party dresses and polished office attire, check out Sara Campbell. The Boston designer’s line features flattering silhouettes in a simple palette of navy, red, black, and more classic hues. Just two doors down is another American original, J. McLaughlin. From cashmere sweaters and pencil skirts to tweed coats and leather ankle booties, the store’s traditional East Coast attire never goes out of style. The newly opened ellelauri, located further up the Avenue, puts a more contemporary spin on luxury womenswear. Look for chic jumpsuits, sequined blazers, and versatile tops made from soft fabrics that you’ll want to wear at work and into the evening.
The relaxed fashions from Mango attract shoppers of all ages. Think flowy skirts made from fair-trade natural fibers, quirky print dresses with pockets, and lots of locally-made jewelry. The store also sells a popular line of Philadelphia-centric shirts designed by hometown artist Paul Carpenter. Across the street, El Quetzal offers cute casual wear aplenty, including floral tops, daytime dresses, and jackets that go with anything. You’ll also want to stock up on the eclectic gift items sold here – a zodiac candle for the Sagittarius in your family, perhaps?
TC Unlimited, located a few short blocks down the Hill, is your one-stop shop for standout style. The boutique sells streetwear brands and bold add-ons like studded fanny packs and blinged-out sunglasses. At Greene Street, a sustainable resale boutique, you can score name brands like Nicole Miller, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein for wallet-friendly prices. Beyond the extensive clothing racks, the store’s array of shoes, watches, jewelry and bags is chock-full of goodies (like CHANEL handbags). Artisans on the Avenue is another treasure trove of accessories. Start at the color-coded clothing racks, then look through an impressive assortment of necklaces, earrings, hats, totes, scarves and more staples. Outfit complete!
Find a full list of Chestnut Hill’s shopping boutiques here.
Photos by Dustin LaCava-Wingate, En Route