6 Local Boutiques to Help Freshen Up Your Summer Wardrobe

You’ll want to shop ‘til you drop with these hidden gems of Rhode Island’s fashion scene.
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Inside J Marcel. Photo from J Marcel’s Facebook page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.


While it may be easy to shop online for all your new summer outfits, the benefit of shopping local is what you don’t see on your screen. This list is a great place to start to find something original, unusual and perhaps never-before-seen on anyone else. Plus, what’s better than being helped by a passionate and knowledgeable business owner and helping to support local? Get shopping!

J Marcel

New clothes make us feel empowered, and that’s what J Marcel strives to help customers with every day since 2008. The boutique has offered affordable apparel, jewelry and footwear in an all-inclusive and friendly environment. Plus, every item you purchase will be matched and sent to Sojourner House in Providence to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

How to shop: New in-store hours through the end of June, Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required inside.

The details: 808 Hope St., Providence, 401-383-9777, jmarcel.com


Capucine – The Art of Clothing

Capucine offers a wide variety of upscale casual clothing featuring hip designers from New York to California. The unique inventory changes frequently, but the excellent customer service doesn’t. Owner Heidi Keller always makes sure you feel welcome and sends you off with whatever you’re looking for.

How to shop: Open in-store Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday through Monday by appointment.

The details: 359 S. Main St., Providence, 401-273-6622


Galapagos Boutique

Everyone at Galapagos loves fashion, and they certainly show it when you stop by this charming boutique. There are two floors of thoughtfully arranged unique pieces of casual chic clothing and accessories for both men and women. You’ll find everything from the hottest trends to trendsetting designs that are sure to make you stand out.

How to shop: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., no appointment necessary

The details: 5193 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 401-322-3000, galapagosboutique.com


Green Ink

You can think of Green Ink Boutique as the place for women who want to dress well without too much fuss. And at all locations, the staff is there to help you. Each designer is chosen thoughtfully for their ever evolving inventory, so that everyone can express themselves to the fullest.

How to shop: Shop online or in both stores open daily, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The details: 89 Brown St., Wickford, 401-294-6266; 199 Wayland Ave., Providence, 401-421-0250, greeninkboutique.com


Mandarine Boutique 

The Mandarine Boutique has helped visitors to Newport hone an exotic, resort-style flair for their wardrobe. While the shop may be hidden, your inner fashionista will not be disappointed by stopping by. The retail team also offers consultations and knowledgeable views on the latest trends.

How to shop: open in-store and online, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The details: 16 R Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, 401-848-9360, terramandarine.com 


Elle G 

If you’re looking for contemporary styles at great prices, Elle G is the boutique for you! The store has a wide range of unique, everyday pieces, with some extra eye-catching dresses here and there. Products include clothing, jewelry and accessories, all hand selected with you in mind.

How to shop: Closed on Mondays, but you can reach the shop twenty-four-seven on Instagram, the website and by email. In-store shopping by appointment only if you call.

The details: 330 Main St., Wakefield, 401-284-2091, shopelleg@gmail.com, IG: @shopelleg, ellegri.com



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